Relationship and Marriage
Relationship counselling is the process of helping parties of a relationship to identify and manage troublesome patterns and behaviour. The relationship involved may be between family members, a couple, or even between employee and employer.
Marriage counselling, often called couple therapy, is often seen as different from individual therapy because a relationship is the main focus of attention. Despite this, these relationship problems often involve individual issues, as well as the relationship conflicts. For example, if you are constantly arguing with your spouse, you may be chronically anxious, angry or depressed (or all three).
In marriage counselling, the counsellor will help you and your partner identify the conflict issues within your relationship, and will help you decide what changes are needed in the relationship and also in the behaviour of each partner, for both of you to feel satisfied. These changes may be different ways of interacting within the relationship, or they may be individual changes related to personal, psychological or emotional problems.
Couples therapy also involves learning how to communicate more effectively, and how to listen more closely. Couples can learn how to avoid competing with each other, the need to identify common life goals and how to share responsibilities within their relationship.
The same principles apply to all types of relationships. Relationship counselling can therefore take the form of individual counselling, the form of mediation, or can simply be educational. In most cases, the process is a combination of all three.
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