Couples and Relationship Therapy
Couples and Relationship Therapy improves relationships by addressing existing relationship issues and developing new skills. Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for couples to work on communication, emotional connection, and conflict resolution.
Why do couples need counselling?
There are many reasons why people might seek relationship counselling. Here are a few common reasons:
Communication problems: People may struggle to communicate effectively with each other, leading to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and conflict.
Conflict resolution: People may have difficulty resolving conflicts or may find themselves in repetitive patterns of arguments that seem to go nowhere.
Infidelity: In couples, one or both partners may have engaged in infidelity, causing a breakdown in trust and emotional connection.
Life transitions: Major life transitions such as the birth of a child, a job change, or moving to a new location can place stress on a relationship and lead to conflict.
Sexual difficulties: People may struggle with sexual issues such as differences in desire, difficulty with arousal or orgasm, or a lack of intimacy.
Lack of emotional connection: People may feel disconnected from each other, lacking the emotional bond that is necessary for a healthy relationship.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Your Psych Centre provides couples and relationship therapy using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is an evidence-based approach that improves emotional connection and bonding in relationships.
EFT sees attachment as a basic human need, and emotions are essential in managing and understanding our attachment needs in relationships. By identifying and expressing underlying emotions people can better understand each other’s needs and establish deeper connections.
In EFT, therapists work with both parties to create a supportive environment to explore their emotions and learn new ways of relating. Negative patterns of interaction, such as criticism, defensiveness, or withdrawal, are identified and replaced with more positive communication and behaviours.
EFT is effective in addressing various relationship issues, including communication, infidelity, and sexual difficulties. Research has shown that EFT promotes lasting change in relationships – with couples reporting improvements in their relationship satisfaction even years after therapy.