Factors of everyday life can put an abundant strain on relationships. 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 effectively on both parts can alleviate emotional anxiety from subjects of all kind.
Partners often seek couples or relationship counseling when the relationship is at a standstill, or if they are unsure whether or not the relationship is worth salvaging. Other folks may consider relationship counselling to navigate introducing non-monogamy (for example, Consensual Non-Monogamy or Polyamory) into their relationship, or to create a strong support system around their relationships to effectively navigate relationships outside of monogamy. Some other folks may approach therapy from a proactive stance and seek to build and grow their connection to protect against external or internal stressors negatively influencing their connection.
Partners may seek relationship counselling to help with:
- Improving communication and conflict resolution skills
- Sex Therapy
- Premarital counselling
- Navigating infidelity
- Consensual non-monogamy/Polyamorous relationships
- Blending families
- Healing intergenerational traumas and wounds
- Themes of parenting
- Separation counselling
Treatment techniques may include the following depending on the therapist:
- Gottman Method
- Narrative Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Positive Psychology
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Analyzing Your Communication
- Getting to the root of the problem
- Enhancing Intimacy
- Individual Counseling
When a relationship is showing signs of addiction, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and/or severe depression, seek guidance from a psychotherapist immediately, for your safety and for the safety of your partner.