Clarify Your Goals and Expectations
Before attending your first session, take some time to reflect on your goals and expectations for couples counselling: What issues or challenges would you like to address? What outcomes would you like to work towards? Discussing your goals with your partner and sharing them with your therapist can set a valuable foundation for your time in couples counselling.
Openness and Willingness to Participate
It is important to approach relationship counselling with an open mind and a willingness to actively participate – be receptive to feedback, consider alternative perspectives and be open to exploring new strategies and approaches. Remember, therapy is a collaborative process, and your active engagement will contribute to its effectiveness.
Reflect on Communication Patterns
Reflect on your communication patterns and dynamics in your relationship. Consider how you and your partner interact, including how you express your emotions, listen to each other, and handle conflicts. Identifying communication patterns that may contribute to challenges in your relationship will provide a useful starting point for your time in therapy.
Manage Expectations and Be Patient
It’s important to manage your expectations and understand that change takes time. Relationship counselling is not a quick fix – it is a process that requires commitment and patience. Be prepared for ups and downs along the way and remember that progress can be gradual, and isn’t always linear. Trust the process and stay committed to the work you and your partner are doing together.
Take Care of Yourself
Caring for your own wellbeing through this process is essential. Prioritise self-care, take part in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, and maintain a healthy balance in your life. Taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, and mentally can contribute to your overall relationship health and enhance your ability to engage fully in counselling.
By following these preparation tips, you can set a solid foundation for your relationship counselling journey. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled couples’ therapists.