Poor communication, everyday stress and lack of empathy between a couple can lead to depression for one or both of the people involved in a relationship. Relationship counselling (also known as ‘couple therapy’) aims to work with these couples in order to examine the way they interact with each other which causes problems and help to resolve the resulting depression.
Relationship therapy can work successfully if:
- both partners are willing to attend the therapy sessions and work together
- they are in a committed, long-term relationship
- one or both of the partners are suffering from a depressed mood
- depression has been caused by problems in their relationship
What does relationship counselling entail?
A therapist will take an unbiased approach in order to help the couple to:
- take control of their feelings and behaviour
- analyse the effect that each partner has in the relationship
- reduce stress and strengthen your communication
- re-assess their perceptions and judgements
- advocate compromise and acceptance in order to solve problems
Sessions are usually taken weekly. The couple will be seen individually for an assessment and then seen together thereafter. Initially they may be asked to complete questionnaires on how they feel about their relationship.