It's a common assumption that the greatest cause of breakups in relationships is due to cheating, but research indicates this is not the case.
In fact, the biggest indicator of relationship failure is the inability of the couple to communicate with each other effectively.
Many couples get into relationships without learning how to talk to each other, how to have disagreements and how to collaborate and cooperate. Instead they see their roles more as parallel paths, both carrying on in their own lane. This often works very well, at least until an event occurs that impacts them both.
Often couples do not address the first signs of these relationship problems. Instead they may develop avoidance techniques, or fall into the roles of one person simply giving in to the other person's ideas. Over time this builds resentment and frustration, which can erupt into discord, or one person saying they no longer want to continue the relationship.
Relationship therapy at Mayfair Therapy Practice offers an effective way for couples to work with a trained, experienced counsellor in developing the ability to communicate effectively with each other, both now and in the future.
Not all of the difficult issues in a relationship are the result of the actions (or inactions) of both parties. In some cases, one of the people in a relationship may have their own areas where additional counselling or therapy may be beneficial.
In this situation the individuals may choose to work one-on-one with a counsellor or therapist, to address those specific issues. For some people this may be focussed on addressing trauma from childhood, understanding how family dysfunction may be impacting their current relationship or even dealing with immediate issues such as depression, anxiety or an addiction.
What to Expect
At the Mayfair Therapy Practice the situation of every couple is unique. Each couple meets with their counsellor or therapist and sets goals for their sessions in a confidential and private therapeutic setting. The therapist or counsellor then supports the couple in reaching those goals, using a variety of approaches carefully selected to match their needs.
Talking therapy is very important in this type of work, or the therapist may use role play, art therapy or other strategies to help couples explore what is working well in their relationship - and where they want to change.
In many cases, the therapist will also help the couple set boundaries and develop "ground rules" for their relationship. By examining why these issues are important, couples gain a better understanding of themselves, as well as a better understanding of how to rebuild their relationship and make it stronger.
Contact the Mayfair Therapy Practice to find out more about our couples and relationship therapy services, or to speak to one of our experienced counsellors and psychotherapists.
Get in touch by email, or call us on 07809 668193 to find out more.