Coupleworks Blogs

The hated familiar

This blog only touches on the Pandemic.  Some will be relieved to hear this.  We have all read interesting and well researched material on the last 5-6 months depending on where, geographically, people were cited.  I think, however, that we need to...

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Denial, Recognition and Stress

‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another’ William James Over the past two weeks Dawn and Kathy have been exploring some of the effects that lockdown has had both on our patterns of working as therapists – virtual therapy...

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Dealing with Anxiety in a Time of Uncertainty

Over the last few months, since the emergence of COVID19, I have often thought that ‘Love in a Time of Cholera’, the title of the book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, has been a fitting description of the focus of my work with clients. Many alterations in the therapy,...

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The effect of lockdown on the therapist and the client

Who would have thought that at the beginning of March when lockdown started and we were all in a state of shock that three months later we would all still be coming to terms with this global pandemic and the unknown implications for the future. Rarely before in my 20+...

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Covid19 and our Green Secret Weapon

The Germans have a word for it, as they do for so many experiences that seem without a neat description in our own language. Waldeinsamkeit is their word that refers to the feeling one has while being alone in nature, and is described as...

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Acknowledgement

I prepared this blog some weeks before the shut (prefer that to lock) down.  I then re read it during the start of the Pandemic and found little to alter.  Now, crossing fingers that we are nearing the back end of restriction, I have read so much which bears...

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Books for Couples

Quarantine fatigue is real. After two months in lockdown, Groundhog Day has become a reality and to help us all through the ‘new normal’ our therapists have put together a list of books and Podcasts that we have found useful and often recommend to the couples we...

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How do we agree on coming out of lockdown?

One of the things that has happened in the last few weeks are significant changes to our language. Words like ‘pandemic’ and ‘lockdown’ could be used fairly dispassionately at the beginning of 2020. Today that has significantly changed as those words are now highly...

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Domestic Violence and COVID-19 Lockdown

As we enter week six of lockdown several domestic abuse charities and campaigners have reported a substantial increase in calls to helplines and online services since lockdown conditions were imposed.  The UK charity Refuge reports calls to its helpline have...

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IVF during Coronavirus

There are many hidden and private tragedies that seem almost to be sub plots of the worldwide drama that envelops us all in this strange time of Covid19.  All the news we get appears to revolve around the worldwide pandemic and its traumatic...

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Potholes and Pitfalls.

Unfortunately, before the hiccup in our planet’s history which we are experiencing at the moment, I forgot to bring my blog to my present location.  The local technology cannot handle shared devices so I am having to start again after a 6 week gap and without the...

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Will my therapist see me in the light of Coronavirus?

Wherever you look at present our responses to Coronavirus are changing the ways we live our lives.  Whether it is in searching for hand sanitiser, or stockpiling pasta, or self isolating, or working from home, life has changed in the last couple of weeks –...

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Are your parents too intrusive in your relationship?

In my consulting room I am often not just sitting with a couple who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship but often with a couple who metaphorically bring their parents with them to every session and spend more time talking about their relationship with...

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Is Fleabagging your drug of choice?

Huge respect to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her amazingly creative and groundbreaking tv series, but the term ‘Fleabag’ actually originated in 1839 and was a noun used to describe an inferior bug infested rooming house - a place that should be inviting but proves to...

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Do as you would be done by.

The above quote by Mary Wakefield in Water Babies sometimes comes into my mind when I set a task for a couple who are having difficult communication problems. The task involves them talking about what their idea of a ‘couple’ is and what they feel they need from each...

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What to do when your Therapist gets in wrong

Most therapeutic relationships start with what psychotherapists call the ‘positive transference’ between client and therapist. This is where the client projects their positive feelings on to the therapist based on their experience of a “good object’ from previous...

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How do we cope with difference in our relationship?

Difference is a factor common to every relationship. Whether it is foods or sex or hobbies or other interests each partner will have their own preferences and these are things that can bring life and energy to the relationship as well as being things that need to...

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Can a relationship survive the discovery of an affair?

‘The revelation of an affair is eviscerating. If you really want to gut a relationship, to tear out the very heart of it, infidelity is a sure bet. It is betrayal on so many levels: deceit, abandonment, rejection, humiliation - all the things love promised to protect...

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