Anna sought out counselling to help her to cope with her partner’s Debbie’s drinking. She’d always thought she had a loving, trusting relationship in which she’d been happy for over six years. Alcohol was something they had both enjoyed with friends socially, and as a couple they would often drink wine with dinner, or when socialising with friends. But in the past year her partner, Debbie had been getting home later and later from her job in London, smelling of alcohol, and would always deny having had a drink on the way.
This behaviour would lead to arguments between them, and after each row they would talk things through, and promises were made about making changes, Debbie always said she had things ‘under control’. Anna felt frustrated, unhappy and unsure what to do, and she sought out counselling as a confidential space to help her find a way forward for herself and her relationship