Couples Therapy in Leeds

Head Agenda offers an award-winning professional Couples Therapy and Counselling service in Leeds designed to help those in relationships work through their specific personal issues. Licensed therapists, who are highly trained and BACP registered, provide a non-judgemental, confidential space for couples to open up about their relationships.

As experts in couples therapy, Head Agenda’s licensed counsellors listen to both parties, discuss their relationship and challenges, then provide tools and solutions to move their relationship forward.

Take the first step and enquire today

Take the first step with Head Agenda and discuss, understand, and help find solutions to work through your relationship.

Simply fill in your contact details by clicking the button below. We’ll then offer you a provisional appointment with a licensed therapist specially selected for you based on your requirements.

About our Couples therapy services

Our couples’ experts at Head Agenda work with you to help you find a way through when you are feeling stuck and afraid of going through the same cycle of communication. We work with you both to help you find different ways of communicating, of being heard in the relationship and spend a lot of time working with you to establish respect for each other.

At Head Agenda, we frequently work with people who are struggling in their relationship with someone or many in their life. These could be:

  • Partners
  • Friends
  • Family
  • House mates
  • Work colleagues

Head Agenda offers the best relationship counselling in Leeds or online if it is more convenient. We’re highly experienced in helping you to explore and notice what’s going on, your patterns of relating to others and new helpful ways of being with others can be practiced and introduced.

What do the therapy sessions involve?

Our face-to-face couples therapy sessions are in the Leeds area, usually involve both of you and are confidential and completely non-judgemental.

Your therapist will be fair and give you both airtime. You’ll be encouraged to listen and hear the other, so that greater understanding, empathy, and recognition of the other’s emotional needs might emerge.

Together, we’ll help you address your differences and suggest changes to make your relationship happier and more fulfilling. You might be surprised that the therapeutic journey, whilst at times uncomfortable or difficult, is positive and enjoyable.

Investing in your relationship can help you see things in a different way and help you move from unhappily stuck to positively moving forward. What that means is finding a way for you both to be heard by each other, understand what each of you requires from the relationship and respect it even if it’s not something you both agree on. Finding compromise through those rough patches to build trust and strength in your relationship.

Benefits of Couples therapy

Head Agenda couples therapy can be a bridge that helps you connect with your partner’s world. We’ll help you talk about emotions honestly, giving you both the space to talk about difficult stuff including past experiences, significant people, habits, and unhelpful behaviour. There may be threats to your relationship. There probably was a time, maybe many years ago, that you felt happy, hopeful, and looked forward together.

Rather than ignoring the growing mound of things that have been swept under the carpet, you can face your difficulties with the help of Head Agenda couples counselling in Leeds or online.

The benefits of working together can be enormous, we find that many couples who come to Head Agenda discover that they are not as far apart as they first imagine, they both want the same thing but are unsure and feel too vulnerable to explain this to their partner. The benefits are not only to the couple but to you as an individual as you will have gained a greater understanding of yourself, what makes you respond the way you do and have an increased sense of self so that you feel empowered, confident, and able to find different ways of managing your difficulties.

 

How do I know Couples therapy is right for me?

Good relationships that are kind, accepting and supportive help us to flourish emotionally and physically. When relationships are difficult and we struggle to connect or feel there is disconnection and unkindness, we can feel rejected and often loneliness and unhappiness can result.

We do not know how to fix things. It may feel impossible, so therapy helps you find different ways of improving your communication, being clear and able to be heard by your partner, therapy helps you own your individual difficulties rather than blaming others this helps us to be less threatening and for the other not to feel attacked. If you have felt this, then therapy can help you. Head Agenda can help you to stop the escalation of arguments.

There can also be ‘drama’ that is ever present and means that feelings of either being or feeling in control swing to powerlessness and no control. We are very experienced in helping you to explore and notice what is going on, your patterns of relating to others and new helpful ways of being with others can be practiced and introduced.

Couples therapy: FAQ

Establish boundaries. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, even during an argument.

