Counselling for Relationship Issues in London

Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience. We have a universal need to belong which is satisfied when close relationships are formed.

Intimacy may be emotional as well as sexual and intimacy, for some people, is difficult. Getting emotionally close to someone involves a great level of trust. Intimacy requires a person to be both separate (an individual) and together (as part of an intimate relationship).

Relationships usually involve some level of interdependence. In other words, the people in a relationship usually influence each other and depend on each other in varying ways. Because of this interdependence, things that change or affect one person in a relationship will almost always have an impact on the other person.

Our personal relationships also have a great impact on who we are individually. It has been suggested that a person’s self-concept is defined by the relationships he has with others. Who we choose to enter into relationships with, how we form partnerships with others and how we manage conflicts within those relationships plays a significant role in the success of our close personal relationships.

Counselling helps resolve relationship and intimacy issues

For many years, relationship therapy has provided a safe space in which couples can resolve their relationship problems. Both partners can share their hurts, worries and hopes for the relationship in a controlled, structured environment. An experienced couples therapist facilitates theses discussions and helps identify any problematic dynamics within the relationship.

Couples who are experiencing problems in their sex life may also find sessions with a psychosexual therapist useful. Some of our couples therapists are also qualified as psychosexual therapists.

Just as in individual counselling and psychotherapy, discussions in couples therapy are always confidential.

Couples therapy can work for non-couples, too

It is a misconception that people only seek counselling for relationship problems within intimate, sexual partnerships. While couples are the most likely clients for relationship therapy, people sometimes seek help for relationship problems within families, within friendships or with colleagues.

Sometimes individuals seek personal counselling for help with any relationship or intimacy issues they might be having. Individual therapy can be useful in helping someone identify problematic relationship patterns or intimacy issues, in the hope of having more satisfying relationships in the future.

Overall, relationship therapy can help both couples and individuals with relationship, sex or intimacy issues.

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The shape of relationships is changing

In recent years, trends in human relationships have been changing. As people grow more independent and financially self-sufficient, traditional relationships have altered. In 2008, the number of marriages registered in England and Wales was 232,990 – the lowest number since 1895 (228,204). Many people’s lives now consist of several significant relationships rather than ‘one for life.’ The number of weddings in the UK has also been declining from a peak in 1972.

These statistics do not necessarily indicate that relationships are less important to people. In fact, they could suggest that relationships are more important as people seek to seek fulfilment through relationships with more than one partner.

And relationships don’t always include just two people. Relationships can be open, polyamorous, include multiple partners and transcend gender norms and sexualities. 

For help dealing with any relationship issues, think about seeing one of our relationship therapists.

What to expect in couples counselling

I’m often struck by the anxiety that I see on the faces of clients when they come to their first couples counselling appointment. They are invariably wondering what’s going to happen. Will they have to reveal things they don’t want to say in front of their partner? Will their…

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Facing sexual issues

Sexual issues are common. Sex taps into many different parts of us: the emotional, the physical, the psychological and even the spiritual. The opportunity for something to go wrong in our sexual wiring is great. Most people will experience some kind of sexual dysfunction at some point in…

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Individual counselling

Personal counselling can be about anything that’s on your mind.

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Couples counselling

Couples counselling provides space for couples to discuss problems in their relationship and find solutions.

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Therapists in London

Finding the right therapist is an important first step.

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One Therapy London

Counselling, psychotherapy, couples counselling in London since 2006

Therapist Asma Gharbi
Asma Gharbi

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Couples and Relationship Therapist Counselling Psychologist Asma offers psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative therapies to individuals and couples She tailors her approach to meet the needs and preferences of her clients She offers short and long term therapy Asma provides a non-judgemental space for her clients, where they...

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Therapist Marta Pisarri
Marta Pisarri

Consultant Integrative Psychotherapist Visiting lecturer at Regent's University Diploma in Somatic Trauma Therapy Advance Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc in Clinical Psychology Marta is a psychologist and an integrative psychotherapist: she has been working in the field of mental health for over 12 years in both private...



Therapist Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Consultant Therapist MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy DIT - Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy BSc in Clinical Psychology Barbara is an accredited member of BACP, holding an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and adhering to the BACP ethical framework Her approach is open-ended, offering both short-term and long-term therapy Barbara has also trained in Dynamic...

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Therapist Yussef Ferguson
Yussef Ferguson

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy BA (Hons) Social Work Yussef is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who offers both long and short term personal therapy to individuals He has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and can provide a warm, confidential space to explore and gain insight into any past or...

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Therapist Magda Piesiewicz
Magda Piesiewicz

Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist MSc in Psychology Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sexology Magda helps couples and individuals who are facing psychosexual and relationship struggles She also specialises in compulsive sexual behaviours (often misunderstood as sex addiction) She aims to create a non-judgmental, supportive space where her clients can be open...


Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Consultant Therapist Head of Therapy Training Programmes Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also...

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Therapist Geraldine Lothian
Geraldine Lothian

Consultant Therapist Geraldine (she/her) is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who works with individuals Geraldine’s style of therapy is to work collaboratively with her clients and at each client’s pace  It is sometimes difficult to make the decision to start therapy but Geraldine works together with her clients to address any issues that may feel difficult to...


Therapist Stamatia Lorentzou
Stamatia Lorentzou

Senior Consultant Therapist Stamatia draws on a broad range of theories of psychotherapy She works collaboratively with her clients to understand the causes of their concern and find ways to move forward Stamatia offers both short-term and longer-term therapy She has worked in various organisational settings with individuals seeking to address relationship issues,...


Therapist Rhiannon Whipps
Rhiannon Whipps

Consultant Therapist Rhiannon is a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist with over ten years experience of working within the field of mental health Rhiannon provides an empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic space for her clients to explore any difficulties which they may be facing Within the safety of a confidential environment, she encourages her clients...

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Therapist Patricia Connolly
Patricia Connolly

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Patricia works within a psychodynamic approach This focuses on early life experience and  relationships to help you understand how they shape who you are in the present When you begin to more fully explore your emotions and attitudes you can find a deeper self–knowledge, which can also transform the way you relate to...