Berkshire Relationship Counselling Group Wokingham and Reading

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Experienced relationship counsellors working with couples, families and individuals in Wokingham- near Bracknell, Crowthorne and Ascot- and Reading - near Henley and Oxford

Our names are Fay Hanniker, Michaela Reeves and Julie Reilly and, as a team, we have over 30 years’ experience of facilitating change with individuals, couples, young people and families. We are all professionally trained relationship counsellors and we have been providing relationship counselling and psychosexual therapy, also known as sex therapy, in Wokingham and Reading for the past 12 years.

We are committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. To read more about this, please click on Frequently Asked Questions above.

We each see the role of the couple counsellor as being about working alongside our clients to help them make sense of what is happening, or has happened, in their relationships and to find strategies to do things differently going forward.

Some of our clients, whether individuals, couples or families, come to relationship counselling to address a specific issue or incident that is causing concern or distress. Or it might be that they want to work through a particular issue that has never been resolved and every so often resurfaces to cause upset. We work with people who want to move away from feeling 'stuck' in their couple or family relationships or who overwhelmed by difficult feelings such as frustration, shame, anger, hurt and confusion.

As relationship counsellors, we work with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing issues such as:

  • breakdown of communication - there is little or no communication; attempts to talk result in frustration or arguments
  • impact of life events - such as the birth of children;'empty nest'; retirement; illness; redundancy
  • managing crises - such as the discovery of an affair; one partner feeling ready to leave; discovery of financial issues
  • divorce and separation - this can include working through a range of difficult feelings involved in the sense of loss this experience brings; managing the impact on all involved
  • family issues- such as changes in family dynamics; different parenting styles; conflict between family members

    You can read more about our work as relationship counsellors working with individual, couples, family or young people by clicking on the Counselling button above.

    We also offer counselling with a sexual focus in Wokingham and Reading and psychosexual therapy (sex therapy ) in Wokingham only for individuals and couples facing issues around their sexual relationship. Please click on Sexual Issues in the menu above to read more about the difference between these two types of therapy.

    As relationship counsellors we are all members of professional bodies including being registered on the BACP ,(British Association of Psychologists and Counsellors) Voluntary Register. For further information about our individual qualifications please click About Us in the menu above. We work in strict adherence to our professional bodies' code of ethics. We all regularly undertake ongoing professional development activities and also all hold the appropriate DBS checks. You can therefore be assured of our commitment to offering relationship counselling and psychosexual therapy of the highest professional standard.

  • Our blog

    Through our blog we explore a range of issues that relationship counselling can help address - whether in individual or couple counselling , in family counselling or in sex therapy.

    Relating to our work as couple counsellor, we have looked at two of the questions that people coming for couple counselling often ask us : 'Can couple counselling really help? ' and ' Is it too late?' The short answer is that, Yes, in many cases counselling can and does make a significant difference to couple's relationships. Another post explored how holidays can put huge pressure on the couple relationship - probably because we're so busy looking forward to a break that we don't actually talk to each other about what we want to do while we're away. We think about how we can create the memories we want -as a couple or as a family.

    A third post explored what can be quite a difficult issue for some couples, namely - low desire for sex .We hoped to make it accessible by taking a relatively light hearted look at how this might be addressed. This is an area of work that Michaela, who works as a psychosexual therapist as well as a couple counsellor, has particular expertise in.

    Our blog also includes a couple of posts looking at a very different area of relationship counselling. As part of the work we do with couples who are parents and who are coming to, or are at the end of their couple relationship, we looked at how children might be affected by separation / divorce . The way parents manage their separation is key to the way children react. We offered some suggestions as to how parents who are no longer together as partners might parent together in such a way as to minimise the impact on their children.

    Our next post followed on from the previous one by focusing on the loss experienced by teenagers when their parents are going through the process to separate / divorce , or have formally separated. Drawing on the stories we have heard in our work as relationship counsellors working with young people and families, we have created 3 monologues that chart one fictional teenager's journey through three stages of the loss cycle.

    Our next post will relate to our couples' work as we look at one of the main issues that brings people to couples' counselling - namely breakdown of communication. There are many reasons as to why this happens and we will suggest a few ways to start to address this.

    To read the articles please scroll up to the sidebar on this page and you'll see where to click onto the post.

    How To Find Us

    Our relationship counselling practices are located in Wokingham where Fay and Michaela work, and Reading where Julie works. These are within easy reach of Crowthorne,, Bracknell, Ascot, Sandhurst and Henley. We have also worked with individuals,couples and families looking for counselling or psychosexual therapy from further afield - places such as Camberley, Pangbourne, Burghfield, Mortimer, Oxford, Newbury and Basingstoke. Some of these clients chose Berkshire Relationship Group because they wanted counselling some distance from home. However,the majority sought out our services on the recommendation of friends / family who had themselves previously been our clients

    Between us, Fay and Michaela, are able to offer counselling in Wokingham during the day from Monday to Friday with the earliest appointment being 8 a.m. Evening appointments are also available on weekdays - Monday through to Thursday in Wokingham. Julie is currently not taking on new clients. She works in Reading on Wednesday, offering daytime and evening appointments. On Saturday mornings, Michaela works in Wokingham.

    You can read our individual profiles by clicking on About Us in the menu above. To contact us individually or as a team please click How To Contact Us on the menu bar above.

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