There are many issues and problems which lead couples to seek help in their relationship – arguing, dealing with an affair, financial pressures, work stress, family pressure, sexual difficulties, depression, alcohol and drug addiction, to name a few. The difference between relationship and individual counselling is that the couple’s ability to work together on issues can be explored and supported, and new lasting ways of moving forward can be found.

We have all heard that a good relationship needs work to keep it healthy, and we all want our relationship’s to work. How to do it is another matter! Good communication is vital in any relationship, and this is where sitting together with a counsellor can really help. Couples who have been to counselling generally benefit from the clarity it gives to their thoughts and the opportunity it gives to explore emotions in a calm, safe, undisturbed environment.

The role of the counsellor is not to tell you what to do, or even pass on advice, but to help you and your partner to find the best solutions that work for you. As you spend more time really listening to your partner, and enjoying the opportunity to be heard by them, you will learn more about each other and yourself, and the way forward will become clearer.

Sometimes, of course, difficulties may prove insurmountable, and in this case, counselling can help couples to separate in a way that causes the least pain possible, both for them, and for any children involved.

It is not possible to predict how many or how few sessions any given couple will need, but we recommend 8 sessions as a suitable length to commit to, then to review with the counsellor as to whether more sessions would be useful.

To make an appointment call us on 0161 941 7754, email appointments@thecfc.org.uk or just drop by the Centre. Out of office hours there is a confidential answer service. Leave a message – we will always get back to you.

We currently offering appointments on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm and Saturday morning between 10am and 1pm ((No free appointments available on Saturday).