Individual and Relationship Counselling

Individual Counselling

There are times in everyone’s life when we need the support of someone else. Sometimes life overwhelms our usual capacity to handle problems and gets beyond a good chat with a loved one. Our counsellors are available for these difficult times. They will listen and come alongside you, in order to help you find a way through.

The Cottage provides counselling across a range of needs. Some of the issues our professionally qualified and experienced counsellors see regularly are:

Depression Anxiety Relationship   Stress Relationship Loss Grief
Separation Divorce Recovery Low Self Esteem Addictions Sexuality
Trauma Childhood Abuse Victims of Crime Domestic Violence Life Change
Phobias Eating Disorders Faith Dilemmas Post Natal Depression


Relationship Counselling

Despite the best beginnings, all relationships have tough times. Our relationship counsellors can help you navigate these times. In general, relationship counselling is for couples, but siblings, or parents and children, or any other combination of people can also benefit from counselling. If you are unsure, feel free to ring and ask about whether counselling could help your situation.

The initial appointment will assess your situation, asking you together about the issues affecting you and about your goals for the relationship.

The relationship counsellor may also ask to see each of you for one individual session while continuing the relationship counselling.

Some of the issues people bring to relationship counselling are:

Communication Life Stage Conflict Resolution Parenting
Relationship Breakdown Carer Support Marriage Preparation Separated Parenting


Marriage Preparation

The Cottage aims to support couples from the very beginning by providing a marriage preparation course, called Prepare. We highly recommend Prepare for all engaged couples or for couples contemplating a long term commitment. Completing a course such as this provides an invaluable opportunity to reflect on your relationship and prepare for your future together. It can equip you with the skills needed for a strong and healthy life together .