Try to repeat and explain what they’ve said to you, so that they feel you have heard them. This will relieve tension. Tell them what it’s like for you to not be heard. How does it feel? What does it make you think? Ask them to paraphrase what you’ve said.

Agree to disagree. Try to pin-point the issue and find compromises. Set boundaries and time outs to stop you both going over and over the same thing.

As this is your personal therapeutic journey, ask any questions you would like to know the answers for! Your therapist will guide to open up about your relationship and help you to set goals for the therapy work. Even if your goals differ, after all we are complex humans with our own needs, your therapist will help you to find common ground and improve the relationship that you have with each other.

A truthful answer is that a person cannot be forced to attend couples therapy or to change. We understand that beginning therapy can be quite a challenge, Head Agenda’s experienced couples therapists are skilled in understanding the needs of the couple as well as the needs of each person in that couple and how to support them to open up.

Many people find their concerns about going to couples therapy melt away after the initial session.

Browse our other services

Our therapy and counselling services can help you deal with your relationship issues and concerns holistically; however, you might be interested in learning about how we help overcome specific types of mental ill health, including:

Anger Management Therapy

Our therapy and counselling services are designed to help deal with anger issues. Learn how our expert therapists can help to diagnose, understand, and provide support in coping with anger issues.

CBT Therapy

Our CBT therapy and counselling services here at Head Agenda offer support and guidance – enabling you to challenge your negative thoughts and behaviour patterns to better cope with mental health illnesses from phobias to OCD to PTSD.

Trauma Therapy

Browse our Trauma therapy services, which can help identify historic and recent instances of trauma – and put real-life practices in place to help you live happier and more stress-free each day.

Depression Counselling

Head Agenda’s depression therapy and counselling services are designed to help you deal with your depression. See how our expert, licensed therapists listen, understand, and support your well-being through tailored treatments designed to support you fully.

Anxiety Therapy

Our anxiety therapy and counselling services can help you deal and cope with the symptoms of your anxiety and find the root cause of it. Learn how our licensed friendly therapists can help you overcome your anxiety.

Single Session Therapy

If you think a one-off therapy session is exactly what you need to tackle a pressing issue or figure out whether a more long-term mental health support programme is needed, learn how we can help.

Have any other questions?

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered around couples counselling and therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us here. We’ll try to answer your question as quickly as possible.

Alternatively, if you’re ready to book an appointment and want to make an enquiry for couples therapy, please click the appropriate button below.

What do our clients think about us?

I came to see Mandy in autumn 2019 for some CBT to deal with my anxiety which at times spiralled out of control for weeks/months at a time. Mandy was great, in the end doing a combination of both therapy and CBT to explore where the anxiety had come from, as well as how to put it back in its box. She was great at challenging me, which is just what I needed. An immediate affect was feeling significantly less nervous about flying. I now find myself in week 5 of the UK COVID lockdown, a time that is causing anxiety for so many people, and able to cope. Yes, I have felt anxious (who hasn’t!!), but it has been for a maximum of an hour or two, and not endless. I can highly recommend Head Agenda. Thank you.

Natasha Barlow

Liz was great, can't recommend Head Agenda enough! I went for 12 weeks in total and I feel like it has really got me back on track from the place that I was. Thank you!

Covers by Tom

Debra has been absolutely wonderful in helping me understand my mental health. She’s made me feel so calm and relaxed in sessions. Couldn’t recommend her enough!

Grace Maddox

I was lucky enough to be helped by Mark. I can't find any fault with him. He made me feel comfortable from the get-go. Professional but personable, paid more attention to what I was saying than I did! He seems very intelligent but not at all condescending. If you have any issues you would like to talk through, I would recommend Mark 100%.

Joe Craig

After years of been in and out of therapy I was sceptical about trying it again, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The knowledge, empathy and approach Mandy took to with me was something i'd never experienced before. I actually feel excited to start a new chapter of my life and I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for Head Agenda.

10000% recommend!

Megan Barrett

Great service, really easy to find a therapist to match your needs - spoke to Amanda who was super friendly and made the whole process really painless - thank you!

