Shirley Marais Counselling Service BedfordTherapeutic Counsellor
Individuals, Couples, On-Line Counselling

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Relationship Counselling

Have you lost the ability to effectively communicate in your relationship?

Is your sex life suffering and you would like a safe space to talk about it?

Are there struggles within your relationship that you could use help understanding and navigating?


Relationships can be the most important thing in your life, but it can also be challenging at times. Relationships are complex and require constant work. All relationships can struggle and experience difficult times but how the conflicts are managed can make a big difference. If you feel that your relationship is suffering, and you have exhausted all options on your own then it may be time to look for external help and guidance from a qualified counsellor such as myself.

Relationship counselling can provide couples with the time and space needed to reflect on the relationship and the patterns of behaviour that may be occurring. Your relationship doesn’t need to be having issues for you to seek out counselling. It may be an opportunity to deal with potential issues before they begin to have a greater impact on your relationship.


What typically happens in a session?

  • Exploring and working to improve communication between partners.
  • Identifying differences in perspectives on important issues like money, family, work, roles, and sexual relations. Then exploring how
    the couple can work with these differences in an effective method.
  • Working to identify how external factors may be impacting the relationship. Including family values, lifestyle choices, religious
    beliefs, culture views and may more.
    It may be necessary to explore specific issues in more depth in a safe space such as:
  • Financial issues
  • Adultery
  • Family conflicts
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Jealousy

    Sometimes couples may determine that the best option is to no longer continue with the relationship. Counselling can be used to help assist in a couple separating amicably.

    Relationship counselling is typically face-to-face but other mediums of communication may be more appropriate such as online counselling or through phone calls. The counselling sessions can include all members of the relationship or just yourself. I am here to provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment to help identify any issues that you may be experiencing in your relationship and find a way to deal with those troubles.


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