When are individual sessions with a psychologist preferable for relationship issues?
When your partner is not willing to attend couple counselling sessions for relationship issues, or is not able to commit time to it, you can always undertake individual counselling sessions. Working on your relationship patterns can have a positive impact on your whole relationship with your partner as well. Even when your partner is willing to be part of couple counselling sessions, you can additionally take individual counselling sessions for yourself if you want to work deeper on your personal issues that may be impacting your relationship as well.
When to consult a psychologist for relationship problems?
You don’t have to have a big, irresolvable conflict with your partner in order to consult a psychologist. Whether it is to resolve a conflict, make peace with differences, or to understand your partner better thereby enhancing the satisfaction of your relationship – you can consult a psychologist. Whether it is communication issues, preoccupation of a partner, trust issues, feelings of jealousy or abandonment, infidelity, boundary issues, or a desire to enhance one’s relationship quality, a psychologist can help.
How many sessions with a psychologist are required for resolving relationship problems?
The number of sessions required differs for each couple and depends on their goals, their willingness to work on themselves and their relationship, and the severity of the challenges that need to be resolved or worked on.
What approaches are used by psychologists for relationship problems?
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is one approach used for couples counselling in which the couples are encouraged to focus on their emotions, express them healthily, and develop positive interactional patterns. Relationship Enrichment Therapy is another approach meant for couples with an already healthy and stable relationship who aim to strengthen their relationship even further. It focuses on communicating better and learning coping strategies.