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Seeking relationship advice remotely with online Couples Counselling

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Zara, Staff Writer

Monday, 25 January 2021

Relationships can become strained for a number of reasons. If your relationship is struggling, help is at hand in the form of a couples counsellor. 

Most counsellors and therapists now offer their services remotely, which is a trend that’s likely to stay as we move further into the digital age. Here is what to expect if you are considering couples counselling remotely to tell you more. 

What does Couples Counselling involve? 

When people hear the word ‘counselling’ they may feel intimidated or perhaps apprehensive. After all, not everyone finds it easy to open up which is arguably why many of us experience relationship difficulties in the first place. 

What couples counselling involves is you both speaking about how you each interpret the situation, while a neutral party listens and helps you to work through it. Normally, this would be done in person but due to current events, most people are turning to remote couples counselling instead. 

An added benefit of the service being carried out remotely is that it’s much more convenient to slot it into your day, as you don’t even have to travel to a location anymore. You can even schedule a session in your lunch break! 

All of the information you share will be kept confidential, and you can choose to schedule a session at a time that suits you both. 

Is it right for you?

Relationships come under strain for all sorts of reasons. Couples counselling isn’t just for one particular problem, rather it takes a broad approach to help you reach a resolution. 

Common topics couples seek help for include: infidelity, trust issues, blended families, intimacy issues, non-traditional relationships and even working through grief. There’s no issue that’s too big or small. If you’ve reached a roadblock within your relationship, then a couples counsellor is the best person to turn to especially as they won’t take sides. 

Contrary to popular belief, couples counselling isn’t just for married couples either. Some couples who are perfectly happy in their relationship even try some sessions before getting married (known as premarital counselling) so that they will enter into a stronger partnership.

How many sessions will you need?

It depends on what your issue is and how easy it is for you to work through it. The counsellor will first want to hold an introductory session to see where you are at and if they are best placed to help you or not. They will then give you a suggestion of how many sessions you require to resolve things.

Try not to put too much emphasis on how many sessions you need. While you’ll need to factor in the cost of couples counselling, you can’t put a price on reaching a positive outcome. This is especially the case if your relationship is causing unhappiness or tension in the home, which isn’t pleasant for anyone, not least if children are involved. 

If budget is an issue, then your counsellor may be able to offer a discounted rate. Most would rather ensure you get help than leave you struggling, making it a very worthwhile service. 

To sum up

If you are unable to work through issues in your relationship, then don’t delay in seeking help from a couples counsellor. It might seem like a daunting step to take, but the reality is they are highly experienced, caring professionals who only have your best interests at heart. 

It can be a huge weight off your shoulders to voice any issues and work through them together. Sessions will likely be held remotely, but this offers added convenience so don’t be shy in reaching out if you need it.

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