Couples Counselling Service

It does not matter if you’re married, living together, single, gay or straight, Hope Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you. We understand that our very closest relationship; a marriage; co-habitation or civil partnership, is based on intimacy and trust. And when it stops working as we would like it to, we are affected deeply and our health and happiness suffer.

Often in relationships, patterns of behaving that we learned as children often re-emerge in our adult relationships, by recognising patterns, triggers and renegotiating with a counsellor, this can help build a more realistic and deeper relationship for the future.

Lots of people have an idea of what relationship counselling is, and think that you only need counselling when things get really bad. But Hope Counselling and Psychotherapy is here whenever you need us. No matter what situation you face in your relationship, even if your problems seem trivial, we can help, by providing a caring and supportive environment, to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing in your relationship.

If possible, couple counselling works better if you attend together; unless there is domestic violence or fear where couples must attend separately. However counselling can also be undertaken with one partner if that feels more comfortable. Or have a combination of couple and individual sessions, depending on your individual relationship needs; this can be negotiated from the first session.

We can help you with a range of relationship issues, including the following:

• Affairs

• Arguments - It is unrealistic to expect that arguments can be avoided. Arguments are a healthy and essential part of any relationship and can energise it if carried out skillfully. Indirect anger and domestic violence are destructive.

• Bereavement

• Betrayal

• Birth

• Cause – Finding the root cause of your relationship difficulties.

• Children

• Communication problems - Communicating and staying connected during difficult times may feel impossible, new skills can be developed to facilitate new ways of relating.

• Conflict - Being able to manage conflicts is the foundation stone to a good relationship.

• Cross cultural relationships

• Difference - Differences need to be acknowledged; otherwise we merge or one partner is unheard.

• Divorce

• Family issues

• Financial problems

• Illness

• Infertility

• Jealousy

• Life changes

• Loss

• Mental health problems

• Pre-nuptial counselling

• Separation - Separation & divorce counselling can help explore whether trust can be repaired or if the relationship can be rebuilt. If not, it can allow couples to split with more understanding and less hostility.

• Sexual issues - Sex can be a source of great enjoyment within a relationship and any problems it poses can leave one partner feeling rejected or angry.

• Step family issues

• Stress

• Trust

• Values and beliefs - Two people come with their own values and beliefs and both must feel heard in order to thrive, this may mean developing new skills.

• Work issues or pressure

The list is an overview and not exclusive, therefore please feel free to contact us even if you do not feel your issue is listed, and we will aim to help in any way we can.


We offer a free initial consultation.

If you would like ongoing sessions they are pre-payable and charged at £50 per 50 minute session, please refer to the Payment page for more information.