What is Marriage & Relationship Counselling?

Relationships can run into difficulties from time to time resulting in conflict, lack of communication and disappointment. Normal life stage events such as the birth of a new baby, redundancy, retirement, a change in work/life balance or children leaving home can also present couples with the challenge of renegotiating their expectations of themselves and each other. Counselling can teach you some valuable ways to improve and enhance communication skills and to work through difficult emotions to achieve clarity, understanding and connection.

Elmwood Centre offers relationship counselling in a safe and comfortable environment to co-habiting, married and same sex couples. We provide the space for couples to talk, listen and be heard. By working with a counsellor who possesses empathy and professional expertise, couples feel supported while working through the challenges in their intimate relationship. While being aware of the uniqueness of each individual, we also have the skills and experience to hear both sides of the story in complete confidence, without judgement and without taking sides.

The relationship you wish to explore may be past, present or in the future, and we invite you, alone or with your partner, to avail of the opportunity to explore, understand and transform your relationships.

If you would like to speak to one of our therapists in complete confidence click here to arrange an appointment.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:

EFFT is an attachment based intervention which conceptualizes family difficulties as attachment dilemmas. For example, children’s misbehaviour can be understood as bids for connection that become scrambled and misread by parents who are caught in their own reactive behaviours and emotions.  The EFFT therapist implements systemic and experiential interventions to de-escalate the family’s negative interactional patterns that reinforce attachment insecurity and activates inherent parental desire to caretake their children by processing parental blocks. By structuring enactments that help children receive comfort and support from their parent, the EFFT therapist works to restore family bonds that foster resilience for children.


  1. Conceptualize the family system and the problems families encounter from an attachment perspective.
  2. Identify key stages and steps in the EFFT process of change
  3. Identify common blocks that disrupt effective attachment and caregiving responses in the family
  4. Label and practice EFFT interventions that restructure the interaction between family members in the direction of emotional engagement,  accessibility, and responsiveness.