Seeking therapy as a couple offers the opportunity to explore hurt and angry feelings in a safe and thoughtful setting. Relationships can become “gridlocked”, repeating unhelpful or frustrating, even destructive patterns. The insights offered in relationship therapy can help couples recognise unhelpful dynamics and establish new, more fulfilling ways of relating. Couple therapy can enable both partners to begin to think about their relationship with empathy and gain insight into both their own and their partner’s experience, feelings and behaviour.
Relationship therapy with both partners present can bring invaluable insight into deep-seated reasons behind repeated patterns, frustrations or escalating or circular arguments and support both partners in thinking through what they each bring into the relationship.
Psychotherapy is a non-directive, exploratory way of working that is thought to be beneficial in addressing deep-seated, complex, troubling issues and supports patients in creating a more fulfilling life. This analytic approach examines how past experiences might shape and influence our thinking about both our relationships with others and in our relationship with ourselves.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy works toward developing a greater awareness of early patterns of behaviour, allowing the individual or couple to experience a greater sense of personal authority and well-being in the here and now.
Many people choose to seek relationship therapy without a partner. Individual relationship therapy is often sought by those experiencing difficulties in coping with a break-up, or who are seeking a deeper understanding of their own relationship. It can also be useful for those who want to explore the absence of lasting intimate relationships.