Do you want to improve your relationship with yourself?

The relationship with yourself is without doubt one of the most important; and one of the most difficult challenges. Matthew Sweet offers face-to-face and online counselling and psychotherapy for individual relationship counselling and other mental health conditions.

Matthew Sweet from Sweet Mental Health, Mental Health Support in Exeter and online

Why should you improve your relationship with yourself?

I believe that the relationship with the self is without doubt one of the most important; and one of the most difficult challenges. There might be concerns and confusion about how to be within yourself, and with others. In particular, it could be that you struggle to express views, words and name feelings in relationships. When counselling for relationship issues, there will be freedom to say what you feel and have possibly hidden, to be truthful to yourself.

There can be no question that working with a relationship counsellor is tough work. You may even be ready to move on from this page. You may be trying to ignore the whispering mind that you are alright and do not need help. You may even believe that people who suggest you need space to talk with a personal counsellor have a hidden agenda. These thoughts and actions are acceptable to pay attention to as good content to challenge yourself with a relationship counsellor. We are either in connection with our true selves or have yet still to find our truest version of the self.

Individual Relationship Counselling to improve your mental health

The reality in the stages of development as infants, children, adolescents and then into adulthood offers experiences to pay attention to. I am curious to observe constant and irregular patterns as a behavioural therapist. What might be happening for you is those challenges you face with mental health difficulties or changes to life through a relationship breakdown or career change that might feel overwhelming. There could be occasions where your sleep and food intake has become less. It could be that you have a desire for many different sexual partners or a same-sex relationship. Or, perhaps no relationship at all. There are many parts to how we cope with changeable times.

When we seek newness or change there are many moving parts to make it successful. The most obvious need to make it happy and right for you is to build trust with a professional who can give safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to share what is happening. There might be changes to the body which has you happy in a relationship but not intimate. You may find yourself irritable and not as you once were with a friend, family member or partner. The use of a counselling relationship invites exchanges to enquire what is going on for you by staying present with the thoughts, emotions and feelings which present. This type of enquiry is why as a behavioural therapist I think there is a possibility to improve mental health when looking at individual relationships.

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Matthew Sweet from Sweet Mental Health, Mental Health Support in Exeter and online

Am I the best personal counsellor for you?

I recommend working with someone like me, who can hold a safe and comfortable space. The bespoke sessions will be used to find what matters to you over 6 or more weeks. However, if you are experiencing prolonged confusion or uncertainty then there is a recommendation to take as long as you need – this is known as an open-ended contract with a private therapist to make sense of the presenting difficulties.

An example would be sexual difficulties or low or no sexual desire. We are human beings that struggle to act as humans that just do at times. Over time and space, it is possible to find meaning to your current stage of life as an individual and how it changes in each weekly counselling session. Each one of us – taking into account your sexual orientation and gender you recognise as – needs space to feel less lonely with those thoughts which restrict mental health balance.

It is important for me to understand the current behaviour to plan and structure a personalised and bespoke session. Therefore, I do not think that counselling for relationship issues can happen in single sessions. Please note, I do not provide couple counselling.

If you would like further support and advice, contact me here, or book an introductory call. This could be a really good time to begin a private counselling experience.

Bespoke Counselling Package

50-minute Integrative Counselling sessions (weekly or fortnightly).
Online, telephone or face to face appointments in Gandy Street, Exeter.
Only £49 per session

“Through the mindfulness practice with Matt, complemented with Yoga the transformation I feel in me is just outstanding. Having readjusted my approach to me and my life as a whole, I can honestly confess to loving the ‘new’ me. Being calmer, patient, receptive and therefore realising that I achieve so much more from my day to day living is possibly the most valuable tool we can give ourself”

Kerry Godley-McAvoy, Event & Account Management, Team Army Sports Foundation

“You will not find a more professional individual than this man. Incredible listener and responder. Thoroughly trained with an immense calmness and inviting warm personality. You will meet humanity personified head on! You will feel elated when you receive help and a listening ear. Recommend thoroughly.”

Rasvinder Virdee, Torquay Photo Centre

“Matthew is kind, non judgemental and holds a level of wisdom and observance not often seen in the field of therapy. He will give you the tools you need to change your life, you just need to take the leap of faith.”

Jack Howard, Weston Super Mare