Relationship Counselling Portsmouth

Relationships often go through difficult phases, but through relationship counselling many couples can work through issues together and come out as a stronger couple. Continue reading to learn more about relationship counselling and get information on local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

Counselling 4 U
01329 310025
22 Kilmiston Dv
Hampshire Counselling Service
023 92384271
57 High Street
Child & Family Guidance Service
023 8061 0961
Newtown Rd
Sill Waters Counselling
07920 886527
27 Llangorse Dr
Citizen Advice Bureau
0844 8269800
c/o Cheadle Library 23 Ashfield Road
Havant & District Citizens Advice Bureau
023 9271 7699
9 St. Georges Walk
Registration of Births Deaths & Marriages
01329 280493
4-8 Osborn Road South
Walk In The Sun Counselling Services
023 8052 9100
28 Western Rd, Chandler's Ford
0845-165 1830
9 Parkhills Rd
Citizens Advice Bureau
01788 541000
32 North St

Relationship Advice & Work Issues

Work & Relationships


Differences in work ethic, ambition, attitude to work, career progression and job loss can have a serious impact on a relationship. Sometimes the problem existed from the beginning of the relationship; sometimes it develops due to changes in circumstances.

There is nothing more certain in life than the fact that things will change and this is increasingly the case in relation to work and work status. If your partner is made redundant or dismissed, becomes pregnant, chooses to change jobs or becomes sick then the balance in your relationship will change. It helps to have a plan in place and ensure continued communication so you can support each other through change.

Here are some of the main work related issues that can easily become a problem affecting your relationship at home.

Differences in ambition may bother you. You may have a high powered job and your partner just plods along happily without ambition or desire to move on. You work incredibly hard while all they seem to do is spend the money.

You have to decide what really bothers you about this situation. Is their lack of ambition really detrimental to your relationship? Is their freer attitude to work and life in fact one of the things that you were attracted to in the first place?

Look at the aspects of the difference that really upset you. Imagine you work an 80 hour week while they work 35. This really gets to you and you express it as frustration that they don't work hard enough. Is that really the case? Would you really rather by working 35 hours but can't see a way out of your 80 hour week? If you need to make changes to work and life balance, make them together.

It may be that your partner has a particular attitude to work for a good reason, for example they previously worked in a stressful environment that made them sick and don't want to do it again. You can learn from their experience of making changes in their life. If your partner has a work ethic you aspire to, for example, fast career progression, you can learn from their example to help you achieve your aims.

If you feel you are saddled with being the main breadwinner then discuss how you could begin to change things. Bear in mind this could take some time and don't make rash changes without discussing the options with your partner.

Are you are embarrassed by your partner's job status? When people ask you what you partner does for a living you avoid answering or make something up. Has this always been the case from the start of the relationship or has the problem increased as you have become more successful?

Is this really your partners fault? Why are you embarrassed by their job - are other people embarrassed by it or is it just your perspective? How does your partner feel about their job - do they gain satisfaction from it which benefits your relationship?

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Relationship Emotional Support & Advice

Relationship Emotional Support & Advice

Emotional Advice

The breakdown of a relationship is one of our most stressful life events. You lose your lover, your friend, your confidence and perhaps your sense of self and direction.

This is a time of extreme and mixed emotions made more complicated by stresses and worries about legal and financial considerations. People cope with their emotions in different ways, some people choose to ignore how they feel and carry on as if nothing has happened. Others find it cathartic to openly express how they feel.

You are likely to experience a series of emotional stages after the breakdown. You might feel angry, shocked, depressed or frustrated and fearful. It is important that you recognise these feelings as normal but try to stay positive as you take the first steps in moving on with your life. This section includes advice and information to help you address your fears , support your children and maintain your mental wellbeing .

Sometimes the support of friends and family can be enough to see us through this difficult period. Sometimes it helps to talk things through with someone less involved and trained in giving emotional support. Look here for further information on counselling and how to cope being alone.

It may be useful to discuss and receive advice and information from other people who have experienced relationship breakdown. You can chat with other people who are going through the same experience as you on our forum .

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Relationship Issues, Stress, Strain and Damage



People's stress thresholds vary. For some people the pressures of everyday life are stressful, others cope with amazing challenges without feeling stress. A certain amount of stress keeps us active and alert but most people say they are most stressed at the point when they feel they are no longer in control.

Stress can be extremely damaging to relationships, whether it comes from within the relationship itself or from external sources such as worries over work, money, children or personal image.

Whilst a good, strong relationship can help to prevent stress, if stress levels become too great, people can become irritable, uncommunicative and physically detached thus putting a strain on the relationship.

What are the main causes of stress?

  • Excessive pressure at work or anxiety regarding job security
  • Money worries
  • Unhappy or difficult relationships
  • Anxieties about health or illness
  • Being a carer for others
  • Life events such as moving home, death, marriage
  • Concerns about children or other family members
  • Bullying
  • High expectations of self or from others
  • Concerns about body image

But how exactly do you know you are stressed?

There are many common symptoms including:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Depression
  • Constant anxiety
  • Lack of libido
  • Physical symptoms, headaches, palpitations, panic attacks, sweating
  • Vagueness and memory problems
  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleep
  • Repetitive habits e.g. nail biting
  • Listlessness and fatigue
  • Irritability and short temper

The first step in dealing with stress is recognising that there is a problem, however these symptoms can have other underlying causes and it is important if you have several of these symptoms that you consult your GP. Your GP will be able to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and treat you accordingly.

If stress is diagnosed, they can help you to find ways to cope with and reduce your stress, including advice on your lifestyle, time off work, referral to a counsellor or medication. You can also follow this link to find counsellors and life coaches in your region.

Many people suffer silently in relationships when the support of a partner could be the thing that could make a real difference. Talking to your partner is a good start. Here are some other simple stress busting tips that can help to keep your stress levels under control.

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