Does Couples Counselling Work Online?
One misconception that often gets made is that couples counselling equals a failed marriage or partnership. This couldn’t be more wrong. If you are looking to have counselling sessions with your other half, this proves that you’re willing to work through your differences and struggles to see an outcome together.
Although counselling is usually carried out in-person, online counselling services have recently become more and more popular for those individuals who cannot find the time to travel to an office or prefer the comforts of their own home while addressing their relationship issues.
In this article, I am going to be addressing common reasons that couples may prefer couples counselling online and how the advice and guidance from a professional counsellor online can benefit your relationship, as well as both of you as individuals.
Couples Counselling Online During COVID-19
Due to the current circumstances, attending counselling sessions in-person is a lot less accessible, as well as a lot less appealing due to the risks. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot gain the same advice and guidance from an online therapist. Online therapy, if taken seriously by you and your partner, can be just as effective.
By being in the comfort of your own home, I have found that attendees have felt more relaxed and willing to address their thoughts and feelings because they feel that they are in a safe space. Not only that, but it can sometimes be less daunting if you begin speaking to a professional over video as opposed to in person. If you’re looking for online therapy sessions, find my contact details at the bottom of this article.
When deciding on what version of counselling is best suited to your circumstances and position, I recommend that you assess your living situation and commitments. Would you need to seek out childcare if you were to travel to a counselling session? Are you currently not living together, making it awkward to visit each other’s homes for counselling? Or is your chosen counsellor too far to travel to regularly?
All of these questions will help you to determine whether or not online counselling or in-person counselling is the ideal route for you both. Online counselling is convenient; all you need to do is be in the same room and turn on your laptop or computer and voila! You can begin your session. Nobody has to travel anywhere, worry about finding someone to look after the kids or find it an inconvenience if travelling takes up a large portion of an individual’s day.
Not only can online couples counselling online be convenient, but it can help you to feel a sense of comfort when digging deep into your thoughts and emotions. During therapy, it is important that you are comfortable with your surroundings; this way, you are more likely to open up and address the issues at hand as opposed to being in an unknown environment that makes you feel uneasy.
And what’s more comfortable for you than your own home? Your place of sanctuary and happiness. Your environment is familiar, safe and somewhere that you can trust, which will all encourage you to open up.
When speaking with your online counsellor, some may find it a lot less daunting than in-person. Although while in-person, you have each other’s undivided attention, and this can help you to feel confident and trusting when confiding in a counsellor, you and your partner may feel almost under a certain level of pressure.
Because of this, online counselling may relieve you of that pressure; giving you the reassurance that you don’t have to speak about anything that you don’t want to. By having a conversation online, you may feel more in control of the situation, as opposed to being sat in front of someone knowing that you have to speak.
How Can Online Couples Counselling Help
Whether you’re seeking relationship therapy for a partnership that you’ve had for a year, or marriage therapy for a bond that has been intact for over 25 years, couples counselling can benefit your relationship in more ways than one. Firstly, you will see your partner in a raw state; this can help you to re-establish why you fell in love with them in the first place.
Yes, you’ve had your troubles but maybe it’s because they are battling with something else by themselves. If you were to witness them break down their barriers and be completely honest with you through the encouragement of a counsellor, you might form a new sense of respect and gratitude for them.
A counsellor isn’t there to tell you if you should rekindle your marriage, a counsellor is there to help you find a middle ground where both parties can accept each other’s differences or mistakes. I have witnessed many cases where two members of a relationship just needed a third party to address the issue at hand.
A third party, especially a professional who has vast experience in dealing with various issues that could arise in a relationship, is there to encourage and support. They will not take the reins but rather guide you into doing so. By gaining an outside perspective, you may look at your problems in a different light or realise that they run deeper than you initially thought.
If you’ve decided that you want to separate or get a divorce, an online therapist can help you to make peace with the situation. On the other hand, they also give you the best chances of rebuilding your partnership and commitment to one another. A therapist will always devise a treatment plan dedicated to your situation.
My Online Counselling Services
Are you interested in couples counselling online? As a therapist with many years of experience under my belt, I am fully aware of how to deal with any scenario that you and your loved one is struggling with. By consulting in a therapist, you are making a big decision but a decision that will benefit you both in the long run.
Please contact me today on 07914 952723 or through my website for my advice or more information on my online counselling services.