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.
When embarking on a new relationship is often a good time 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.
Therapy is also useful where help is needed to end a relationship.
The work offered utilises an evidence based integrated model, the ‘Generalised 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 areas of relationship health:
- Joint problem solving – skills and effectiveness in negotiating about problems and implementing solutions
- Organisation – within cultural norms (your culture not the therapist’s) the ability to differentiate and maintain boundaries that are flexible and responsive to individual needs
- Emotional climate – looking at the 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 co-dependency recovery to help with the transition of the relationship where one person enters recovery treatment. We can also help improve functioning for those that develop relationships when in recovery.