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Relationship Issues

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A good relationship provides enormous opportunity for enriching our lives.  At the same time, every couple relationship requires work and will bring challenges that must be managed.

Simple, everyday stresses can strain a 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.

Our sense of identity and self-worth rests on the strength of our relationships and often we despair when they fail. Our ways of relating are learned at a young age in the family in which we grew up and we can become stuck in unhealthy and unhelpful habits that restrict our lives.  Under pressure we often revert to familiar patterns. The family scapegoat may find herself quick to accept blame when the pressure builds up at work. The assistant, who was bullied as a child, may find himself drawn to inviting criticism from an overbearing boss.

How Couple Therapy Can Help:

Couples therapy, helps couples - married or not  - understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Couples therapy gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

Couples therapy can be short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis. Or you may need couples therapy for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. As with individual psychotherapy, you typically see a marriage counselor or therapist once a week.

Illness, infidelity, sex, anger, communication problems - all can contribute to distress in marriages or other relationships. Couples therapy can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds.

The couples therapist views the relationship as the “client” – this means that the relationship is the focus of therapy rather than either of the partners.

 

Contact us now in confidence at Arduna @ (01) 833 2733 to discuss making an appointment with one of our therapists who can help you with your relationship problems.

THERAPISTS WHO SPECIALISE IN THIS AREA:
To get more information on an individual therapist please click on name

Audrey O’Cinneide
Betty Maguire
Brendan Murphy
Brigid Coyle
Gail McGuinness
Juliet Smith
Luminita Buzescu
Natalya Price
Peter Caffrey
Theresa Cawley
Trevor Rufli