Couples psychology at the Relationship Room is provided by registered psychologists with extensive experience and training in working with both couples and individuals.
At the Relationship Room, our couples counsellors support couples in working through the range of issues arising in relationships including infidelity, trust issues, difficulty with communication and conflict, life transitions, parenting and infertility and also in making big choices about relationships and working through separations where necessary.
Our approach to working with couples is practical and dyadic, meaning that the work happens between the couple. Research shows that there are many facets to strong relationships and our relationship counsellors work through a process of assessing the relationship with the couple and targeting practical interventions at problem areas. This approach acknowledges that each relationship is different and ensures that counselling targets the most crucial areas first, often around conflict, but it also ensures that the areas of the relationship associated with growth and connectedness are also addressed. We recognize that while helping couples to do conflict well is crucial, having good conflict management skills is not enough to make a strong relationship and we are also able to support couples in coming to understand and connect with one another in meaningful ways and create strong, resilient family units. We are also focused on assisting couples to identify their areas of ‘gridlock’ (issues that keep coming up again and again through life) and rather than keep having the same arguments on repeat, we provide tools to create meaningful dialogue around these areas as a means of helping couples to better understand each other.
Our aim is to educate and empower couples, providing them with tools and skills, practiced in counselling, that they are then able to take home and utilize on an ongoing basis, creating a new way of relating to one another that brings meaning and connectedness to their relationship.