Every relationship faces its own unique set of challenges and requires a lot of work to survive. Relationship problems can occur within the relationship (communication) or outside of it (work stress) and still have a significant impact on each individual. Simple, everyday frustrations and disagreements can build up and leave one feeling resentful, misunderstood, and questioning the relationship. Rather than letting the issues fester, it is important to confront them and communicate them to your partner. Attending individual counseling for relationship issues provides you with an empathic and supportive environment that helps you gain insight into your communication and behaviors.

Examples of Relationship Problems:

Below are a few common relationship problems that may benefit from relationship counseling.

  • Infidelity
  • Communication issues
  • Birth of a child
  • Parenting
  • Trust
  • Long-distance relationships
  • Money and finances
  • Marriage
  • Work-related stress
  • Verbal and emotional abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Family and in-laws
  • Living together
  • Lack of intimacy/ sex issues

How Relationship Therapy Can Help You Individually

While attending counseling together as a couple is ideal, individual counseling can be beneficial as well. Individual counseling gives you the space and opportunity to be heard, understood, self-reflective, and challenged. Engaging in self-reflection and examination is necessary to ensure the same behaviors and patterns are not repeated in this relationships or any relationship in the future. Below are a few common strategies and goals relationship therapists use in individual counseling to help people with whatever relationship issues may be affecting their mental health and well-being.

  • Validation
  • Build empathy and respect
  • Improve communication skills
  • Identify patterns and make connections
  • Gain insight into behaviors and patterns
  • Reframe thoughts
  • Self-reflection and exploration
  • Become familiar with openness and vulnerability
  • Address any mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, self-esteem work, etc.)

It takes hard work and dedication to make a relationship work. If you are currently struggling with some of these relationship issues and would like some guidance, it may be useful to connect with a therapist. To learn more about relationship counseling, contact Symmetry Counseling today!