One of the biggest challenges couples can face is often what can make the most significant difference to their relationship: effective communication.
Effective communication happens when both partners can clearly and simply describe their feelings, thoughts and wishes to each other, listen to each other, and feel understood by the other. Effective communication does not happen when one partner gets their own way by the other either resentfully complying, or agreeing to avoid conflict or feeling vulnerable.
Learning how to communicate effectivley as a couple can be challenging but well worth the effort as it can make a tremendous difference to the quality of your relationship.
Dilemmas, tensions, misunderstandings and disappointments are part of any successful couple relationship as two people try to navigate and negotiate competing needs, hopes and wishes. Effective communication can make a real difference to whether those dilemmas, tensions, misunderstandings and disappointments create distance and resentment, or opportunties for growth and more fulfillment as individuals and for your couple relationship.
Couples counselling can provide an excellent opportunity to learn skills in effective communication alongside working through the specific dilemma/s that you are seeking couples counselling for.
"We just can't seem to communicate" is one of the most common reasons couples seek counselling. I can support and guide you both in developing effective communication skills equipping your relationship to face the ongoing changes and challenges that life inevitably brings to any couple.
Having the skills to express your thoughts, feelings and wishes to each other especially when these are confusing, upsetting or difficult to say is often the foundation for a fulfilling and satisfying couple relationship