All counsellors start out their careers as Individual Counsellors. Although Relationship Counselling is very different to individual counselling, a relationship counsellor needs to be skilled, knowledgeable and experienced as an individual counsellor, as often one or both are experiencing challenges in their life such as stress, anger, depression, sadness, grief, self esteem issues, insomnia, addictions, etc.
Also many come to NorthSide Counselling simply to gain an understanding, or get a different perspective on their relationship, sometimes just to make sense of the issues that are causing them problems, or to see what they can do differently.
Did you know that women who stay silent and bottleup their feelings during marital disputes have a much greater risk of illness than wives who find the confidence to express themselves?
Many of the issues that women have to deal with are quite unique to women, while others, although common to men, often require a different approach to gain successful resolution. Some that we have dealt with include:
Men, unlike woman, tend not to chat through issues with ‘mates’ in the same way woman chat to their girlfriends.
Men tend to be problem solvers, and spend little time disclosing their own feelings.
As a result, men bottle up many issues that eventuality effect their health and happiness. Even when they have sympathetic and caring partners, there often seem to be blocks that prevent them from talking about the real issues.
There are many issues that men try to struggle with on their own. Unless these issues are acknowledged and discussed, the likelihood of anxiety and/or depression occuring can be quite high.