The Diocese has established a Marriage Counselling Service specifically for Catholic couples in the Diocese who may require couples counselling. This Service provides a safe and non-judgmental space for couples to address and resolve their relational challenges and conflicts. The main goal of the Service is to enhance self-awareness and mutual understanding while identifying and addressing negative relationship patterns. To this end the counsellor will provide a neutral and secure environment as well as offer feedback on observed dynamics, thus guiding couples towards a respectful understanding of each other’s experiences. It goes without saying that both parties need to be invested in the marriage for this to happen.
The Roman Catholic Church places great importance on the Sacrament of Marriage, which we believe is a Covenant between the couple and God. Holy Matrimony in the Catholic Church is also a statement of trust and commitment made to one’s partner, and their future family. However, marriage and starting a family can bring added demands and stress to a couple’s relationship, and having open discussions about difficulties in a safe environment can be crucial for support and relief. The Marriage Counsellor’s role, therefore, is to support couples in building strong relationships and making significant life choices.
The Service currently has one professionally trained and qualified counsellor, Rosaline Nain Chia, who is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Couples can contact Rosaline by completing the online referral form below.