COUPLES AND RELATIONSHIPS ENHANCEMENT
This includes pre-marital, marital, couples and separation
counselling. The treatment is given to either partner alone
or the couple together. It covers both the somatic presentation
(eg. sexual dysfunction or menstrual difficulties) and the
psychological conflict underlying this presentation that
comes from past and present relating.
Such treatment is chosen either because marital conflict
appears to be the cause of emotional disorders in one of
the partners, or because the marriage appears likely to
break up and both partners wish to save or dissolve the
The aim is to examine the sharing of values, the personal
development and welfare of each partner, the tolerance of
differences and the balance of power and decision-making.
Emphasis, therefore, is to help each person understand his/her
Conjoint couple counselling with both male and female therapists
present is offered and encouraged. This is used to
minimise the possibility of a triangulated relationship
forming, with the inevitable split of a two plus one arrangement,
and unwitting favouritism in the therapeutic setting.
Another advantage includes both members of the couple feeling
comfortable expressing their own gender issues, perceptions
and expectations. Provision for multiple couples'
group therapy is available if appropriate.