Many of us know that relationships are hard work-be they romantic, work, friendship, family or just general human relationships. Like cars, relationships require regular maintenance to keep them running well. If there is an issue, it is best to have it repaired right away to avoid further complications down the road.
Although most relationship therapy may involve couples and marriage mates, as a therapist I focus on other relationships as well which include family, friends acquaintanceship and work relationships. These relationships may affect individuals in different ways both positively and negatively. I therefore focus on the relationship issues, explore the dynamics involved in creating and causing issues and how it is affecting the client.
With the client we explore the effects of past and present issues and try to create new and more positive ways to make the client feel better and heal. Communication skills form part of the therapy as clients learn new ways of communicating.
Relationship counselling typically involves a finite number of sessions (typically between 60 to 90 minutes in duration) between me and the client/clients. I work with many other professionals to provide the best care for the clients and often refer to and consult with other therapists who are providing individual therapy to their clients if need arises.