Saturday 1 October 2016

Irish therapists see 15pc rise in those seeking couple counselling in 2015

Published 03/02/2016 | 14:57

Irish therapists have noted a 15pc rise in the number of couples seeking their help
Irish therapists have noted a 15pc rise in the number of couples seeking their help

One in two couples who sought out the help of a couples’ counsellor last year revealed that financial issues were at the core of their problems.

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Irish therapists have noted a 15pc rise in the number of couples seeking their help to mend the cracks in their relationships throughout 2015.

According to the figures, released by Relationships Ireland, found that money troubles are contributing to problems in the bedroom and revealed that male partners are finding it hard to perform under the pressure.

However therapist Tony Moore said Irish men are opening up about their issues more than they would have done in the past and are more keen to mend the issues facing them through counselling.

 “January is always the busiest month of the year but last month was particularly busy, up roughly 15% and the busiest start to the year we’ve had in a long time.

I noticed a lot more men coming in on their own, many who were very stressed and suffering personal confidence issues.

"In a lot of the cases, about 50% of them, financial worries are affecting the relationships, whether that’s unemployment, the struggle to get a permanent job, negative equity, houses facing repossession or all the bills that are coming in.

“It’s particularly daunting in January and people in this situation will often look at the year ahead and wonder how they are possibly going to get through it.

“Financial stress also makes it difficult for men to be intimate with their partner because they lose their sense of self-worth and confidence.”

The therapist also suggested that Irish relationships are becoming stronger because couples are seeking counselling at earlier points in their relationships.

“We’re seeing more and more couples just a few weeks after problems start to emerge, whereas in the past couples used to wait years, and by that stage it’s often too late to help.”

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