As humans, almost everything in our lives revolves around our relationships with other people. The relationship you have with your spouse or significant other is undoubtedly the most important relationship you have, and yet, it’s often the one that you struggle with the most. Factors of everyday life can put an abundant strain on a relationship. Severe stressors may include resentment, infidelity, intimacy issues, lack of trust, and miscommunication. When problems go unresolved, or a partner is suffering from mental illness or health complications, one can feel helpless or have feelings of guilt or shame. Communicating on a deeper level can effectively on both parts can alleviate emotional anxiety from subjects of all kind.
In relationships, couples often complain that they just don’t feel as though they’re being heard or understood. They may be mis-communicating what they really want to say, or they may just not understand the right ways to convey what they’re thinking to their spouses. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on negative communication patterns and adult attachment. Couples often seek couples or marriage counseling when the relationship is at a standstill, or if they are unsure whether or not the relationship is worth salvaging. It’s possible to address the root issues that are causing the strife in your marriage or relationship and get healing.
When a relationship is showing signs of addiction, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and/or severe depression, seek guidance from a counselor immediately, for your safety and your partner.