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Relationship Counselling

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Navigating Trauma in Relationship Counselling

Couples therapy, also known as relationship counselling, is a specialized form of therapy designed for couples to improve their relationship and resolve conflicts. When trauma is a part of one or both partners' histories, it can significantly influence the dynamics of the partnership. 

The Therapeutic Process

Assessment and Goal Setting

In initial sessions, the therapist conducts a comprehensive assessment of the couple's history, individual experiences, and specific concerns.

Assignments and Practice

Exercises and activities for couples will be assigned between sessions. The assignments reinforce learning and promote active engagement in the therapeutic process.

Regular Check-Ins and Adjustments

Ongoing communication with the therapist ensures that progress is tracked, and any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan can be made.

Couples Therapy with the Gottman Method

Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the Gottman Method is based on extensive research and observational studies of couples. It emphasizes the importance of understanding the dynamics of successful relationships and provides practical tools for fostering healthy, lasting connections.

It is grounded in extensive research on what makes relationships successful and focuses on practical techniques to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen emotional connections. The core principles of Gottman therapy are:

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"69% of problems in a relationship are unsolvable" (Dr. John Gottman)

Couples therapy utilizing the Gottman Method, when approached with sensitivity to trauma, offers a robust framework for couples to heal, grow, and reestablish a deep and lasting connection. If you or your partner have experienced trauma and it's impacting your relationship, seeking professional support through this evidence-based approach can be a significant step towards mutual healing and the development of a resilient partnership. 

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