Counselling and Therapy for Relationship Issues
Relationship issues can vary from 'have I found the right person for me', to we are in a relationship but we fight a lot, or there is one particular thing my partner does which worries me or makes me feel we have no future.
It could be the discovery of an affair, commitment issues or pornography or uncovering a secret which reveals a new side to a person you thought you knew well. Whatever it is, there are no relationships which don't hit rocky patches from time to time. Some of the most common relationship problems include:
- Coping in a relationship following a new baby
- Coping after an affair
- The children have left home and we have nothing in common
- Becoming involved in an affair
- Not talking and feeling lonely
- Work and home life isn't balanced
- A partner has alcohol or drug problems
- Can't stop arguing
- Coping with difficult teenagers
- Coping with step-children and ex-partners
- The sexual side of the relationship has faltered
- Managing a separation or divorce
- Trust issues in a relationship
Resolving problems in a relationship
In addition to relationship issues there are also a whole set of problems around how couples set about trying to resolve things.
One term used to describe the kind of fruitless arguments which go round and round with no resolution is 'kitchen sinking'. This refers to the tendency when a row starts for everything 'including the kitchen sink' to be thrown in. In other words – the fight starts off with something relatively trivial but degenerates into a brawl where lots of old grievances keep being brought back up.
'Kitchen sinking' is the way many couples try to resolve issues and usually doesn't work so well. Going to see a specialist with experience of the kind of things couples fight about and knows how to help improve communication and resolve matters can do a lot to improve things. No marital or couples therapist can ever really directly tell you who is right for you or whether it's time to leave a relationship or not. However, having an expert to confide in, who is able to dispense frank advice, and hasn't got the same ties to you as your friends or relatives, so therefore can be more dispassionate, is often invaluable.
How can we help?
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors who are experienced in relationship counselling and they will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family.
By calling our Admissions Counsellor on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.