Family and Relationships

Healthy relationships enhance our lives, add perspective and enable us to feel safe and secure.  They also enable us to communicate hopes, dreams, fears, anxieties and work through any difficulties we have.  Knowing we will be treated with respect by others is important, enhances our self-esteem and opens us to new experiences.


Some factors that strengthen relationships include:

  • The ability to compromise

  • Recognition of your own and other people's strengths

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Respect for self and others

  • A willingness to listen to others

  • The ability to empathise with others

  • The ability to share ideas

  • The ability to trust

  • The ability to forgive

Counselling aims to build perspective, strengthen communication skills, acquire health coping strategies and healthy boundaries.