Often individuals have problems forming the relationships they want to with friends and partners.
Our trained counselors can help individuals overcome relationship issues and form stronger, more satisfying relationships with family, friends and partners.
Understanding what’s causing relationship issues
Sometimes people notice that a pattern starts to emerge and that the same problems keep cropping up in a series of relationships. If these patterns cause distress, it can be helpful to look at what might be generating them and keeping them going.
For example, someone with low levels of self-esteem might feel an internal pressure to tolerate abusive behaviour in a partner because they don’t believe they deserve better. Alternatively, a fear of getting too close to someone can stop relationships developing or cause them to stay relatively superficial and unfulfilling.
When it comes to relationships, we may feel stuck in dissatisfying patterns that leave us unfulfilled. Our problems with relationships may cause us to feel confusion, loneliness, despair, inadequacy and/or depression.
If you have noticed that you been having some of the following experiences, then relating therapy can help:
- Feeling misunderstood or disconnected from your family and close friends or having them tell you they feel distant or pushed away
- Having difficulty communicating
- Problems with self-assertion and setting limits
- Frequently attracting the same type of partner
- Acting against one’s best interest for the sake of a relationship
- Unresolved relationship problems from the past (e.g. chronic anger towards a parent or former intimate partner)
- Feeling distant from your spouse/partner even if you initially felt very close
- Feeling like a stranger in your own home
- Feeling emotionally distant or numb or avoiding closeness with others or showing affection to your partner
- Withdrawing from participation in social activities
- Feeling lonely
- Believing that you’re a burden to others
- Acting or feeling angry or aggressive toward others in your life
- Not being able to overcome hurt, anger, or mistrust in your relationship
- Having difficulties in making a long-term commitment
- Withdrawing from making plans or returning people’s calls
- Not being able to confide in others
- Losing patience with family members, including children
- Difficulties with intimacy and trust
- Loneliness and isolation
- Poor self-esteem
- Ongoing relationship problem with a significant other (e.g. friend, parent, romantic partner, etc.)
- Even individuals who have significant success in their careers or other pursuits may struggle with their romantic partner or a family member, coworker or friend.
Through our work together in counseling, you can learn how to:
- Understand what you really want and need from a relationship
- Communicate more effectively & learn to co-create positive patterns
- Let go of the past, forgive and grow into something new
- Feeling invested and committed with your partner, friends and or family
- Communicate with clarity and honesty
- Work through disagreements or differences to turn disagreements into opportunities for growth
- Shift the patterns that keep you from finding true affection, closeness and intimacy
- Become assertive and get your needs met