Couples Counselling

Couples can benefit from counselling at all stages of their relationship. At the early stages of the relationship it can be really beneficial to address each person’s core needs and identify any areas of difference. This can ensure that you are entering a relationship openly aware of areas of potential difficulties. As the relationship progresses counselling can help you find ways to identify and constructively work on conflicts.

I offer counselling to all couples irrespective of sexual orientation and marital status.

Issues that commonly bring people to counselling are:

  • Sexual differences and challenges
  • Preparation for marriage
  • Infidelity
  • Family expectations
  • Challenges of being new parents
  • Feeling disconnected/isolated
  • Frequent arguements
  • Children leaving home
  • Differing needs
  • Use of pornography
  • Significant life events

This is not an exhaustive list.

My Approach

I have trained in a Gestalt model of relationship therapy. This identifies that most often the difficulty between couples arises out of how they negotiate differences, not what their differences are. The approach embraces the need for each person in the relationship to be individual as well as being part of a couple. The approach encourages each person in the relationship to talk responsibility for their part of the relationship and to look at differences and struggles as belonging to both parties, not as one party being to blame.

The aim of couples counselling  is to develop awareness of how difficulties are arising and how they are impacting the relationship. Awareness of the core of the issues allows exploration of alternative, more effective approaches.

Next Steps

If you would like to make an appointment me you can contact me on 086 3893745 or on email me at mail@karenmurphy.ie.

Karen Murphy
McHugh House Counselling Rooms
82 Grand Parade
Cork City
Phone: 086 389 3745
Email: mail@karenmurphy.ie