Happy couples argue too, but sometimes couples find themselves in a situation where constant conflicts and arguments have started to decrease relationship happiness and satisfaction. Talking openly, honestly and respectfully is the first step of making a change for the better. However, communication is rarely easy, and getting the relationship back on track independently may seem impossible. Where then to get help and support?
Counselling and therapy services are offered by relationship counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, as well as different organisations, such as local councils and parishes, and associations.
Relationship counsellor Hanna Kinnunen
@: hanna @ duoduo . fi
"Overhand Knot" in a relationship counselling
Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first signs of problems before they seek help. This means the average couple lives with unhappiness for far too long. Seeking help early is not a sign of failure, but a sign of commitment.
Overhand Knot relationship counselling is meant for couples going through a crisis in their relationship. The aim of the counselling is to increase understanding between partners and to help them to see each other’s point of view. Furthermore, the couple will also learn new ways of communicating and resolving conflicts.
The Overhand Knot relationship counselling is not suitable for couples who have already decided to break up or to get a divorce (even if it is a one-sided decision). Likewise, the counselling is not suitable for couples with issues with substance dependence and/or domestic violence.
"Will and Skill" relationship coaching for couples
Participating in a Will & Skill relationship coaching programme for couples will give you new ideas and research-based skills that can strengthen your relationship. You will learn ways to communicate better and how to resolve conflict in a constructive way as well as how to foster respect, affection and closeness in your relationship.
The Will & Skill programme is based on a model developed by the Couple Relationship Center of the Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) and consists of short introductory lectures in English as well as private discussions and exercises with your partner.
The programme is aimed at both unmarried and married couples wanting to develop their relationship skills. The programme includes tools for preventing and solving conflict, but the programme is not therapeutic or reparative. Therefore, the programme is not suitable for couples in acute crisis and/or contemplating divorce.