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When your marriage or relationship is struggling, other areas of your life can be negatively impacted. Relationship issues can take the form of a repeating pattern of interaction, which is distressing to both partners, preventing emotional closeness and security in the relationship.
The most commonly seen pattern is ‘pursue – withdraw’, where one partner wants more closeness or connection than the other. Even not distressed couples, to some degree, can get caught in a pursue-withdraw pattern. The pursue-withdraw pattern is a common cause of divorce. If left unresolved, it will continue into a second marriage and subsequent intimate relationships. However, other patterns are also possible.
When these issues become deep-rooted and seem impossible to resolve, it is recommended that you seek professional help from a trained and experienced Couples Therapist. Relationship Counselling using evidence-based methods such as EFT and the Gottman Method are proven to be effective.
Couples counselling is not just a financial decision but rather an investment in the longevity and happiness of your relationship.
Successful relationships require nurturing and commitment. What sets successful couples apart lies in their ability to communicate effectively and navigate challenges together. Couples counselling can help couples explore and understand each other’s needs, resolve conflict and deepen their emotional bond.
Noticing early warning signs of relationship breakdown can help a couple resolve conflicts or seek relationship counselling. Some of the warning signs that may indicate your relationship is in distress include:
Couples counselling is not just for married couples; it can benefit couples experiencing relationship difficulties or wanting to improve their communication and overall satisfaction.
Relationship counselling can be helpful for couples who are:
Finding the right couples therapist is challenging, yet an essential part of the process. When choosing a couples therapist, it would be worth considering the following:
Does private health insurance cover couples therapy?
Yes. Most Australian private health insurance companies cover couples therapy. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine eligibility and specific coverage before you start couples therapy. More about private health insurance >
Can I claim Medicare rebates for couples therapy?
No. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan, you are entitled to Medicare rebates only for individual treatment of specific conditions listed by Medicare. Couples therapy is not claimable through Medicare. More about Medicare rebates >
How long does couples therapy last?
The length of couples therapy varies depending on the couple’s concerns they wish to address and their needs. Some couples may only need a few sessions, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy. More about couples counselling methods >
What if my partner is reluctant to try couples therapy?
A good first step is to have an open conversation with your partner to explain why you believe couples therapy would be beneficial. Suggesting an initial exploratory session with a couples therapist to learn about couples counselling, what to expect and how it can help you both may also help.