Welcome to Take Time to Talk

Couples or Relationships Counselling

Couples or relationships counselling gives you a safe, confidential space to talk about your relationship difficulties, grow your understanding of each other and improve your communication.

It enables you to develop skills to resolve your relationship issues and to reconnect with each other, whether that is with your partner, or other family members.

I also offer co-parenting skills coaching when, for example, you disagree over parenting style, find it hard to deal with your child's behaviour, or support them with their worries.

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How I Work

By helping you to find new ways to hear and be heard, you can both discover what you need emotionally, and you can reduce the pain and disconnection of isolation. I can help you to do this and then to work together towards a solution that’s right for you.

By finding emotional connection and mutual understanding it is possible to re-draw the pattern of your relationship and find closeness and that sense of belonging again.

I work with all relationship difficulties whether you are in a couple, relationship or on your own. Counselling is regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity. What’s important is your relationship. Counselling can help to get things back on track.

When the relationship has run its course

As well as helping you to reconnect, couples or relationships counselling can also become about helping you to separate. It can be difficult work to both end and accept the ending of a relationship.

Counselling won’t take away the pain of the loss but it will provide a safe space to think about why things haven’t worked out, to make sense of what has happened and to find ways of moving on.

Children continue to need both parents after a split and knowing how to co-parent after the relationship has ended helps them to adjust successfully.

Does couples counselling work?

Couples’ results vary because their gains are largely determined by their own efforts. Changing your relationship requires listening to your partner, talking things out, and then doing things differently.

If you’re willing to do that, relationships counselling can help you:

  • Get beyond circular arguments and each learn to see your partner’s perspective
  • Develop curiosity in place of defensiveness
  • Discuss difficult issues calmly
  • Take responsibility for change and make it happen
  • Develop self-respect and respect for each other
  • Communicate honestly and in a non-threatening way
  • Develop greater emotional resilience
  • Rediscover the good in your relationship

In terms of how long you need to spend in counselling, everyone is different. Some couples feel ready to leave counselling / therapy after a short time whilst others benefit from a longer period of support. My focus is providing you with the support you need.

Are you experiencing relationship issues and think you would benefit from counselling and couples therapy in person or online? If so, feel free to get in touch and we will arrange an initial 15 minute chat at a time that is convenient for you.

Get in touch

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about supervision or about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial phone conversation. 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. I will endeavour to answer your query and contact you back within 24 hours.

Confidentiality: Client information is confidential and is not shared with anyone. However, in circumstances where someone's personal safety is deemed to be seriously at risk, there is an ethical and legal requirement to share information with appropriate professionals.

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