Intimate interpersonal relationships are the core of our ability to function effectively in the world. Psychotherapy focusing on interpersonal needs and skills will help in starting a new relationship, performing a health check on a current one or may repair damaged functioning.
Services are offered to those in relationships both who are struggling and also those who are not
Starting out on a relationship is often good time to see a therapist, to help develop good habits and develop a strong foundation. As is using relationship therapy to do a regular ‘check under the bonnet’. Prevention is better than cure.
Relationship therapy is also useful where help is need to end.
The work offered ustilises an evidence based integrated model, the ‘Gerneralised Relationship Functioning’ or GARF. This approach offers a way of easily understanding where your relationship is currently and how to improve it and measure the improvement.
It looks at three area of relationship health:
- Joint problem solving – skills and effectiveness in negotiating about problems and implementing solutions
- Organisation – within cultural norms (you culture not the therapist’s) the ability to differentiate and maintain rile boundaries that are flexible and responsive to individual needs
- Emotinal climate – looking at the tome and range of feelings (the background noise), reciprocity in regards to attachment, love, warmth, regard, intimacy, friendliness, sharing of values and sexual functioning
Within this specialised services are offered to those in addiction and codepdedency recovery to help with the transition of the relationship where a one person goes into recovery. Also to help improve functioning for those that develop relationships in recover