The first step forward

Romantic relationships are often the cornerstones of our lives – something that impacts everything else – our work, our families and our sense of wellbeing. That’s why unhappy relationships can cause so much pain and sadness, making us feel bereft, alone, betrayed or angry. There isn’t any ‘right’ way to make a relationship work, but working as partners is important to having a happy relationship. Unfortunately some hard times can cause us to stop communicating with our partners, resulting in huge problems. When we no longer feel connected to our life partners, it can be difficult to see a way forward with life.

Relationship counselling in Gold Coast

Do you always fight with your loved one? Does coming home make you feel anxious or bitter? Has your relationship ceased to be intimate? These issues are common in relationships, but that doesn’t mean they are healthy. Sometimes these feelings are actually pointing to bigger problems. Relationships can be difficult, especially if you come from different backgrounds, cultures or religions. Gold Coast Life Supports accredited marriage and relationship counsellors and psychologists can work with you individually and together to help you create a more loving relationship with yourself and your partner. All types of partnerships and relationships are welcome with our Gold Coast relationship counsellors.

Relationship counselling services all across the Gold Coast

The disintegration of a marriage can have far reaching effects, hurting those in the relationship, children, family members and even friends. Working with an experienced Gold Coast relationship counsellor will help you to discover the real issues you face as a couple and open up avenues of communication. All relationships go through more difficult times, but some events can be particularly traumatic or difficult. These could be:

  • Extra-marital affairs
  • Sexual problems
  • Controlling or abusive behaviour
  • Power Balance
  • Family Problems

Gold Coast Life Support relationship counsellors are experienced in helping couples find positive steps forward. We listen to your issues, concerns and worries and help provide dynamic and positive strategies that can really improve your relationship.

Moving Forward

Through Gold Coast marriage and relationship counselling you will discover more about yourself, your partner and your relationship. This can be hugely beneficial as it can allow you to openly and honestly discuss concerns or issues you struggle with. Having these issues openly discussed is the first step to taking positive action to improve your life. Compromises and fair solutions can be reached, through knowing and understanding your partner’s feelings. Sometimes these discussions are the first time you really understand the core of a problem and its effect on your partner.

Life Supports network of specialised relationship counsellors based in Gold Coast

There is no need to remain in a negative relationship: you can take action today. The first step to take is to regain open and honest communication. Call us on [phone] today to get experienced and qualified assistance in taking these steps. Our network of Gold Coast Life Supports accredited counsellors is a way to get in contact with an experienced and trained counsellor who wants the best for you. Your counsellor can offer professional, balanced and healthy support during this crisis. If you’d prefer, browse our list of Gold Coast Life Supports network of Counsellors and Psychologists and let our receptionist know which counsellor you feel will make you the most comfortable. Life Supports counsellors offer confidential relationship counselling services from offices in all major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and many other various local towns and cities through-out Australia.

Relationship Counselling FAQs

It is common for one or two family members to initiate the counselling process, with other family members joining in if and when they are ready. We also provide individual family counselling if you need a non-judgmental, confidential space to explore and address your own family issues. Family counselling is suitable for both small and larger family groups– there are no prerequisites that the entire family needs to be present.

In fact, family counselling can be incredibly effective even if certain family members choose not to participate. Your Life Supports relationship counsellor or psychologist will collaborate with your family to build on relational strengths and encourage change and interpersonal growth opportunities.

Life Supports relationship counselling helps families to:

  • Clearly identify issues affecting each family member
  • Foster inclusiveness and consideration of every family member’s needs
  • Develop clear family goals (e.g. reducing the frequency of conflict)
  • Practice safe, effective ways to address family challenges and grievances
  • Cease engaging in blaming behaviour, by taking responsibility for the family’s welfare as a group
  • Use effective, respectful communication when discussing distressing or challenging issues
  • Break the cycle of family conflict by encouraging new ways of relating
  • Recognise setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning
  • Focus on and celebrate the family’s unique strengths
  • Review progress and maintain improvements

Often couples that are new to the counselling experience are worried that relationship therapy may be biased towards one partner, emotionally confrontational, or that it simply won’t work. To ensure this is not the case, each session is:

  • Tailored to be inclusive of both partners
  • A discreet, nonjudgmental space to unpack your relationship concerns
  • Focused upon giving you an insightful understanding of your individual situation
  • Designed to give you practical tools to address problems and create long-lasting, positive changes
  • Couples and relationship counselling often involves a blend of joint and solo counselling sessions, depending on your personal therapeutic needs. This flexibility allows your counsellor to accurately assess your communication styles, patterns of behaviour and relationship needs as individuals, and as a couple. Our team of relationship counsellors are compassionate, competent and capable of helping you to achieve your relationship goals.

We frequently see clients for individual relationship counselling. Sometimes one partner is reluctant to seek help, or simply unable to attend counselling due to work commitments or geographical distance.

The great news is that individual counselling is just as effective as joint couple counselling when it comes to improving relationship quality. Recent research by clinical psychologist Dr Howard Markman studied 300 married and unmarried couples who attended relationship skills counselling together or individually: results from the study indicated that those who attended counselling individually showed a marked improvement in the quality of their relationships, on par with those who attended counselling with their partner. 

You may be struggling with conflicting thoughts and feelings about your relationship; you might be having difficulty balancing your own needs with the demands of your partner or family. In some cases, you may be experiencing the feelings of depression, anger, anxiety or grief associated with separation or divorce.

Whatever you bring to counselling, your Life Supports relationship specialist will work alongside you to help make sense of your experience, and support you moving forward in a constructive and positive way. For some clients, simply talking through issues can be a helpful process, while others may be looking for specific guidance or strategies to enhance their relationships. Together we will identify the most constructive and useful way that we can support you to make sense of your relationship and bring about positive change in your life.

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