Relationship Coaching

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Relationship Coaching Clinical Services

At Psychology Cares, our Relationship Coaching services are designed to elevate and optimise your relationship through clinical expertise and guidance using evidence-based practices developed by our Centre for Research and Clinical Innovation [CRCI]. Relationship Coaching goes beyond enhancing existing relationships; it’s equally valuable for those wishing to enter into a relationship but lack confidence and self-esteem. 

The landscape of romantic expectations has evolved significantly due to societal changes, media portrayals of romance, and the rise of individualism. As a result, our expectations for partners have reached unprecedented heights, creating intense pressure that can lead to relationship breakdowns. In today’s fast-paced world, the pursuit of career development often takes precedence, leaving little quality time for partners. 

By helping partners understand and respond to each other’s expectations, and learning how to make the most out of the time you do have, we aim to expand your capacity and facilitate the achievement of both shared and individual goals within the relationship.

At Psychology Cares, our dedicated relationship coaches guide clients in addressing relationship attitudes, acquiring essential skills, and nurturing personal growth within the complex dynamics of romantic, emotional, and professional partnerships. Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals and couples with the tools needed to navigate challenges, improve communication, and foster continuous development across all facets of their relationships.

The Mental Health Challenges of Loneliness: Strategies for Fostering Meaningful Social Connections

Loneliness, characterised by the distressing mismatch between the quality of a social relationship a person has and what they desire, is a profound state that affects both mental and physical health. From anxiety, depression, and psychosis to premature mortality, loneliness underscores a multitude of challenges to wellbeing and health. 

With a ‘U-Shaped’ distribution, loneliness is not confined to a particular age group but affects individuals across the lifespan. But, those already struggling with mental health difficulties are at an elevated risk of experiencing loneliness, exacerbating their already challenging outcomes. 

Nurturing meaningful social relationships (romantic, platonic and professional) has become crucial for overall well being and combating the feelings of loneliness. 

Qualitative reviews of existing literature have identified four important strategies for reducing loneliness and enhancing social relationships. Firstly, by improving social skills, individuals will have the tools necessary to navigate social interactions effectively. Secondly, strengthening existing social networks or forging new ones provides a robust support system, buffering against the adverse effects of loneliness. Thirdly, increasing opportunities for social contact creates avenues for engagement, expanding individuals’ social circles and diminishing feelings of isolation. Lastly, addressing maladaptive social cognition involves targeting negative thought patterns and beliefs about oneself and others, promoting healthier perceptions and behaviours in social settings.

Factors That Can Shape Social Connection

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.

By embracing these strategies and cultivating meaningful social connections, individuals can navigate the complex landscape of loneliness and forge pathways toward enhanced well-being. As we collectively strive to combat the pervasive challenges posed by loneliness, nurturing and sustaining meaningful relationships remain integral to fostering resilience and promoting thriving communities.

The Three Vital Components of Social Connection

Key Facts for Relationship Coaching Mental Health:

Research suggests a significant association between use of online dating platforms and psychological distress, anxiety, and depression.

Following the pandemic, ⅕ of adults in the UK reported a complete relationship breakdown.

Entering into a positive relationship shortly after a previous breakdown is associated with greater psychological and relational health.

Couples affected by mental health difficulties often experience issues of shame, guilt, intimacy problems, and resentment.

In England and Wales, the divorce rate is on the decline. This is the general trend in the majority of countries worldwide.

Perceived partner responsiveness is key to maintaining a close and satisfying relationship. Relationship coaching can help you become more attuned to both your own needs and those of your partner.

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