Sally Hurst

I couldn't recommend Juliet enough. She is a warm, kind and caring therapist who pulled me through a challenging, dark time. I am forever thankful for all her support, wealth of experience and tools she provided. Thank you Juliet x

Holly Dixon

Highly recommended! One of the best investments of my life. A very friendly, kind and professional team. The atmosphere of the place is also great: very calm and relaxing. I went to try CBT and after a few sessions, it worked! I am happier and know myself much better now. I will always be grateful! Thank you, Mandy.

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Head Agenda has been brilliant for me whilst going through a turbulent time in my life. Mark has been amazing. Calm, kind, professional, a complete expert who helps you work through anything whilst providing you with a range of tools you can use. He increases your self awareness and does it with such a positive reassuring presence that lets you feel relaxed and confident to talk to him. Can't recommend Mark and Head Agenda highly enough.

Simon P.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie here at Head Agenda! She has been absolutely amazing in getting me through what felt like a million and one problems when I first went in. I truly came to think of her as a friend and felt her genuine care and want to help me. I always came away from every session feeling lighter and much more positive and she's always been so friendly, sensitive and incredibly relatable. She has guided me through an extremely difficult time in my life and got me through and out of that dark tunnel.

The rooms were always comfortable and inviting and always made me feel at ease to talk

Thank you so much again, Debbie you're an absolute star!

Becky Gill

Can't rate Head Agenda, or my therapist, highly enough. I had my first appointment within two weeks of enquiring and began CAT therapy with Jonathan. His kind, caring and friendly approach instantly helped me to feel relaxed, leading to several breakthroughs during our sessions. My therapy with Jonathan has been genuinely life changing; this is by far the best money I've ever spent. I now feel calmer and more content, and have the tools needed to enjoy better mental health.
If you're ready to put in the work, I'd definitely recommend Head Agenda.

Alannah Graham

I've just finished my last session with my therapist - Debbie, and I can't thank her enough for helping me through a difficult time in my life and seeing the light. I was very apprehensive at first, I've never had counselling before and I was in denial about my problem. But speaking to Debbie is one of the best things I've done, she is friendly, caring and it felt natural talking to her, and she gave me the tools I need to help get better. Very easy booking through Head Agenda, would highly recommend.

Cat I

Interesting, insightful and has been no end of help for my self improvement. Can't thank these lot enough. I feel much more confident and optimistic going forward and it’s down to Mark and the Head Agenda team.

Rob Griffiths

Fantastic service and help through some tough times. Natalie has been wonderful over these last few months.

Miguel Garrido-Letelier

Daniel was kind and helpful to my family member . Gave strategies to help with stress and anxiety that can use . Liked the practical exercises and has kept the list he made at his final sessions to remind him of all the positive things they talked about

Fran Bostyn

I went to Head Agenda to try to tackle my severe anxiety. My therapist Jonathan was really helpful and kind and I now feel more equipped to manage my mental health. The space is calming and welcoming. I would recommend Head Agenda to anyone who is suffering and who needs professional support.

Lauren Piper

I found Head Agenda through another website which recommended therapists. I have used Head Agenda for roughly 6 months and it has been a transformative experience. My therapist was professional, kind, understanding and helpful with making changes and seeing things in a new way. I can't recommend the experience enough.

Tabitha Connolly

Debra was very kind and understanding, she gave considerate and constructive advice, we cannot thank her enough for all that she did to help!

Anne-Louise Wells

About 4 months ago I decided to try therapy and was recommended Head Agenda by my girlfriend. After getting in contact with them I was assigned to Darren and over that period of time I found him very helpful, I would definitely recommend him and say it was a really positive experience

Barnsley Jack

First ever experience with counselling for myself, and it has helped my tenfold. Would recommend to anyone.

Liam Back

I could not recommend Caroline at Head Agenda enough. I was very hesitant when it came to therapy but Caroline had provided me with the confidence to speak about my issues, no matter how big or small. She has constantly treated me with grace and respect, I am very grateful for her.

