I practice this separate to psychosexual therapy. Intimacy can be expressed in many ways; through physical intimacy, relational intimacy, intellectual intimacy, sexual intimacy and emotional intimacy.
Relationship Counselling helps explore relationship dynamics between two people;as partners or parent/sibling (for families please ask as I can signpost you to colleagues who are qualified to work with families). We can begin by exploring what has brought the relationship to counselling, in a systemic way. The theory which supports relationship counselling is systemic theory, where the role of the therapist is not to direct the relationship to a truth, but to help both present, to explore the many truths that exist within the relationship. This can be what it is like to hear things shared, voiced and discussed.
This means as a therapist I do not take sides, nor am I a referee. I provide support and boundaries to explore what has been or is currently troubling each person in the relationship. At a pace that whilst challenging and contained, is not threatening. This gives the possibility to explore defensiveness and vulnerabilities – the relationship learning how to co-create spaces of trust to expand and build upon. Thus enabled to tolerate and explore more of the unique dynamics of the relationship.