All relationships have difficult patches. Disagreements, conflicts, and hurts occur even in the best relationships.
Relationship counseling can help individuals and couples grow and heal and the relationship growth will continue to serve each person for much longer than the counseling itself.
Although counseling tends to be considered only for relationships in crisis, counseling is worth considering and can be mutually beneficial for any couple committed to working to have a solid and positive relationship. I can help!
Some of the most common reasons couples come to me for counseling include:
Communication Issues - Counseling can help couples improve communication patterns and ensure each party feels heard and respected in the relationship.
Premarital or Newlywed Counseling - Premarital or Newlywed counseling is a place to discuss many things. Finances, household duties, adjusting to living together, etc.
Sexual Issues - Sex can be a time of healing and bonding to bring a couple closer together, or it can be a fraught with anxiety, painful memories, anger, and hurt. Counselors can help navigate these treacherous issues.
Infidelity - Infidelity within a relationship can be tremendously hurtful and damaging, but it does not mean the relationship is over. Counseling provides a space to begin the journey toward healing and restoration.
Blended Families - Blending children from past relationships into a new union has its own specific struggles and difficulties. Parenting differences, the role of the other parent, and the new identity of the family all need to be explored.
Social and Digital Media Issues - Facebook, Twitter, Texting, Sexting, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and other media are increasingly infiltrating our relationships and often having a negative and detrimental impact. Words can be misconstrued and misread when tone of voice and body language are absent. Couples often disagree regarding online relationships and what level of contact is appropriate. Relationship counseling can address technology created concerns and develop mutually agreeable boundaries to help restore trust when hurts have occurred.
Trust Issues - Broken trust can destroy a relationship. Counseling can guide couples through the process of regaining trust, and establish new boundaries to help couples stay on track.
All relationships are difficult in some form or another. There will be disagreement, conflict, and hurt even in the best of times. Relationship counseling can help individuals and couples grow and heal. Like all types of therapy, the lessons learned and behaviors changed will continue to serve each person for much longer than the therapy itself.
It takes work to have a solid and positive relationship. Relationship counseling is worth considering for any couple and can promote beneficial changes for a lifetime.