“Should I stay or go”
Differing parenting styles
Interpersonal difficulties at work / elsewhere
Recurring problems with friends
RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING FOR ONE
I provide counseling for individuals who struggle in any of their relationships whether it be with their significant other, family members, in-laws, friends, neighbours, or their boss. I usually refer couples to a couple's therapist if they are willing to work together, but many issues that manifest in an intimate relationship in an unhelpful way can be treated in individual therapy also, even if only one of you wishes to self improve. Sometimes we feel unsatisfied in our relationships with family, friends and significant others and it can be confusing how we should proceed to solve the problems. Perhaps your family is in conflict and you would like to make changes in how you react or learn to set some boundaries that would make the relationship better for you. Individual therapy for relationship problems can help you to gain perspective, explore why certain things are triggers for you and make way for experiencing social interactions in a new way.
WHAT IF MY PARTNER WON’T ATTEND?
Often times, one partner will want to get help for the relationship by going into counseling while the other may say they are not interested in going to therapy or they don’t believe in therapy. This can be very discouraging if you are the partner who wants active outside help. You may find it beneficial to go to individual therapy as working on yourself can drastically improve the relationship for both of you. Changes you make within yourself can go a long way to improving things between you and may even encourage your partner to join you later on.
I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
How can therapy for relationship problems help?
It is helpful to identify patterns of behavior that recur in a difficult interpersonal relationship and seek to understand the implications they have for the quality of the relationship for both of you. In therapy, you can learn to identify common causes of conflict and create ways to change them. You will learn e.g. how to express your feelings and needs without causing a withdrawal or other unwanted reaction in the other person. New acquired skills will help you feel safer and more stable in your relationships.