COMMUNICATION IS VITAL
Teaching couples how to communicate in conflict and chaos is not always easy but absolutely essential. If you are able to better communicate about how you are feeling and how you perceive the world you have a better chance of being understood by your partner and thereby understand
Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage. Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship — giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. This kind of counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that could become problems during marriage. Sandra deals with deals her couples effective ways to communicate about any concerns and difficulties that may arise during their relationship. By giving each couple a toolbox of techniques that they can use throughout their relationship to build connection and understanding.
Divorce & Separation
Divorce counselling is a form of relationship therapy designed for married couples on the verge or dealing with the aftermath of permanent separation. Divorce is a serious legal procedure that affects not just the separated couple, but also other members of their family. Divorce is quite prevalent in different parts of the world, but not a lot of couples undergo the proper process to emerge from the separation with their emotional, mental, or even physical health intact.
Though common, divorce can cause a lot of stress—not only because of the emotional, mental, legal, and financial factors that the couple has to consider, but also because their lives are bound to change dramatically once the divorce proceedings are over. There are plenty of considerations that have to be thought of and addressed and at times it can be very overwhelming to the individuals.
Divorce counselling can come before or after the legal process, and can help the individuals involved to resume their personal and professional lives after the divorce has been finalised. The individuals involved can also be assisted in minimizing the impact of divorce on their children and other family members, and help them go through the emotional and psychological trauma that might have resulted from this life event.
The aim of divorce counselling is to help individuals adjust to their new lives, and process the negative after-effects of the separation on their lives. Divorce counselling is not required for all couples that are going through the process of divorcing, but can be extremely helpful in preventing possible destructive thoughts and behaviours developing later.
Grief & Trauma
Grief counseling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. These experiences are commonly thought to be brought on by a loved person’s death, but may more broadly be understood as shaped by any significant life-altering loss. (e.g. divorce, home foreclosure, or job loss)
Couples / Relationship
Couples therapy is for couples who are in a relationship, married or not. It is often referred to as marriage counselling. The goal of couples therapy is to improve the couples’ relationship. This type of therapy can also help couples decide whether or not they should continue staying together. Although the focus of couples therapy is on the couple, there are times when the individual psychological issues of one or both parties need to be addressed.
Therapy often includes sessions designed to improve problem solving, build communication skills, and identify life goals and relationship responsibilities. Other common issues include infidelity, financial problems, illness and other life changes, and anger.
Depending on the level of distress in the relationship, therapy can be short term or over a period of several months. While a licensed therapist can counsel couples, marriage and family therapists specialize in relationship issues.
I use the Imago Relationship Therapy theory in all of my couples therapy.
Better communication = better understanding = better problem solving = better connection & fulfillment in the relationship.
Adults & Teens
Individual counseling (sometimes called psychotherapy, talk therapy, or treatment) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Counseling allows individuals to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Individual counseling is counseling focused on the individual’s immediate or near future concerns. Individual counseling may encompass career counseling and planning, grief after a loved one dies or dealing with problems at a job before they become big. Individual counseling is a one-on-one discussion between the therapist and the client, who is the person seeking treatment. The two form an alliance, relationship or bond that enables trust and personal growth.
Conflict resolution is the process by which two or more parties reach a peaceful resolution to a dispute.
In the workplace, there can be a variety of types of conflict:
Conflict may occur between co-workers, or between supervisors and subordinates, or between service providers and their clients or customers.
Conflict can also occur between groups, such as management and the labor force, or between whole departments.