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Couple Hugging
Relationship Therapy | Sexologist | Brighton | UK

Relationship Therapy

Relationship therapy, also known as couples therapy, is designed to assist individuals in romantic relationships to navigate their challenges. This form of therapy provides a supportive environment where we can explore your concerns and work towards enduring solutions. Together, we will identify the issues at hand, set objectives, and collectively determine the best methods to achieve your shared vision for the relationship.


Sessions typically include talking therapy, development of communication skills, psychoeducation, and at-home interventions and exercises to practice between sessions.


As a relationship therapist, I can assist with various issues, including:


  • Communication difficulties

  • The impact of fertility issues

  • Navigating separation

  • Addressing infidelity

  • Resolving mis-matched sexual needs

  • Differences in relationship orientations (e.g., monogamous vs. polyamorous, kink dynamics)

  • Building intimacy

  • The impact of parenting challenges

  • Boosting relationship confidence

  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving

  • Navigating the process of opening up a relationship

  • Strengthening emotional connections

  • Gaining insight into relationship patterns

  • Managing the impacts of transitioning (e.g., gender transitions, new phases of life)


Plus, I address all the challenges listed on the sex therapy page, specifically focusing on their impact on relationships.


My approach is comprehensive, considering the biological, social, and cultural dimensions of your lives and how these factors influence your sexuality and relationships:


Biological factors: Elements such as hormones and genetics play significant roles in relationship behaviours. For instance, the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the "love hormone," during physical touch, can foster bonding and trust between partners. Certain genetic traits may also correlate with personality features that affect relationship dynamics.


Social factors: The dynamics within a family and broader social norms can shape relationship approaches. Individuals raised in environments that encourage open communication and emotional expression might seek similar qualities in partners. Social expectations about gender roles and relationship behaviours also play a critical role.


Cultural factors: Cultural backgrounds, including religious beliefs and values, deeply influence relationship behaviours. For example, someone from a culture that emphasises family and community might prioritise these over romantic relationships. Cultural norms around dating and marriage can vary significantly, affecting expectations and behaviours in romantic relationships.


By understanding these factors and their influence on your relationship, we can work together to forge stronger, more satisfying connections with your partner(s).

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