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.
The 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.
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Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is based on attachment theory, which says humans are hardwired for strong emotional connection in relationships. We all have a basic need to feel loved, valued, and respected. We long to believe that we’re worthwhile and lovable despite our flaws. We need to believe that we matter to our partners and that they’ll be there for us when we need them. Problems happen when couples lose that connection and find themselves in cycles of conflict or isolation that are hard to break. When working with couples the EFT therapist helps partners move out of their negative cycle of interaction and into a positive one that fosters love, safety, and emotional connection.
EFT applies to all forms of couples and dyads regardless of sexual orientation or religious beliefs. It is one of the most researched and empirically validated approaches in the field of couple therapy. Research studies find that after treatment with EFT couples therapy, 70% – 75% of couples move from distress to recovery and 90% of couples show significant improvement. For anyone interested in learning more about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy we recommend Dr. Sue Johnson’s books ‘Hold me Tight‘ and ‘Love Sense’.