Relationships are central to our well being, they make us feel belonged and are central to our self esteem. In our intimate adult relationships we seek connections but it is here that we often experience the most challenges including the following:
- Money worries.
- Sexual difficulties.
- Health issues.
- Children and teenagers’ problems.
- Life changes and transitions.
- Stressful work.
Coping with these stressful life issues can take their toll on a couples’ relationship in many ways:
- Bickering and arguments.
- Spending time apart.
- Disappointments and loneliness.
- Communication breakdown.
- Lack of intimacy.
- Starting an affair.
- Addictive behaviours – drinking, gambling, drugs, porn, spending.
Moving forward together
Coming for relationship therapy can offer a couple a safe place to share, talk about and explore their difficulties and life issues, together we can work on:
- Understanding each other.
- Better ways of communicating.
- Gaining awareness of individual and partner’s thoughts and feelings.
- Dealing with conflict and restrictive patterns of behaviour.
- Investing in the couple relationship.
- Building a core of friendship together.
- Creating better connection, compassion and intmacy.
I believe it is possible to learn together new, more positive ways to relate and love each other in ways that last and allow the relationship to grow in more healthy ways.