The place for couples…..
Specialist Counselling & Psychotherapy for couples who want a better relationship
Harley Street London
The Relationship Centre is for any couple who are looking for a better relationship, whether it’s to improve on a good relationship to make it a wonderful one, or if it’s a relationship in crisis that needs help. We are based in Harley Street, central London, and on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. We see clients from London, Southampton, Winchester, Lymington and other areas. The centre is a Hub for not just Psychotherapy, but also research, training and couple counselling, supervision and relationship coaching.
Couple, or relationship counselling (once termed marriage counselling or marriage guidance) is a specialist form of counselling for 2 people together in the same room. This is often for couples in a romantic relationship, such as husband and wife or partners, but can also be used for relationships such as parent and child, siblings, or even family members.
Most people think of couple counselling as being a last resort when things are really bad, and crisis point has been reached. This doesn’t have to be the case. Many relationships benefit in a big way by using couple counselling as a way of sorting out minor issues in the relationship, before they grow into resentment and arguments. Sometimes couple counselling can be used to help a relationship end in a positive way, so any anger or resentment is left in the counselling room, and not taken into their new life as separate people.
Couple counselling can be used in the following situations;
There are obviously other reasons why a couple would seek a counsellor to help them through a difficult time, the important thing is to look at working with a professional to resolve the issues as soon as possible.
Couple counselling isn’t about blame, it isn’t about one partner being wrong and the other right, and research has shown many men feel they are going to be put on the spot by the counsellor and will have to defend themselves, and again this is not the case.
The counsellor will be the facilitator to help the couple step back from what is not working in the relationship, understand their partner and the relationship dynamics, as well as themselves, and look at ways to improve the relationship so it becomes a healthier, flourishing, and a positive thing for both parties.
Although a counselling approach is the basis of good support for a couple and a relationship, once some of the issues have been talked through, there is a need for a positive way forward, and often a couple will ask, “so what do we do?”
This is where a coaching approach helps, where as a counsellor may not suggest things you can try, a coach can, so tasks, goals and trying different approaches can be discussed. In this way both the counselling and coaching approach works best, so you can tell your story, but the counsellor/coach can suggest ways forward to start making changes.
We also work with individuals who have been affected by a broken relationship, difficult relationships with parents or children, someone who is struggling being single, or someone who is experiencing painful memories from a past poor relationship.
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More information; The Relationship Centre uses a number of therapeutic models in the work with couples. This will include general counselling, Mindfulness, CBT, Family Systems, Gestalt Counselling and Narrative Therapy. Much of the work is based on the Gottman Institute and their research on what makes a successful relationship. The Gottman’s are seen as leading experts in their research and their training around relationships, and much of their training forms the basis of the Relationship Centre’s approach.
The counselling can look at any issue in the relationship, including affairs, anxieties, couple dynamics, needs and communication skills. For a relationship counsellor or couple counsellor, please contact us with any questions or information requests.
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The Relationship Centre
Amara Clinic, Hythe, Hampshire.
Harley Street, London
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." — Mingon McLaughlin
“You cant just give up on someone just because the situation is not ideal. Great relationships aren’t great because they have no problems. They’re great because both people care about the other person to find a way to make it work.” -Unknown
“Lets not forget it’s you and me vs. problem. Not you vs. me” -anon