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As one the the busiest couples counsellors on the Gold Coast, I have noticed that there is a new trend in counselling. About half of my relationship clients are de Facto couples and I am also finding that lovers who are not living together are seeking help with their relationships too. Those who are in a long-term relationship, and are planning to be together and to eventually live together, are looking for help when they have miscommunications or a crisis in their partnership.
This is a wonderful trend to see. It was only twenty years ago that there was stigma attached to seeking help. I think that modern couples are more careful in considering their long-term plans before marriage or living together. A kind of pre-nuptial planning. Which is excellent. If couples can sort out values differences early, or plan how work, finances and raising children will work, they have more chance of having a successful partnership.