If you’ve come to the realisation you may need help with your relationship and you think it may be helpful for you to work through your problems and issues with a counsellor, you may be wondering what to expect from your relationship therapy sessions and what will be expected of you.
Often couples and individuals will have questions around how long they will need to see the relationship therapist for, how often they will be expected to attend and whether they need their partner to attend the sessions too.
Here’s some helpful information to give you an idea of what to expect and what’s expected of you when seeking out relationship counselling services with Adelaide Counselling Practice.
Do I Need My Partner to Attend?
While some relationship therapists will recommend having both partners in the counselling session, others will suggest having separate sessions as individuals, or a combination of both.
If your partner is not inclined or unwilling to attend a relationship therapy session, or you’d prefer to do it in private, that’s okay. You are more than welcome to access out relationship counselling services in a one-on-one session to help you to process the difficulties you are experiencing in your relationship.
There are many benefits you will reap from both attending as a couple and having sessions as an individual. As an individual you are able to speak openly with your counsellor and the session helps you to understand and process issues in your relationship without presence of your partner. This can be highly beneficial for many individuals.
Attending as a couple also has many benefits. You are in a safe, comfortable place to discuss your relationship issues with your therapist who is there to guide you, support you and help provide tools and strategies. This process can assist in resolving relationship issues and improving the quality and longevity of your relationship.
How Long Will It Take?
Each of us are different as individuals and so too is each couple. Also, the issues we face in our relationships can be vastly different and varying in complexity and severity.
For some couples, the amount of sessions required could take weeks, months or sometimes longer. Whereas others may be able to resolve their difficulties and conflicts relatively quickly.
This will be as individual as the people in the relationship and comes down to the complexities of your issues and how much time and effort you are willing to invest in relationship therapy and your relationship.
How Often Should I attend?
Your relationship therapist will review and discuss this with you after each session, make an assessment and recommend how often they believe you or you as a couple should attend your counselling sessions.
However, how often you attend is ultimately your decision and choice. At Adelaide Counselling Practice our aim is to keep the number of your sessions to a minimum. Please be aware though that sometimes you may need more sessions than you initially thought.
So the choice is entirely up to you and what works for you financially, as well as around your schedule and your immediate needs.
Relationship Counselling Services Adelaide
Adelaide Counselling Practice’s relationship therapists are available for daytime and after-hours appointments between 9am and 9pm week days and on weekends. Alternatively, we can come to your Home or Workplace (within a 20 km radius from the Adelaide CBD) and we also offer Skype and Telephone sessions for your convenience.
Contact us on (08) 8237 0509 or get in touch through the contact form on our website for a confidential discussion or to book an appointment.