Every Relationship has its Challenges
The nature of intimate relationships can change over time. Sometimes couples can feel more like housemates than partners or have difficulty finding compromises on how to parent, or share the responsibilities of day-to-day life.
What Happens in Counselling?
If you have never had Couples or Individual Counselling before, you may feel a little nervous or anxious about what happens, that feeling is very common.
When you call Relationship Matters to make an enquiry or booking for Couples or Individual Counselling you will speak to one of our Client Service Officers. They will explain our fees and help you to make a booking at your nearest branch.
When you arrive for your first appointment, you’ll be asked to fill out some personal details. This helps us to understand your situation (and is required by our funding body).
At your first session, which usually runs for an hour, the counsellor will:
Talk to you about the importance of confidentiality (limitations, privacy)
Establish a trusting working relationship with you (and your partner)
Ask a range a questions to get a feeling for what might be troubling you
Ask a range questions to make an assessment of what may be the underlying issues
Most importantly talk to you about what you (and your partners) goals are in coming to counselling.
In the early stages of your counselling sessions, the Counsellor will establish a plan with you about any future sessions and how frequent they should be.
At the end of each session, the Counsellor will guide you to reception where you can pay your fee and organise future sessions.
Counselling does not give advice but rather helps you to find new ways to think about things, to find new frameworks by which to consider the challenges you face. It is a chance for you to talk through issues or experiences and for the counsellor to listen in helpful and non-judgmental way.