Relationship issues

“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”
-Erik Erikson

Relationships counselling is often viewed as only a “couples thing.” But this is a service suited to handle different relationships such as friendships, work relationships, family relationships, not limited to romantic relationships. Relationship counselling benefits touch on three key areas of any relationship;
these are: –

Improve communication

Revitalise emotional connection

Re-negotiate commitments

In most cases, people consider counselling when they realize there are some notable troubles in their relationship. It may be that the issues may be significant or not so much so; however, things tend to worsen when the issues are left unaddressed or unattended culminating in a severe crisis that may break the bonds between two or more people in the relationship. The decision to go for counselling can arise early if one of either party in the relationship is aware of the problems affecting their relationship at an early stage. The decision is often after trying to resolve the issues on their own and failing. Thus a counsellor becomes the most relevant solution to prevent a dissolution of the relationship. No relationship is without sad or difficult moments, and it may be that some of the problems were overtly present right from the start. However, the problems only seem to be surfacing after a long time of being together. Regardless of the severity of the issues their relationship faces it is helpful to address differences early and aim for a compromise.

What Is Relationship Counselling?

Some of the issues causing a rift in the relationship may be minor, and other may be of a chronic nature. The problems may range from financial matters and constant disagreements (fighting) to differences in sexual desire and infidelity. However, some couples may consider counselling to help them understand each other better so as to make better decisions that foster a long-term commitment.

More often than not, conflicts and misunderstandings in a relationship often occur during the development phase when their relationship is experiencing contraction and expansion. It is during this phase that they try to understand and relate to each other while trying to conform to the shifts and changes.

To understand relationship counselling benefits, all parties in the relationship should first understand what counselling is and why each person should attend. The counselling is done in the presence of and under the guidance of a professional counsellor, therapist, or psychologist. The primary focus is to help each person under the issues they face and how to find suitable solutions thus eliminating the distress in the relationship and promoting a fulfilling future.

Relationship counselling is often the best option for couples, families, colleagues, or friends who are facing difficulties. If your partner is not willing to attend it can still be worthwhile that one person attend individually to try and move things in a better direction. The counsellor is trained to offer professional help and advice to people seeking to save their relationship.