Is Happiness Possible?
RELATIONSHIPS AND COUPLES' CONCERNS
We all desire closeness and intimacy. There are few things as nourishing as a loving relationship and few things as painful as a relationship wrought with conflict and animosity. Satisfying relationships require effective communication, respect, mutuality, and consideration.
Relationship skills are learned. Some people are fortunate enough to learn some of these skills in their families of origin, the rest learn later in life. A psychotherapist can be a real asset in helping to acquire important skills in communication, authentic and secure connection, and emotional intelligence.
Couples with a wide range of problems and who are at different relationship stages and phases benefit from therapy. I respect all cultures, sexual orientations, faiths, arrangements, and traditions.
Are these areas of concern for you? Such as:
• Problems in communication
• Conflict resolution
• Expressing emotions openly
• Closeness, intimacy, and commitment
• Trust issues
• Decisions about whether to marry or divorce
• Financial issues
• Blended family issues
Couples therapy has helped many relationships come back from the brink. And even if you and your partner do decide to split, couples’ therapy can help you have a "healthier" breakup.
Some questions you might ask yourselves…
• Have you been spending more and more time apart?
• Have your beliefs become vastly different?
• Do you feel more relaxed and "yourself" when your partner is not around?
• Have you and your partner stopped talking, except for everyday things, like "Pass the butter?"
• Are you rarely intimate anymore, if ever?
• Did you used to have "discussions" and now you only have arguments?
• Do you have open contempt for each other?
Therapy is an important component in relationship transition, don't try to do it alone, be brave and reach out for help.