Emily X

I have had a few sessions with Debra. When I arrived for my first session she made me feel very comfortable and the session just flew by. Debbie really took the time to understand what I was saying and made me feel like she really wanted to help me through my problems. She has gone over and above expectations, supporting me through a very big decision. The rooms are very relaxing and comfortable and there is barely any noise from outside. I would fully recommend having sessions with Debra. She has really opened up my eyes to the reasons of why I feel the way I do and ways to try and reduce those feelings.

Anna Curry

Such a fantastic place. Super friendly and understanding team. Got an appointment really quickly. Such a calm and relaxing space. Thank you!

Megan Barnes

This was my first experience with counselling. I was always reluctant to seek help for whatever reason. With recent health issues I felt that it was the 'icing on the cake' and I needed help. Then I met the wonderful Debbie at Head Agenda. She has guided me more than I ever thought possible. She has helped me see what's truly important and helped me breakdown understand what once felt like big mess in my head! She has taught me so much and I can finally say, today, that I am ready to use her kind words and advice and see how I get on alone. I know she is always there though if I need her one day. I now feel I am strong enough, all thanks to Debbie.

Thank you so much, Deb! You've been an angel x

Jo-Dee Brice

Have had wonderful, sensitive support from Debra, who has helped me learn to take time to sit with my own grief rather than be present 100% of time for others. She made the sessions relaxed, and I will be getting in touch if there are more bumps in my road further down the line. Thank you.

Kate Riley

Counselling will start this week but my initial contact with Head Agenda has been great. Lovely friendly reply to my initial email enquiry, followed by a phone call from Amanda who was very easy to talk and was very reassuring and helpful with all my questions and concerns.

Pen C.

I can't begin to describe how incredible Darren has been in helping me with my mental health. He enabled me to respect and love myself for the first time in a very long time. I have come a long way since starting my sessions and I will be forever grateful to Darren for facilitating my process of healing. I highly recommend Darren and Head Agenda!

Himani Jayasinghe

I honestly can't recommend Head Agenda enough. When I first enquired by email the response was prompt, professional and clear. I was very quickly assigned to Jane Hickson, who agreed to work with me flexibly around my work schedule. Although I didn't have many sessions, i can honestly say that attending counselling with Jane has changed my life considerably. She really helped me work things out. She was professional, yet kind the whole time. Also, the rooms and surroundings are very comfortable and calming.

Sophie Threlfall

I've been seeing Mandy for a year now and she has transformed my life. I can't thank her enough. Having seen numerous therapists over the years I've never found anyone so effective. Mandy has a wealth of knowledge and I've found her very easy to open up to. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Siobhan Thew

Head Agenda were great, and really helped me with my issues. The space was great quiet and private it did not feel intimidating. My therapist Jonathan, took the time to understand my problems and was really helpful and easy to approach. Would recommend.

Robert Rowe

My experience with Head Agenda has been liberating for me! I would recommend anyone that’s thinking of getting help to look no further.

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Michael Greenwood

I am glad I went to Head Agenda, great staff and Mark was really helpful and friendly. If you are unsure about going to see anyone then maybe just book an appointment and discuss it with them. Even if you think you are mentally strong there is always room for improvement. I feel like Mark has helped me find the right path to go forward in my life. I would recommend this company :)

The Anunnaki

I've been seeing June for a while now. I have tried a number of therapies and therapists over the years, but have never really felt heard or understood. I am able to be my authentic self with June, without any fear of judgement or embarrassment. She has an amazing way of challenging my thoughts, in a gentle way, but enough so to allow me to start to reconsider my own thoughts and feelings. She has already had a big impact on my life, and I cannot recommend her highly enough!

The office is lovely and calming, the other staff are always helpful and polite.
100% recommend Head Agenda!

Charlotte Steele

Excellent service. Really useful. Helped a lot. Thanks

Lyndon Ogden

Jonathan at Head Agenda was absolutely fantastic. I felt very comfortable throughout. Really positive experience.

Sacha Ghionis

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie who I had many sessions with earlier this year. At first I was very hesitant but was by far was the best decision I have made and I am now in a place I could have only dreamt to be in a year ago. I could not recommend Debbie highly enough and genuinely want to thank her from the bottom of my heart.

Bradley Hood