A crisis in a marriage or other relationship is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. You may feel angry, alone and afraid, worried about the breakdown of your relationship. You want to stop the cycle of dissatisfaction, blame, fighting or distancing but don’t know how.
You may find yourself having emotional outbursts that you regret or keeping emotions bottled up. Counseling is a safe place to express your feelings, gain perspective, and learn new skills for dealing with emotions in a healthy way.
Sometimes relationship problems bring you to therapy but individual therapy is the best approach. What are some reasons?
- Your marriage is in trouble but your spouse/partner won’t consider counseling.
- You feel dominated or unsafe with your spouse/partner, especially when you try to discuss sensitive issues.
- You are in relationship with an alcoholic, drug abuser or other addict.
Therapy works best with the family member who is most willing to change – and that may be you. In relationship therapy you learn the following:
- How to change your part in ingrained patterns of conflict
- How to practice better communication skills
- How to set healthy boundaries
- How to handle emotions without engaging in hurtful behavior
- Beginning to forgive your partner (and yourself) for old wounds
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