Couples Counselling - Helping you with your relationship
Many couples having difficulty in their relationship experience patterns of conflict and negative feelings that repeat over and over. These patterns if left untreated become distressing and erode the goodwill each person has toward the other. Over time criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling begin to take hold and a negative cycle of communication becomes the predominant way couples try and solve their issues. Often the only way out of this cycle is to seek professional couples counselling to help solve the negative pattern of communication so that better communication and connection can restore the goodwill in the relationship.
Symptoms of a relationship in trouble:
- Criticism – attacking your partner’s character, trying to make yourself right and them wrong.
- Defensiveness – seeing yourself as the victim, making excuses, not listening.
- Expressions of contempt – attacking the other through sarcasm, abuse, body language such as sneering or rolling the eyes.
- Stonewalling – withdrawing through silence, monosyllabic answers, or moving away.