Updated: Nov 9, 2020
Most people often think relationship counselling is going to be difficult or scary. But the truth is making the call for an appointment itself is probably the hardest part.
Relationship counselling or couples counselling is a short-term process that generally lasts a few months, however timeframes depend not only on the issues needing resolution, but the level of engagement the couple bring.
It’s natural for people to feel anxious or nervous about their first consultation, the fear of the unknown can be powerful, however our team of experienced and highly trained staff are here to guide you through the process to ensure it’s as stress free, and beneficial as possible.
What Would You Expect on Your Relationship Counselling?
Your First Appointment
Our first session together involves discussing and identifying main issues of concern along with some initial therapy planning. We then work together to identify the most appropriate goals and strategies. Subsequent sessions include discussion of relevant issues, thoughts, feelings, reactions, skill development (e.g. relaxation training) and useful educational information about your particular concerns.
The initial sessions are also designed to establish a relationship with your Psychologist, by building a warm and trusting relationship.
Sex Therapy – A very common cause of relationship disharmony is dissatisfaction with intimacy. When one or both parties feel that they are not getting their needs met or are ‘compromising’ their true desires, the entire relationship inevitably suffers. That is why it is so important to allow for the opportunity during counselling to discuss and create healthy options around the theme of affection and physical love.
Our team is comfortable and well versed in assisting couples in getting back on track with their sex lives, where everyone feels satisfied and in control.
Family Counselling - Counselling is a different experience for everyone especially on family counselling. Families can be our source of love, encouragement, support and all. Family counselling is to help siblings getting in-touch together or parents prevent from separation or divorce.
How Long Does Counselling Take?
Whilst every couple is different, initially you can expect to meet with your counselor in 50 minutes sessions about five to six times. From here a good understanding of the relationship should be forming and a strategy moving forward can be created, this may include, no further counseling, some additional sessions, or some level of alternate therapy to assist.
Confidentiality and Safety
All personal information gathered will remain respectfully confidential. No information will be released to others except when required by law or with your consent as per the APS code of ethics guidelines.
If you are struggling in your relationship or want to learn how to connect more deeply give us a call at the Counselling and Wellbeing Centre in Brisbane for some well-researched counselling strategies that lead to successful, fulfilling relationships. Our professional psychologists can help you rediscover your relationship again by finding the root causes of the issue and compassionately provide you with guidance to help resolve them
Should you wish to discuss your options or would like to know more about our services,