In addition to the free individual counselling service we offer a couples counselling service that is available for all Edinburgh University staff and their partners at a modest cost.
Problems in our intimate relationships cause considerable unhappiness and distress which can spill over into all areas of life, affecting our health, our relationships and our work.
Some common issues which affect couple relationships are:
Often couples find that they have become stuck trying to solve their problems, with communication breaking down and one or both of the partners feeling despairing about ever reaching a resolution. Couple counselling enables couples to explore their difficulties in the presence of a trained professional, who can help the couple talk about what has gone wrong and try to find a way forward again.
There will be a charge of £35 per session for this service, which is considerably lower than the average cost of couple counselling in the private sector. This service is offered in addition to the existing free counselling service for individual staff members
The counselling will be carried out by fully trained and experienced counsellors who have had an additional training in working with couples.
All University of Edinburgh Staff and partners are eligible to apply for couple counselling. Attendance at couple counselling will not preclude the staff member from seeking individual counselling at some other time.
However, it should be noted, that the individual counselling service is not available to partners, unless they are also a staff member.
In the majority of cases couple counselling is most effective when both partners attend the sessions together. You should therefore attend as a couple unless your counsellor recommends individual sessions.
If you would like to apply for couple counselling, or learn more about the service, please contact the Staff Counselling Service by -
Our administrator is in Monday to Thursday mornings and she can answer your queries. If we are unable to answer your call please leave us a message and someone will get back to you within a short period of time.
This article was published on Feb 19, 2013