Marriage and Relationship Counselling

Experts in Marriage and Relationship Counselling in Melbourne

If you’re having issues with your partner and you feel that things are not as smooth as they used to be, we are here to assure you, you are not alone. With years of experience in marriage and relationship counselling in Melbourne, we can tell you there is always a solution to your marriage or relationship problems.

Your relationship doesn’t necessarily need to be “on the rocks” for you to reach out and get professional help and counselling.

At Dorfen health services, we are proud to have a team of trained and experienced marriage and relationship counsellors in Melbourne who are keen to arm couples with enough knowledge and tools to reach a healthy relationship and an acceptable outcome.

What is marriage and relationship counselling?

Marriage and relationship counselling can give a ray of hope to anyone having issues in their relationship. If you’re feeling unhappy, or unappreciated, it is often a good indicator that you need to speak up and seek professional help. A healthy relationship with your partner is important for the happiness and harmony of your life and your family’s life.

With life’s complexity, it is common to sometimes feel overwhelmed and need the help of a professional relationship counsellor to save your marriage or relationship. With our methods, we can help you understand why sometimes small problems can lead into a crisis point. We help individuals, couples and families understand the complexity of human relationships and emotions. Sometimes it may seem challenging, but we always make sure to help couples rediscover themselves and each other.

Common problems that lead people to seek marriage and relationship counselling

As we mentioned before, if you think you’re the only one having problems in your marriage or relationship, we assure you, you’re not. Seeking marriage and relationship counselling is the first step to solving your problems. With our years of experience in the industry, we can share common issues couples face which lead them to seek professional help:

  • Communication issues
  • The feeling of being disconnected, distant, bored, and unfulfilled in your relationship.
  • Growing apart or “falling out of love”
  • Trust issues
  • Financial pressure
  • Ongoing and continuous arguments
  • Affairs and infidelity
  • Dealing with external stress, such as work stress, family stress, etc…
  • Uncertainty about the future of the relationship
  • Mental health issues

How can professional marriage and relationship counselling help?

When seeking professional help for marriage and relationship counselling, you can guarantee that you’ll get the help of someone whose sole goal is to solve your problems without taking sides, blaming or judgment. We also make sure that everything discussed in each session is kept private.

We can also help you with the below:

  • Understand each other and resolve conflict.
  • Work on your communication skills
  • We create a safe space for couples to have an honest and open discussion.
  • Recognising each other’s needs and problems and finding ways to meet them.
  • Building trust and connections
  • Get a deeper understanding of yourself and your partner.

What happens during the relationship counselling session?

If both partners were attending the session, they are given the option to schedule it online through zoom or face to face. Whatever platform you choose, you can expect the following during the session:

  • Our counsellors don’t take sides – in a relationship counselling session, we make sure to challenge both partners and help them to work harder in understanding each other’s needs. We challenge you both to be kinder to one another and we make sure that no one partner is to be blamed.
  • No judgment – you are in the session to make progress and have meaningful discussions. Our marriage and relationship counsellors will make sure that you feel safe to share your story. We will not tell you did “good” or “bad”, but we will help you see how a problematic behaviour is affecting the relationship.
  • Homework – for marriage or relationship counselling, we encourage you to schedule one or two hours a week. Whatever skills you improve during this time should be put into practice outside the consultation. Dorfen’s marriage and relationship counsellors will often leave you with some homework to help you master your newly learned skills.

Can I go to marriage and relationship counselling on my own?

Sometimes, one partner is not yet ready to face the reality of having a problem and the need for professional help. But that shouldn’t stop you from seeking relationship counselling. With our years of experience, at Dorfen health services, we know that this is a common problem and we’re well prepared to work with you. Our relationship counselling methods will slightly change, and we’ll help you with:

  • Communicating your frustrations and needs more effectively.
  • Understanding your partner’s point of view.
  • Avoiding the need to criticise or behave harshly towards your partner.

In many cases, the outcome can help save the relationship but that doesn’t mean that the partner who sought help was the problem. It always takes two to create a problem but understanding one another with better communication can result in a successful outcome for both partners.

How to book a relationship counselling session in Melbourne?

This is the easy bit! All you have to do is click here to book your first appointment or call us on 1300 45 91 51. We are based in Melbourne and we’re happy to meet you face to face.

If you prefer an online appointment, we can also run the session on Zoom.

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