Jamie Clarke - Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Counselling in Ipswich, Suffolk for Adult Individuals and Couples; in-person and online

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What is Marriage & Couples Counselling?

Marriage Counselling & Couples Counselling, helps two people understand each others' point of view, to resolve conflicts and improve their relationship.

By obtaining tools and skills, you will both be able to communicate better, negotiate your differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

This type of counselling is often short term.  You may only require a few sessions to help you weather a crisis, or longer particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated.

Couples Counselling can also help you prepare for the long term.

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How does Couples Counselling work?

Marriage counselling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions.  The counsellor or therapist helps couples pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them.  You and your partner will analyse both the good and bad parts of your relationship.

Separate individual therapy sessions may be required between joint therapy sessions.

The Benefits of Couples Counselling Ipswich

Most marriages and other relationships aren't perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don't always match their partner's.  Those differences don't necessarily mean your relationship is bound for conflict.  To the contrary, differences can be complementary — you know the saying about opposites attracting.  These differences can also help people understand, respect and accept opposing views, cultures and belief.

But relationships can be tested.  Differences or habits that you once found endearing may grate on your nerves after time together.  Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship.  Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.

No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems.  You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own.  But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression.  A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.

Here are typical issues that marriage counselling can help you and a spouse or partner cope with:



Physical or mental conditions

Same-sex relationship issues

Cultural clashes



Blended families

Communication problems

Sexual difficulties

Conflicts about child rearing



Changing roles, such as retirement

Strengthening Bonds

You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy.  Marriage counselling can also help couples who simply want to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other.  Marriage counselling can also help couples who plan to get married.  Pre-marriage counselling or Marriage Guidance can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before a union is sealed.


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