You asked for it. You signed up to run couples counselling sessions, and now here is the couple, unhappy with each other and probably with life, but looking at you with a glint of hopefulness in their eyes. Do you know which models and interventions will be the most effective with them? Are you comfortable to keep track of not one process in the room, but two? Are you skilled in helping the partners hear the heart message behind seemingly offensive comments? There are some ways of being in relationship which engender the positive energy of a heliotropic effect; one course discusses this dynamic, with particular focus on forgiveness and hope. Another takes up the question of how to help new couples – those at the pre-marital stage – set themselves up for a lifetime of harmonious relationship. And the course on systemic sex therapy helps people to understand how individual and relational differences - plus those of culture, gender, class, and family-of-origin – see partners holding expectations about relationship which greatly affect it at systemic levels.
As with singles counselling, myriad approaches are on offer to help begin the healing process. If you are an experienced couples counsellor, this collection can help remind you about what you know, and extend your expertise to models with which you may not be as familiar. If you are not yet a couples counsellor and are thinking of working in this subspecialty, this collection can introduce you to ways of working with couples which can facilitate the healing of not only the relationship, but also each individual partner.
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