Working with Couples

Our hopes and expectations of being in a couple are often very high and disappointments are very common.

Difficulties and struggles can begin around intimacy, power, decision making, parenting or even use of spare time. Each partner brings their own experiences, feelings and assumptions from the past.

Working with a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is trained and experienced in working with couples can be highly productive. It can enable couples to understand the problems that have arisen, the underlying difficulties and assumptions that have caused them and help them find out what choices they have and how to make changes.

Most couples will greatly improve their relationship in psychotherapy. But some will decide to separate. If a couple with children decides to separate, a good relationship is still very important. The therapist can help separating couples end their partnership as well as possible and to mourn the losses involved.