Couples’ Therapy


All intimate relationships go through periods when the connection between the couple becomes strained or charged. When our defences go up, differences and mis- understandings can seem insurmountable, leading to a feeling of distance and distress. At these times it can be hard to voice your real needs and longings and difficult to listen with an open mind and heart.

Couple’s therapy offers a safe and supportive context in which to explore the challenges and/or difficulties that have arisen. Having a mutual, skilled listener present enables the couple to deepen their dialogue. Sometimes core issues have been withheld because it is imagined that voicing them will disrupt the relationship. Understanding of the human needs within these issues will often facilitate an expansion of possibilities for meaningful resolution.

In this process, people often rediscover aliveness in their connection and can re-imagine what is valuable and to be celebrated in their coupling.

 

Practitioners



Catherine Kirwin, MA., Dip. Psych. Syn., UKCP + MBACP reg.

Catherine has been practising counselling in Chepstow and Monmouth since 1994, when she qualified from The Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. In 2005 she gained an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. She has also trained for a year with Gestalt South West and with Jill Gabriel in Couples Counselling. She is an accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a registered UKCP psychotherapist. She offers long and short term counselling and psychotherapy. She works with individuals and couples.

Married to Mark, they have a daughter and live in the lower Wye Valley.

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My other therapies

Counselling

Psychotherapy

 


Mark Kirwin, MA., Dip. Psych. Syn., UKCP reg.

Mark KirwinMark undertook training in an initial three year Psychosynthesis diploma at The Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in 1987-90 and the advanced Diploma in 1994, followed by the M.A. programme in 1998-99 (gaining a Masters degree with a dissertation exploring the relationship between existential crisis and spiritual awakening). Now a UKCP registered Psychotherapist working full time in private practice in both Chepstow and Monmouth centres. Mark is available for short-term focused individual work, couples counselling and longer term ‘depth’ work, as well as professional supervision.

Married to Catherine, they have a daughter and live in the lower Wye Valley.

 

My other therapies

Counselling

Psychotherapy