About Counselling. stones for ind What Conditions Can it Help?

Difficulties in communication for individuals, for couples, or for two people in conflict; other life issues, particularly at this time with the stresses caused by Pandemic restrictions.
For example:
  • learning to listen so that the other person is heard, and speaking so the other person can hear
  • arguing and fighting with your partner (or family member) more than you can bear, exacerbated by current stresses
  • ending or beginning a relationship
  • dealing with the crisis of infidelity, and re-envisioning the relationship afterwards
  • negotiating monogamy and fidelity in a couple
  • compulsive behaviour getting in the way of harmony and self-care, for example internet pornography
  • sex not being the way you want it, or painful sex, or loss of libido and sex in a long term relationship
  • cultural differences and expectations around sex and communication
  • history of trauma, for example early separation from parents through bereavement or boarding school
  • sexual issues between same sex couples
  • traumatic experiences of giving birth, and/or infant loss

    About Psychosexual and Relationship Counselling:

    Couples often find it easier to talk about sex and their relationship with a non-judgemental third party in the room. Individuals may just want someone to talk to about complex personal issues that have got in the way of easy relating to others.

    Some sexual problems are physical and could result from disability, illness, difficult birth-giving, or a side effect of medication. You may have already sought medical expertise and tests to establish this aspect, and we will discuss this.

    Some problems are psychological, originating in extreme negative childhood messages or sexual trauma. Some difficulties can stem from current communication and interpersonal problems, for example a serious imbalance of power within a relationship. Evidence is that the majority of difficulties have a combination of physical and psychological elements, and both need attention.

    Unravelling psychological problems that aren't sorting themselves out and are making life less than wonderful is the job of therapy. These problems might be long-term, or something that has emerged recently, due to the stresses, anxiety and strain caused by the Pandemic. Once they are unravelled and explored, it is easier to let go of what you don't need, and bring in what you do need in order to make warm and safe connections with others.

    What Benefits can be Expected?
    Some examples:

  • developing language that does not include blame, judgement, criticism,
    interpretation, analysis, or labelling
  • improved relationships and communication with significant others
  • more open discussions about sex
  • a change in behaviour and attitude in order to get more enjoyment out of
    life
  • learning how to navigate the transition from partners to parents
  • learning what to ask for in a medical check if it is needed
  • learning where to go for further training, reading matter, and group work
    if wanted
  • knowing how to support children through a bad patch in a marriage
  • knowing how to support children's transition to adolescence
  • working towards collaborative separation if that is what is wanted
  • holding together after a traumatic experience of giving birth, post-natal problems, including infant loss

    and many more according your unique situation.