Graham McDonald Dip.Couns (MBACP) Counselling in Banbury, Oxfordshire

An Introduction of Couples and Relationship Therapy?


It can sometimes feel like the distance between you and your partner is growing further apart. At times, resentments, frustrations and differences within the relationship keep arising, whatever you try to do differently, and no matter how hard you try to resolve things. Sometimes it may get to a point you might even consider ending the relationship. It is often at this point that either one or both partners decide to seek outside help from a couples counsellor.


Without any knowledge, skills or interventions on how to repair your relationship when it starts to go wrong, it can be really difficult to get it back to a better place. This can cause further divides in your relationship, Resentments and grudges and dislikes about each other can build up and deeper issues can arise in the relationship. Smaller issues left unresolved, can create bigger problems down the line, and these problems will begin to build up.                                                                                      Couples/Relationship therapy creates an environment that enables you to explore your issues together in a safe and managed way. You will be encouraged to talk and discuss, rather than score points and argue. You will learn new skills of communication, which includes active listening, understanding your partner's view, even if you don’t agree with some or all of their opinions. You will also learn how to reason with each other, so you find compromise easier.                                                                                                  


It can turn even a harmonious relationship into one very difficult and not enjoyable anymore.


As your therapist, my work is to see things through the eyes of both individuals. which ensures that there is no bias to either party, and helps keep an equilibrium for you both. 


You will both each be given time to put your individual points across, and be listened to and be heard. You will be encouraged to find joint solutions on how to resolve disagreements and difference of opinions. I will facilitate the work for you both, via discussion and exercises, This will be in the therapy room and also by homework exercises to practice together.


Some of the common issues in relationships:

  • Constant arguments and disagreements
  • Different needs / wants and life directions
  • Problems with communication (listening and being heard)
  • Cultural differences
  • Religious differences
  • Financial issues
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of intimacy: touching (sexual and non sexual), non contact e.g. smiles, gestures, listening, understanding
  • Trust issues
  • Children / families
  • Sexual issues
  • Maintaining a good relationship
  • Seeking help in separating                                                                                                                                                               

If you feel your relationship has started to become difficult, and would like to find out more information on couples therapy, or if you would like to arrange a free, no obligation initial call, please feel free to call me on 07588 606606 or email me


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