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I have a special interest in therapeutic responses to addictions. When we are in the grip of an addiction we can do terrible harm to the fabric of our lives, to ourselves and those we care about. We may completely lose the capacity to think positively on our own behalf, lose perspective and struggle to take basic care of our responsibilities.
I know from experience that psychotherapy can in many cases be an extremely effective tool for working with a variety of addictions and compulsions, from recreational drug use and heavy drinking, through to many other out of control behaviours, such as for instance sexual compulsiveness and sexual addictions.
I find that when people feel they have been really listened to and that their issues have been thought through with someone else, then all sorts of behaviours can change, all sorts of interesting things can happen and very often something better and different results can take the place of what may have been very damaging, even life-threatening.
During lasting relationships, people face many important decisions and turning points. Sometimes it is very hard for couples to talk to each other about these problems.
Meeting with an experienced counsellor can be a way to open up communications again through a better understanding of the underlying issues.
Whether you come with your partner or alone, whether you are gay or heterosexual or whether you are married or single, relationship counselling offers a safe and confidential environment in which to explore your difficulties.
I also work with people who may wish to end a marriage or a long term relationship and need help to do this. Counselling can help people going through painful times to overcome emotional difficulties and develop the confidence to rebuild their lives and move forward.
In my experience Couples Psychotherapy is the best use of money that there is for nearly all couples. It is incredibly easy for couples to get tied up in knots and it takes a very skilled eye/ear to notice where these knots are, particularly the ones that are causing all the difficulty.
Psychotherapy for couples is a more in depth form of therapy for those who are having problems in their relationship and want to explore how these difficulties have arisen and what interferes with changing them.
Understanding the underlying blockages and paying attention to both conscious and unconscious factors often will bring about change for the better. It is possible through both a bold and a pragmatic approach to transform the lives of couples in a relatively short period of time.
Some of the things relationship counselling and couple psychotherapy might significantly improve could be:
- Better communication
- More stable relationship and family life
- Improved sexual life
- Greater awareness of partners needs
- Reduced jealousy and resentment
- Increased confidence
- Greater enjoyment of life