Most marriages and other romantic relationships aren't perfect. Each partner brings his or her own unique ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship. These differences may either help individuals to understand, respect and accept opposing views and cultures or lead to a variety of relationship difficulties.

Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship. Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.

No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. An unhappy relationship may also create problems at work and affect other family members or friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.

Christine offers Couples Therapy in order to assist with the following:

     •  Infidelity
     •  Divorce
     •  Substance abuse
     •  Physical or mental conditions
     •  Same-sex relationship issues
     •  Cultural clashes
     •  Finances
     •  Unemployment
     •  Blended families
     •  Communication problems
     •  Sexual difficulties
     •  Conflicts about child rearing
     •  Infertility
     •  Anger
     •  Changing roles, such as retirement

Couples Therapy may be short term or long term. A couple may only need a few sessions in order to assist them through a crisis. Couples Therapy may also take place over several months, particularly if the couple’s relationship has greatly deteriorated. As with individual psychotherapy, couples will typically attend therapy sessions on a weekly basis.

Couples Therapy can assist individuals to rebuild their relationship or to decide that they would both be better off if they were to separate. Either way, the therapeutic process will assist each partner to better understand their relationship and to make well-thought-out decisions.

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©Copyright 2018 Christine Slabbert
©Copyright 2016 Christine Darney
HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980
HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980