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Family therapists are trained and experienced in couple work (whether there are children or not). Maggie specialises in a mentalisation-based approach, a short term method (usually 4-12 sessions) which helps couples explore the difficulties and blocks in their communication . These blocks can lead us into angry exchanges or unhelpful escalating patterns. Over time these patterns can become very entrenched, leading to distressing outbursts or tense ‘no-go areas’ where nothing can be resolved.


If these patterns can be identified and interrupted, differences and difficulties can then be thought about in calmer ways, enabling each partner’s real intentions and fears to be better understood. This sensitive and non-blaming process promotes  mutual understanding, intimacy and future resilience.