In the Relationship Space, I provide services that support couples working through a range of issues arising in relationships including infidelity, trust issues, difficulty with communication and conflict, life transitions, parenting and also in making big choices about relationships and working through separations where necessary.
My approach is strongly focused on what happens between the couple. Research shows that there are many facets to strong relationships and the aim is to work through a process of assessing the relationship with the couple and targeting practical interventions to problem areas. This approach acknowledges that each relationship is different and ensures that counselling targets the most crucial areas first, often around conflict, but it also ensures that the areas of the relationship associated with growth and connectedness are also addressed.
It is essential that couples learn how to disagree effectively as differences of opinions are inevitable in any relationship.
Having good conflict management skills is not enough to make a strong relationship and I help support couples in coming to understand and connect with one another in meaningful ways and create strong, resilient family units. Couples are also assisted to identify their areas of ‘gridlock’ (issues that keep coming up again and again through life) and rather than keep having the same arguments repeated, tools are provided to create meaningful dialogue around these areas as a means of helping couples to better understand each other.
The aim is to educate and empower couples, providing them with tools and skills, practice in counselling, that they are then able to take home and utilize on an ongoing basis, creating a new way of relating to one another that brings meaning and connectedness to their relationship.