Relationships

by Christine Hassell on September 3, 2016

RelationshipsRelationships can be difficult, and still worth saving. Simple, everyday stressors can strain an intimate relationship, and major life changes may wear away at the intimacy between partners. As long as each person is willing to give genuine attention to the issues at play and make a contribution to a mutual solution, most relationship difficulties can be resolved. But, when challenges are avoided or needs unacknowledged, tension and patterns that no longer serve the relationship can prevail.

Some Basic Issues Often Resolved With Therapy For Relationships

  • The Impact of Day to Day Stress
  • Psychological Issues Associated with Relationship Conflict
  • Physical, Mental, and Emotional Abuse
  • Life Changing Events
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communication Issues
  • Infidelity
  • Financial Stress
  • Addictive Behaviors


  • Ongoing relationship conflict or stress can contribute to mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety, for one or both partners. Relationship problems can also negatively affect self-esteem as well as physical health.

    Substance abuse and addictive behaviors can manifest with one or both partners in an effort to lessen the pain. Relationship problems can affect family members, too. And, with respect to children, who may repeatedly witness relationship conflict between their parents, eating disorders, more addictions or even self-harming behaviors may likely result.

    For relationship counseling to significantly help a relationship, each partner needs to commit, at a minimum, to the relationship counseling for the time it continues. Each partner should demonstrate honesty, an interest in doing relationship work, and a willingness to accept personal accountability.

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