Relationship Goals 2.0

*****UPDATE*****

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Relationship Goals 2.0 events are suspended until future notice. I am working on some online courses, including one to support couples with the impact on their relationships of increased anxiety, potential school closures, and extended periods at home together. Please join my mailing list to be the first to hear about them.

What does love look like on the other side of having kids?

Relationship Goals 2.0 is a relaxed event where parents have fun together while learning about the skills and habits that keep couples happy together. We meet in a private room above a pub, where we start with a brief talk from me. The talk is on a different theme each time, breaking down what the research tells us about how to have a great relationship. Then you have some fun together doing an activity which is designed to be interesting, fun, and deepen your connection. Come as a couple, with a friend or on your own. I’ll send you home with prompts to help you continue the conversation with your partner. You can share as little or as much as you like about what becoming parents has meant for your relationship.

What People Say About Relationship Goals 2.0

“It was lighthearted and fun, got us chatting. Wasn’t as ‘deep’ as I thought – and that’s a good thing!”

“Really enjoyed your openness and enthusiasm.”

“Lovely environment.”

“It was so comforting to hear/see that others are going through similar things.”

“Good game to stimulate conversation and discussion/talking points – I learnt a few things I didn’t know!”

“The structure was great – having a bit of info/presentation followed by something interactive and fun.”

“Very approachable.”

“Relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to talk to the whole group.”

“Reassurance that ups and downs are normal.”

“Loved the game – was great to do something fun with my husband, something we don’t usually do, and to realise our similarities.”

 

Relationship Goals 2.0: Upcoming Events

Relationship Goals 2.0 is held upstairs at The Poets Ale and Smoke House, 33 Montgomery Street, Hove, BN3 5BF.

Each event has its own theme, based on what the research tells us about how the happiest couples approach their relationships.

The themes are: TOGETHERNESS · CURIOSITY · RESPECT · ATTENTION · POSITIVITY · SPACE · UNDERSTANDING · HOPE · WELLBEING · CLOSENESS.

Each event is different, and each is designed to build on the last. So if you want to get the most benefit to your relationship, come along to as many events as you can so that you don’t miss a thing.

Date TBC – UNDERSTANDING:

  • Raising issues gently and constructively
  • Understanding each other’s points of view
  • Changing direction when your discussions take a turn for the worse
  • How to be masters of the art of compromise

If you have any questions, you can contact me here. Otherwise I’ll look forwards to seeing you at an event soon!

P.S. Can’t make a date or not local to Brighton and Hove? I’m working on making this available to you online soon! Join my mailing list for updates.

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So many things were helpful

So many things were helpful that it is hard to choose just one. Most helpful was probably how compassionate you were towards me. This slowly helped me shift the way that I relate to myself. Counselling felt like a very safe and warm space, in which I could  look at myself with more kindness and allow myself to express feelings and needs. This has helped me personally as well as making me more open in my relationships with other people, privately and at work. Thank you Catherine. The two years with you have meant a lot to me and have changed me in many ways.

October 2020

I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story

I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story than Catherine. As she joined me on my journey she was kind and supportive. Encouraging me to see things in a different light. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine's instinctive approach and skill of picking out key elements in my narrative helped me make sense of things at this difficult time for me. Thank you. Everything was clear & straight forward. Which is no mean feat when you are operating in a global pandemic!!

August 2020

Catherine always remained calm and collected

Catherine always remained calm and collected even during times filled with conflict in couples therapy. She managed to bring back my then boyfriend to a calmer state and I felt like she was standing up for me when I couldn't. I felt like I had a good bond with her and trusted her so that I could open up in front of her.

August 2020

I feel I am in a very different place

One of the most useful things about going to counselling was learning so much about myself. I feel I am in a very different place from when I first started and I owe it to the support and help which Catherine offered. I will not rule out returning if I feel I need to, but for now I feel happy with the place I am in.

July 2019

I really found the whole experience really helpful

[What was most helpful about your counselling?] “Having a different perspective on my situation and what I was going through. Talking through how I was feeling and then being directed by Catherine to look at things in a different way and make connections to other parts of my life and relationships helped to make sense of things. I really found the whole experience really helpful and exactly what I needed at the point I was at. Thank you for your help.

June 2018

She helped me through the fog of self doubt

Catherine describes herself as a demystifier – and she is. But not just of psychobabble. She helped me through the fog of self doubt, delusion, depression that clouded me in a difficult period of my life. And in place of fog she helped install the ropes and tackle I needed to climb onto dry land, out from the cold, and find a seat back by the fire. But equally, she possesses a superpower (and a useful one for a therapist): she has an off-the-chart ability to listen. To make you hear her listening, to adjust the quality of silence you sometimes need to say what you didn’t know you were going to say, to make you feel heard. Her empathy is palpable; yet I’ve never once felt patronised. Most extraordinary is that she does all this without judgement or prejudice, but with sincerity and good humour. It’s pretty much the perfect combination and I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from talking to Catherine. And I can’t thank her enough.

January 2018

You were excellent

Thanks for all your help. I will be in touch if I need to in the future. You were excellent.

November 2017

Catherine was wise and supportive

Catherine was wise and supportive, picking out elements of my story and helping me see things in a different way. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine has been very kind and helpful at a difficult time in my life.

August 2017

The help you’ve given me has been invaluable

I just want to say a huge thank you for the past year. The help you’ve given me has been invaluable and I’ve learnt so much about myself, my past, and my relationship to the wider world. Your guidance and help will stand to me for the rest of my life and I’ve made so many positive changes in the past year, a lot of which I feel I owe to you. Thank you so much for everything.

May 2017

Thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and understanding.

January 2017