People come to relationship counselling for a variety of reasons. Couples may need assistance making an important decision, they may be facing external situational challenges such as a new baby or a sick parent or they may be living in a highly dysfunctional and/or abusive relationship. Finally some couples may have already made that difficult decision to break up and want the support of a counsellor during this process.
Marriage and couples counselling works best when you and your partner are working with a counsellor that not only specialises in relationship and marriage aid, but is also someone who you are confident will understand the particular needs and issues in both your lives. In addition, the connection between you and your counsellor is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome.
People sitting with a Counsellor can have all sorts of thoughts in their heads and emotions in their hearts. Does he like me? Is he disgusted with me? Will he believe me? Will he laugh at me? Does he think I am stupid? Are my troubles trivial compared to what he normally hears? Should I tell him that? Will he be offended if I use bad language?
As a well trained and experienced counsellor please remain assured that my only focus is on the ways I might be of assistance to you. There is no need for embarrassment or shame as difficult issues will have been presented before and you will not be judged in any way. I want to assure people that good help is available. However, be clear that we are talking about a professional service which is bound, by the ethics of professional associations, to ensure that it is indeed ethically appropriate.
If you are not satisfied with any aspect of counselling you have the right to complain and such a complaint should be taken very seriously by the Counsellor concerned. It will certainly be considered very thoroughly and processed if it is formalised and sent in writing to the relevant professional body.
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