Can couple counselling help both partners when one has MS?

In this video Robby interviews Dr Rachel Davies who is a Counselling Psychologist. The interview was filmed by Varsha

Video transcript

Robby: Can couple counselling help with both parties coming to terms with MS or any condition?

Dr Rachel Davies, Counselling Psychologist: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, it really can and we certainly work with a lot of people where there’s been a diagnosis and they’re struggling to come to terms with it, so absolutely. Medical conditions can really affect relationships and I sometimes describe it as like you’re going on a journey and you’re not always going to be on the same, at the same point. So one of you might be feeling that you’re accepting it more and the other person might be falling a bit behind, and then at other times one of them would feel more positive and the other would feel more negative. And what couple counselling can do is to help you see that those differences are okay. You don’t always have to be totally at the same point all the time, that it’s okay for one of you to fall a bit behind, and then you catch up and you take over. So couple counselling can help you to accept your differences as well as your similarities.

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