CB Counselling Services




You don't have to wait until things get really bad between you before considering couples therapy.

In every relationship there will be ups and downs. Many disagreements can be settled without outside help, but not always.

How can couples counselling help you both?

If a successful relationship is for a lifetime, then inevitably there will be ups and downs. If a relationship develops, as many do, with joint financial commitments, a house and a family, then this adds to the complexity.

A lot of the time disagreements can be sorted out without the need for a third party – but not always. I’ll explain what couples counselling is (also known as relationship counselling) and how it can help.

What is couples counselling?

Couples counselling is an effective form of talking therapy designed to resolve issues within a relationship.

For many couples the instinct is to try and resolve differences within the relationship. Couples counselling is talking therapy for two people within a relationship, usually at the same time.

What does a couples counsellor do?

My role is a facilitator and a means to improving communication to help you resolve the issues between you. As a couples counsellor I will not give you the answers or tell you whether or not you should separate. I am not here to criticise or pass judgement. Therapy should be a space free of judgement where you can explore your feelings and emotions openly and then take any suitable action.

How can couples counselling help you both?

Relationship counselling can help improve the way you relate to those around you and allow you to break free from old patterns of behaviour. I can provide a supportive and non judgemental environment to help you identify issues or problems in a relationship and find a way through these difficulties.

The aim of couples counselling is to help to:

·        reconnect and/or rediscover moments of connection

·        understand how external factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship

·        reflect on the past between you and how it affects the present situation

·        communicate in a more constructive way

·        learn why arguments escalate and how to become aware of them early on

·        negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible

The counselling can provide the space to think and grow and ultimately, decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.

What brings people to couples counselling?

Some common issues that can be explored through couples counselling include. This is non an exhaustive list as every relationship issue is unique to each couple:

·        lack of trust

·        betrayal or an affair

·        jealousy

·        lack of communication

·        conflict arising from finances and work

·        difference expectations regarding intimate aspects of a relationship

·        different approaches to parenting

·        divergence about what the future looks like

When is couples counselling recommended?

Every couple is different, so when you choose to seek help will depend on the nature of the issue you’re facing. If you’re concerned about your relationship and feel you’re unable to reach a conclusion alone, it’s likely that you’ll benefit from couples counselling.

Get in touch about couples / relationship counselling in Bedford

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07525 346998 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

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