Psychology Cares Clinical Services

Couples Clinical Services

Our clinical services for couples at Psychology Cares incorporates evidence-based practices with pioneering theories and treatment models developed by our Centre for Research and Clinical Innovation [CRCI]. Our specialist services aim to address a spectrum of complex relationship dynamics striving for optimisation by enhancing communication, connection, and mutual growth in all aspects of your relationship.

A significant amount of couples experience relationship difficulties such as communication breakdowns, trust issues, and intimacy concerns [Very Well Mind Survey, 2023]. These relationship difficulties can lead to a sense of hopelessness and loneliness. Research consistently demonstrates a close link between strong, supportive relationships and positive mental health but unhappy relationships have a significant negative impact on a person’s mental health [Mental Health Foundation, 2022].  

Our innovative approach through the integration of neuroscience and psychological sciences, enables us to reroute and rewire your neural pathways, enhancing emotional regulation and empathy in couples.

At Psychology Cares, we go beyond crisis intervention. We believe in proactive relationship care. By focusing on neuroscience-informed strategies, we empower couples not only to navigate challenges, but to grow and foster a relationship that continues to evolve and strengthen over time. Explore our Relationship Coaching page to unlock the full potential of your relationship.

Exploring the Intricacies of Romantic Relationships: Understanding their Impact on Health and Wellbeing.

Romantic relationships shape our emotions, behaviours and overall well being. Recent research delves into the multifaceted nature of such relationships and their profound implications for health and wellbeing. 

Unhappy marriages are associated with negative outcomes, extending far beyond emotional distress. From elevated blood pressure and compromised immune function to increased mortality risk, poor quality relationships negatively impact physical health. Individuals in unsatisfactory relationships are also increasingly vulnerable to mental health difficulties, the repercussions of which often spill over into other domains of life adversely impacting working productivity and the well-being of children. 

But what affects relationship quality? A closer examination reveals a complex interplay of relationship-specific variables and individual differences among partners.

Antecedents and Consequences of Relationship Quality

"Antecedents and consequences of relationship quality (1–9). Schematic depiction of the field of relationship science. In their work, relationship scientists use an extensive assortment of overlapping individual difference and relationship-specific constructs. These constructs predict the way couple members behave toward and interact with each other, which in turn affects relationship quality and a variety of consequential outcomes. These processes are themselves embedded in social networks as well as broader cultural and historical structures."

Relationship-specific variables, such as life satisfaction and attachment styles have long lasting effects on the trajectory of partnerships over time. In particular, subjective experiences within the relationship excerpt considerable influence over relationship quality. 

Individual differences also contribute significantly to the quality of relationships. Personality traits, coping styles, and communication patterns are important factors which shape relationship dynamics. These factors are largely mediated by a person’s experience within the relationship, highlighting the interconnectedness of personal characteristics and relational dynamics.  

Romantic relationships represent a complex interplay of various relationship-specific factors and partner individual differences. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for promoting health and wellbeing in various domains of life. Relationship science offers valuable insights into fostering thriving and resilient partnerships in today’s dynamic world.

At Psychology Cares, our Centre for Research and Clinical Innovation (CRCI) and neuroscience LifeLab(LiL), with specialist and dedicated clinical research, continue to contribute to the understanding of relationship dynamics and how these can improve our wellbeing.

Triangulating Success in a Relationship


Key Facts for Couples Mental Health:

There is a bidirectional relationship between depression and conflict in a relationships.

Couples who engage in therapy together have better outcomes than 80% of couples who do not engage in therapy.

The most common problems in relationships are communication issues and managing conflict.

For men, significant risks are associated with partner-initiated break-ups. This can create mental health challenges, difficulties with life and interpersonal transition.

Healthy romantic relationships serve as a protective factor against poor mental health.

Women tend to employ emotion regulation strategies to mitigate negative mental health symptoms, and as such, relationship building and satisfaction can be crucial in women’s mental health.

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