Marriage and Couples Counselling

This chapter is interesting and useful reading for both new couples and those in long established relationships. Dr. Davies initially discusses the positive aspects of making a commitment to another person and being paired as a couple. She then goes on to poignantly describe some of the painful emotions that occur when a couple encounters serious conflict with each other. She points out that the general emotional tone in a home and family is largely determined by the manner in which the adults conduct their life lives and their relationship with each other.

She continues by discussing in a deep and meaningful way the sources of relationship conflict and the impact and costs of it. She then goes on to discuss the process and procedures that are useful for resolving couples’ conflicts, how to get the conversation started and communication skills that are useful for couples. She also discusses why couples sometimes get stuck when trying to resolve conflict as well as emotional and physical intimacy. This chapter ends with Dr. Davies discussion about when to look for professional help.

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Marriage and Couples Counselling: Resolving Relationship Conflict

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Read more about the author of this chapter,  Dr. Karen Davies  of Gilmour Psychological Services® in Ottawa.