When a relationship is formed, it requires a number of working parts to work cohesively for it to function. Regardless of the type of relationship, we are bound to face challenges. Simple, everyday stressors can strain an intimate relationship, and major sources of stress may threaten the stability of the relationship. As long as each partner is willing to address the issue at hand and participate in developing a solution, most relationship problems are manageable, but when challenges are left unaddressed, tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health and longevity of the relationship are in jeopardy.
Strain can be placed on a relationship when stressful circumstances affect the individuals. This can lead to resentment, guilt, anger, and secrecy. Chronic relationship conflict or stress also affects one’s mental health, leading to conditions like depression or anxiety. Relationship problems can also negatively affect one’s self-esteem and physical health. These feelings can sometimes lead to addictive behaviors, like substance abuse, to avoid confronting the source of the relationship conflict. Relationship problems can also adversely affect family members, especially children, who suffer if they are put in the middle.
Many people seek relationship counseling when the relationship problems begin to interfere with daily functioning. Each relationship, whether mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister, business partner, etc., decides to enter relationship counseling with their own goals in mind. Numerous therapy approaches have been designed for relationships, and the parties involved can choose which one fits their needs best. Actually, some people address their relationship problems through individual therapy, and then they apply that learning in context with others.
Our trained therapists help individuals and couples set goals for relationships and provide tools to increase successful outcomes. To ensure the best relationship counseling success, each person needs to commit to the relationship and the counseling process, practicing consistently new ways to engage that help create relationship satisfaction.
Every individual will learn to demonstrate honesty, an interest in doing relationship work, and the willingness to accept personal accountability. A few common relationship concerns include financial difficulties, barriers to communication, conflict management, emotional distancing, sexual intimacy issues, and lack of trust and commitment. There are social and familial pressures within many relationships, and it helps to seek relationship counseling to find an outlet for these concerns with no judgment.
Relationship counseling may be the next best thing for you and we can help you decide. Here at Lifeworks, we serve the community of Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and the surrounding cities. Our goal is to help every individual find the missing piece or to put together numerous pieces to achieve relationship success. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today, we are here for you!