Sydney and NSW
Couples therapy isn’t just for those who are married but is also suitable for couples at any stage of their relationship. These stages might include before marriage, the birth of the first child, a mid-life crisis, the empty nest syndrome, post retirement anxiety or common issues such as intimacy and communication.
All relationships go through rough patches from time to time. But sometimes we lose sight of our love for one another because poor communication can create ever-deepening resentments and anger. In turn, the trust may be lost and the closeness that is used to define a relationship can disappear. When that happens, it’s time to reach out to a counsellor who can help.
Improving communication between you and your partner.
Communications can often break down at various stages of a relationship. There are often five key areas where this may occur, yet you may have another that you can bring to counselling. These five key areas are over finances, intimacy, work roles either in the home or outside the home, extended families or parenting, or when a couple have experienced a breach of trust due to infidelity or abusive behaviour.
Before a couple are ready to marry celebrants and religious leaders encourage a conversation about what marriage means to the participants. When a couple have experienced infidelity or abusive behaviour in the relationship it may also be a time for therapy. At other times it may be when separation is imminent, or mediation is needed. In all cases this is the area in which Ian is especially involved and spends the majority of his counselling hours each week.
Through couples’ therapy, you will learn to see how each of you plays a role in the problems within your relationship. As each of you takes responsibility for your role in creating the dynamics at hand, you will each begin to heal the trust within the relationship and restore a deep sense of intimacy and love.
With his guidance, you will learn to communicate openly in a safe environment and begin to uncover the root of the problems you are experiencing. He will help you identify where your relationship is stuck and how to change the dynamics. You will explore how past experiences contribute to differing expectations about behaviour, communications and conflict resolution in a relationship.
“Ian was recommended to me when our marriage fell apart. He has helped me maintain my perspective and avoid many of the pitfalls. My ex-wife and I are now in an amazing place regarding our relationship. I can recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.”
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