How to prepare for couples counselling

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Couples work is a little different to individual psychotherapy, because there are two clients in the room, who may have differing goals and expectations. Couples work is most effective when there is an alignment betweem what the two people want, because they can then work together towards their common goals.  This being the case, its a great idea to talk about what you both want and expect before you go.  It's not always possible, and can be covered in the first session, but it may help you make an informed decision about whether couples work is the right way forward for you.

Here are some questions to give thought to:

1.  What brings you to couples psychotherapy? 2.  Why now? 3.  What are your goals?  4.  What will be difference once your goals have been met? 5.  How important is this to you both? What benefits will it bring? 6.  How will you know when your goals for psychotherapy are met? 7.  What's your understanding of the issues? 8.  How do you think change might occur? 9.  What are you prepared to commit to do differently to meet your goals? 10.  What are you prepared to let go of to move forwards?

If you'd like help working through these goals, or have a clear idea of what you want to work with and are ready to get started, then get in touch.  

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.

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