Couple Therapy

If your relationship feels more like a source of stress than support, when ‘talking just makes it worse,’ it may be a good time to talk to us.

 

Couples therapy is available to any two people who are in partnership, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

The overall aim is to help the couple examine and better understand the natures of their relationship and the interactions within it, so that change may be negotiated by both parties.

What is Couple Therapy?

Couple relationships impact our wellbeing, our children’s mental health and development and how we engage with others in our community.  If your relationship feels more like a source of stress than support, when ‘talking just makes it worse,’ it may be a good time to talk to us.

Couple therapy is an investment – of time and money. It takes commitment of energy and emotion.  Making the decision together, to seek help from a trained professional, is often an important first step towards reconnecting with your partner and being able to set some agreed goals again for the future.

Who can benefit from Couple Therapy?

People benefit from couple therapy for many different reasons. It may be that the relationship has broken down or that there is anxiety that it might.  Your relationship may be suffering due to personal loss, a change of circumstances, an additional relationship, a mental or physical health problem.

When one or both partners are living with symptoms of anxiety or depression, or the impact of life limiting illness, these experiences often put additional strain on the couple relationship. Research shows that couple therapy uses the couple relationship as a resource from which both partners can draw support, and  that many couples find they grow closer during this process.

Couples or individuals who are seeking help to separate constructively, and manage the complex feelings involved in ending a relationship may also benefit from this therapy. In the case of separating parents, they may want therapy to help them work through the ending of their couple relationship while finding ways to co-operate together in the best interests of their children.

 

What We Offer

We have a number of experienced couple therapists who are able to offer:

  • Regular time and confidential setting of sessions
  • Evening and Saturday morning appointments
  • An agreed agenda for the sessions
  • Links between the way you have been brought up and the expectations you bring to a relationship
  • Impartial observations & challenges with support
  • Exploration and understanding of current difficulties
  • Understanding your own and your partner’s feelings
  • Learning communication and problem solving skills if needed
  • Rediscovering the strengths in your couple relationship and developing new ones.

The first step would be to meet with a couples therapist for an in-depth assessment of 90 minutes, to think about what the problems are and how therapy might help.

Please note: We do not currently offer court directed mediation, however we do work with couples who have already made a decision to separate and want to be supported through this process. We do not work with couples where there is current violence or abuse in the relationship. There are organisations that could help if you are in this situation. One such organisation is IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service). IDAS is a specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Stormy Waters – The Retreat, Couple Therapy Service

Relationships can go through rough patches. This isn’t uncommon. You’re not on your own. Help is here for you. We can help you see hope, and guide you towards the calm. Call us to enquire about The Retreat’s Couple Therapy Service on 0161 445 2099 or email us at admin@theretreatmanchester.org.uk

 If you require any of our information in your spoken language please telephone 0161 445 2099 or email admin@theretreatmanchester.org.uk and this can be arranged

How To Access The Service

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 0161 445 2099.

 

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Couple therapy is an investment – of time and money. It takes commitment of energy and emotion.  Making the decision together, to seek help from a trained professional, is often an important first step towards reconnecting with your partner and being able to set some agreed goals again for the future.

Get in Touch. Talk to us.

If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.

Hampden House, 2 Palatine Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3JA

Call Us: 0161 445 2099

admin@TheRetreatManchester.org.uk