Friction and frustration are part and parcel of any couple’s relationship. Unexpected life circumstances can strain the relationship. What was once free-and-easy communication becomes laden with stress and resentment; small disagreements turn into heated fights or silent withdrawals; and feelings of not being appreciated or rejection escalate into reactive behaviors. Once these cycles develop, they become difficult to ignore. Instead of plodding along, it takes courage to attend to what is no longer working in your relationship so that you and your partner can have what you both deserve.
In your relationship, are you or your partner:
Feeling alone, anxious and distant?
Sharing less and disagreeing more?
Coping with a betrayal or an affair?
Living like roommates?
Arguing about kids, money, sex, in-laws and responsibilities?
Being ruled by legacies of the past?
Feeling hurt, resentful, angry, confused, resigned or guilty?
Wondering if you want to live this way for the rest of your life?
Working together, you and your partner can:
Learn how to accept differences just for what they are
Communicate your feelings and needs caringly, respectfully and openly
Recover from betrayals and wounds
Support each other through life’s trials and tribulations
Bring out the best in each other and develop relationship safety
Bring laughter, playfulness and joy into your relationship
In our work together, we can unpack the cycle of arguments, feelings and behaviors by attending to the underlying misunderstandings, misattunements and protective behaviors that develop over time. We can then have reparative conversations that come from a deeper truer self. In this way you can heal old wounds and regain marital good will and resilience. This opens the door to true intimacy.
We all know that our own marriages are largely influenced by those with which we grew up, but what we tend to forget is how our own children are being influenced by the marriage they are witnessing.” – Judith Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW
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