Relationship Counselling for Couples

Relationships can be very enriching and also difficult at times. When two people join together as part of an intimate relationship (marriage, dating relationship, life partnership, couples, etc) it is normal for various issues and struggles to arise as partners strive to attain and maintain relationship satisfaction and enrichment.

Relationship Counselling assists with increasing empathetic understanding, improving effective communication and parental functioning while providing an opportunity for mutual growth. This growth will have a positive impact on each individual, the couple and the family as a whole.

Yarra Valley’s experienced relationship psychologists help clients negotiate many common obstacles that can lead to decreased relationship satisfaction. These include communication difficulties, unresolved anger, infidelity and other betrayals, financial conflicts, arguments that do not get resolved, trust/intimacy issues, sexual difficulties, differences in parenting styles, role conflicts in blended families, and general lack of closeness.

How Relationship Counselling Helps

Yarra Valley psychologists work with couples to :

•    Overcome communication barriers

•    Develop healthy boundaries

•    Develop an effective parenting team

•    Restore emotional closeness and intimacy

•    Improve ability to resolve conflict

•    Identify mutually agreeable role expectations

•    Recover from infidelity and betrayal

•    Increase relationship fulfilment

•    Adapting to life transitions

The Relationship Counselling process involves the assessment of the dynamics of your relationship, issues that may be adding stress to you as individuals and to the relationship. In addition, adaptive and maladaptive patterns that exist in your relationship will be explored.

Some common elements that will be assessed and strengthened include:

• Your relationship’s stresses and conflicts

• Your relationship’s strengths and weaknesses

• Your relationship’s communication patterns

• Each person’s expectations for the relationship and for individual growth

Our psychologists counsel from a strength based and positive therapy framework. Our integrative and flexible approach utilises knowledge and techniques from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), as well as attachment and insight oriented therapies to design effective assessment, consultation and treatment strategies.

There is an emphasis on going beyond developing understanding. Our Psychologists equip clients with cutting edge knowledge and skills in all the factors that add up to an increase in positive relationship functioning and relationship satisfaction.

Our Psychologists value diversity and inclusivity.