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.  

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Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

I am here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to clients based in Durham. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists locally. I have worked in private practice, the NHS, and in charitable organisations, with a wide range of clients and conditions.

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