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- Are you a newly married couple struggling with young kids?
- Does each conversation lead to conflict when you try to talk about important issues in your relationship?
- Trying to recover from an emotional or physical betrayal?
- Is someone in your relationship dealing with and addiction?
- Has your relationship lost the spark of sexual intimacy?
- Did things get worse after the last time you had marriage counselling?
- Are you wondering how to separate in a healthy way so as to best protect the kids?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, then perhaps Couples Counselling or Marriage Therapy can help.
Before you read on
Double check the name of this website, would you please? I am a psychotherapist who sees clients in nature. Ask yourself, do you want go to couples counselling in the woods by a campfire? Perhaps you do, but there’s a possibility that you’d prefer the warmth and comfort of an office. Now while I do see clients for marriage therapy in nature, I often see them from my office in Navan. Relieved and still interested, please keep reading!
Did I mention that I also see couples online? This can be convenient if one you often away for work or have very young children.
My Couples Counselling Approach
I’m trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. It’s an evidence-based, research-driven approach to marriage counselling. Dr. John Gottman has spent over 40 years studying relationships. He’s famous for using his research to predict divorce with almost 94% accuracy. Yes, relationship success can be measured and happiness in the relationship can be improved over time.
Assessment is one of the big key differences between Gottman Couples Therapy and other forms of marriage or relationship counselling.
It might be OK to start an individual session with “tell me a little bit about yourself”, but that doesn’t work for relationships. Couples usually arrive in my office feeling a sense of overwhelm, distress or grief. Assessment involves conducting a detailed analysis of the relationship. Every couple has strengths as well as weaknesses. By knowing exactly where the couple is struggling, it means I can begin to support your marriage in a more focused way. What does that mean for you? It means you’ll spend less time and money in my office and hopefully, feel happier, sooner.
After the assessment, I’ll invite you to work through a series of relevant interventions to support your relationship. As you gain confidence with these interventions, you can begin to do them at home. It’s then when you’ll really begin to feel the positive effects. Most of the tools that I’ll share with you are actually pretty simple. But when you get the right tools at the right time, the tide in your relationship, begins to turn from an ocean of conflict, into a sea of tranquillity.
I’ve trained with the world’s experts in Couples Counselling
Has my relationship failed if we need Marriage Counselling?
No. Of course not. All relationships experience difficulty at various times. Things are rarely plain sailing. You are two very different people who’ve decided to spend your lives together. Differences are part of the reason that leads to conflict in relationship. Conflict per se is not actually the issue, however. It’s how couples manage and navigate conflict that makes all the difference. Did you know that it takes most couples an average of six years of being unhappy before they reach out for the professional support of a marriage therapist? Yes, six years! Some couples wait even longer.
“How many years have you been feeling unhappy for?
How long more do you want to feel unhappy?”
Some of the challenges that Marriage Counselling can help with
Stress of young family
Infidelity & betrayal
Addiction & substance abuse
Lack of intimacy
Differing spending habits
Divorce & separation
Mental health issues
Differing value systems
Marriage Counselling can help you learn to:
- Overcome conflict and return to love and connection
- Develop a sense of friendship and appreciation in your relationship – the key factors for martial satisfaction
- Process and recover from old hurts or betrayals
- Deal effectively with outside stressors that may be affecting your marriage
- Develop a more emotionally and sexually fulfilling relationship
My spouse won’t come to Marriage Counselling with me. What can I do?
Couples Counselling in Navan
You’re in luck. As I mentioned at the top of the page, while I do see couples in nature, I also see them from my practice in Navan. You get to decide what option works best for you.
Marriage Counselling in Drogheda
Good news! Drogheda is just a 25-minute drive to my nature-based practice or to my office practice in Navan. Many couples decide to travel out-of-town for marriage counselling, so this could be an ideal option for you.