Factors of everyday life can put an abundant strain on a relationship. Severe stressors may include resentment, infidelity, intimacy issues, lack of trust, and miscommunication. When problems go unresolved, or a partner is suffering from mental illness or health complications, one can feel helpless or have feelings of guilt or shame. Communicating effectively on both parts can alleviate emotional anxiety from subjects of all kinds.
Couples often seek couples or marriage counseling when the relationship is at a standstill, or if they are unsure whether or not the relationship is worth salvaging. This type of therapy can benefit families with children who have been affected by relationship issues such as divorce by reducing conflict and enhancing co-parenting techniques.
I offer couples counseling from an Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) perspective for various types of relationships, including open and polyamorous relationships.
Contraindications for Emotionally-Focused Therapy include ongoing/active emotional, sexual, psychological, or physical abuse, untreated/active severe mental illness, and/or active addiction.
When a relationship is showing signs of addiction, abuse, and/or severe depression, seek professional guidance immediately, for your safety and your partner. Other steps may need to occur prior to engaging in EFT.