"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." -- John Donne, 1624
Our relationships are the most important and beneficial aspects of our lives. Healthy relationships provide us with psychological nourishment, confidence to grow, to take risks, support when we experience setbacks or disappointments, and the foundation to generally live more satisfying lives.
In fact, there is significant evidence that when our relationship needs are not met, we fall apart mentally and physically. Despite the obvious emotional effects, there are also real effects on the brain and on the body. An increase in stress hormones takes its toll on multiple body systems, and even impairs learning and memory.
How Therapy Can Help
Of course, not all relationships are romantic or sexual in nature. Problem relationships can be familial, platonic, professional, or otherwise, and the quality of all of our different relationships contribute greatly to our personal fulfillment or lack thereof. Psychotherapy gives people a safe space to discuss their relationship issues as much as needed. Most importantly, therapy also provides the support and wisdom of an expert, one who much like a medical doctor, has trained for a lifetime to understand the intricacies of human relationships. A therapist can help you explore how your current relationships are routinely impacted by the imprint of the relationships in your family of origin, past traumas, problematic communication styles, and your underlying beliefs about yourself and others. Therapy can also help you develop criteria for making choices about how to proceed in your relationships, that are congruent with your values and goals.
Common Forms of Relationship Issues & Therapeutic Requests
- Abusive or Destructive Relationship Patterns
- Betrayal / Infidelity
- Chronic Resentment or Guilt
- Conflicting Parenting Styles
- Differences in Race or Religion
- Difficulty or Estrangement in Familial Relationships
- End of Relationship Coping
- Family Discord
- Intimacy Issues (both physical and emotional)
- Jealousy & Trust Issues
- Lack of Close Relationships
- LGBT-Specific Relationship Issues
- Money & Financial Conflicts
- Premarital Counseling, Couples Therapy & Family Therapy
- Sexual Identity Issues
- Workplace Relationships & Difficult with Authority