Many of us know that 33% of all marriages in Australia end in divorce. Less of us know that the average time from wedding day to divorce is 12.3 years. However, the statistic that I find surprising is that the average time from wedding day to separation is so short, only 8.7 years. Clearly, something critical is missing in how we conduct relationships, whether we are married or not.
Through my many years as a therapist, I have an understanding of what is missing. Whilst we start relationships with great intentions and hopes for what can be created together, we, unfortunately, don’t know what’s coming next and how to deal with it.
We don’t yet know how having children will alter our couple relationship. We don’t yet know that we may drift from our partner. We don’t yet know how stressful life is going to be. We don’t yet know how differently we will see things from the small to the large. We don’t yet understand why our partner’s words, actions or behaviour creates such strong reactions in us or ours in them. We don’t yet understand why we have upsetting cycles of conflict and blame. We also don’t yet know why many couples head towards separation and divorce.
Even though we hope our relationship will improve, it typically won’t. I know that with some time and focus we can prevent this deterioration and build a more secure relationship. If this is you, there is still a way to alter the trajectory of your relationship.
Learn to Skilfully Communicate with
Your Partner & Decrease Conflict
Repeated cycles of conflict and blame always cause hurt and distress for both partners in a relationship. When this is prolonged and unresolved it may even result in a relationship ending. This course has been designed to ensure that your relationship can not only survive, but also thrive. It will help you to develop the skills needed to improve communication with your partner so that you both become happier and more connected.
Moving from Partners to Parents
Having children is typically the life event that is most impactful on couple
relationships. We are often emotionally unprepared for the magnitude of the disorientating and negative changes that take place. Over time this can lead to disconnection, resentment, conflict, lack of intimacy, and even worse, the possible breakdown of the relationship. This course has been designed to help you get back on track, understanding the changes that have occurred, then prioritising and protecting your couple relationship.
Separation & Divorce: How to Take Control of Your Life
Designed to help people not only manage but take control of their separation and
divorce. Separation is known to be one of life’s major stressors and has been known to provoke anxiety. This is made more stressful as many people are guided down unnecessary, acrimonious, and expensive pathways. The most successful separations are those in which both partners commit to ensuring the best possible outcome for all. This course provides a guide to help you achieve this.
“We had prolonged period of ongoing life stressors beyond our control, work, trying to have a child through IVF, and sick parents. We were no longer communicating properly, and we were flat and felt isolated. The process gave us the tools to communicate well and I can honestly say our relationship has never been better.”
“I highly recommend any couple to listen to her council.”
“My wife and I learnt how to talk to each other in a respectful and non-hostile manner, and to listen to each other in a way that is curious and empathic. The experience has been regenerative.”
“Our relationship now has a more robust foundation in which there is lots of warmth and very little conflict.”
“My partner and I were going to give up on our relationship as we bickered all the time and struggled to get through an evening without arguing. With Lissy’s guidance we learnt how to better communicate and have difficult conversations.”
“We are now better able to navigate our relationship, and the triggers that would have once led to arguments now lead to empathetic and conscious discussions. We couldn’t be more grateful for all that we learnt with Lissy.”
“With Lissy’s help we have been able to not only relate to each other more constructively during conflict resolution, we are also able to approach each other with more empathy and less judgement on all levels within our relationship.”
“We can’t recommend Lissy’s guidance highly enough for anyone looking to better understand why they relate, react and communicate the way they do in relationships, and how to improve the quality of these relationships to ensure their long-term success.”