When we see couples we consider that the relationship is our client, over and above each individual. Therefore we typically see partners together, but there can be circumstances where it can help to additionally see partners apart, including as part of the assessment process.
We commonly arrange three, or preferably four, assessment sessions for couples, as this process is more complex than seeing individuals. It involves getting to know and seeking to understand each person as well as the relationship. Four sessions of assessment allows for each partner to be seen at least briefly on their own as part of the assessment.
We recommend that couples read our blog on Enhancing Marital Relationships prior to the first appointment. This gives a good indication of therapy principles that we follow.
On some occasions we consider that a relationship is being significantly affected by either or both partners having an individual psychological issue or problem. In such situations we shall typically advise that one or both partners undergo individual therapy or assessment, sometimes prior to or at other times concurrent with couple therapy. We shall aim to be clear in our rationale for the likely need for and benefits of taking such a course.
If individual therapy is recommended for one or both of the couple they may be referred to another psychologist within our practice.
Rebecca Findlow specialises in working with clients with relationship challenges within the practice. Please contact us (03) 5224 1222 to make an appointment.