I believe that our personal and intimate relationships are central to how we live.
Happy, successful relationships allow us to thrive and have a wider positive impact on our mental health, our careers, family life and future aspirations. Conversely relationship problems can cause us to feel lost, overwhelmed and rootless. When our closest relationships feel under threat, we don’t always know where to turn.
Relationship therapy can help.
I work with both individuals and couples experiencing relationship difficulties. This used to be called ‘marriage guidance’ but in fact I work with everyone whether they are married, single, co-habiting, in a long term partnership, or something else! I welcome couples and individuals of all backgrounds, sexualities, and identifications, as well as those in open or multiple partner relationships.
I am here to empower and enable you to explore your relationships, both past and present, and help you make sense of how you’re feeling. For some people, this helps them to decide what needs to change in their relationship. For some, it helps them feel greater trust and affection for their partner. For others, it allows them to leave an unhappy situation. For everyone, it provides a space to think, reflect, and wonder about how things could and can be different.
I focus on the patterns and dynamics of your relationship and try to understand what has led to some of these issues occurring. Using psychodynamic, systemic and CBT approaches, I can assess and work with you to help make sense of the challenges you are facing. Ultimately I offer an safe place for you to discuss and explore key issues and discover how things can be improved.
What issues do I work with?
I see clients for a wide range of reasons, which may include:
- Infidelity, affairs and trust issues
- Communication difficulties and arguments
- Maintaining a healthy relationship after the arrival of a baby
- Fertility issues and the impact of infant loss
- Worries around dating and finding a partner
- Sexual and physical intimacy difficulties
- Difficulties maintaining relationships
- Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity issues
- Blending families and step children
- Improving parent-child relationships
- Commitment worries
- The loss of a special relationship or person
- The impact of mental ill health
- Financial difficulties
- Helping clients separate amicably