Relationship Issues/Couples Therapy – Chronic relationship conflict or stress can contribute to mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, for one or both partners. Relationship problems can also affect one’s self-esteem which may lead to feelings of guilt, shame, or anger. Issues of power and control may result in emotional and physical abuse. Poor communication, infidelity, unresolved emotional pain and difference in parenting views can lead couples to question whether they want to remain in a relationship.
Relationship Issues/Couples Therapy
When two individuals are in a relationship, they bring unknowingly their past relationship baggage and their parents’ baggage in their current relationship. Oftentimes, there are assumptions and unidentified rules that serve as the barometer for how one behaves. In couples’ therapy, we teach healthy communication skills, identifying the unhealthy dance the couple engages in and repair their attachment to each other.
Here are some warning signs that your relationship may be in trouble.
1. Inflexibility or repeated unwillingness to compromise on decisions,
2. Selfishness or self-involvement with your own feelings and needs,
3. Meddling by parents.
4. All forms of abuse, emotional, verbal, physical, financial, and other controlling behaviors.
5. A pattern of withholding communication, affection, or sex.
6. Poor communication – arguments or problems that don’t get resolved.
7. Emotional and/or physical infidelity or sexual addiction
8. Substance abuse
9. Violation of personal boundaries
10. Four horsemen: contempt, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling