Relationships and Couples Therapy
No relationship is perfect. However, it is important to address problems and unhelpful patterns that arise. Ignoring problems and failing to create understanding between you and your partner can not only reduce good will and permanently damage your relationship; it can affect your self-esteem, mood and performance.
Working with both people in a couple is generally best. However, effective work can be done to change unhelpful relationship patterns even if your partner does not wish to attend therapy, or you are not currently in a relationship but have had difficulties in the past.
Psychological therapy will help you make relationship decisions and resolve ongoing conflicts by uncovering unhelpful beliefs, expectations, patterns of communication and behaviour within the relationship.
Therapy can teach new ways to interpret your partner's actions; communicate your needs and feelings; and behave in your relationship. You can change problematic conflict patterns and learn how to deal constructively with future difficulties.
Psychological therapy can also help you decide whether to leave, stay or commit to a particular relationship. If you have recently experienced a break-up, psychological therapy will help you recover from your distress, and process your relationship and break-up experience in a way that will enhance your self-esteem and positively impact future relationships.
Difficulties are not limited to romantic relationships. Psychological therapy can also help you if you are finding that you are unhappily single; disappointed by friends; having difficulty or conflict with members of your family; or you feel bullied or uncomfortable in a working relationship.
At Equilibrium we offer couples therapy in the format of a two-hour assessment, followed by one hour subsequent sessions. However for efficiency and convenience, we also offer a weekend day ‘Masterclass’ where you can attend six hours of intensive couples therapy with your psychologist.
Please note that you can't claim a medicare rebate for couples therapy.