Marriage and Relationship Concerns
All relationships come with their own unique challenges. We all have to navigate bumps in the road – some big, some small. Stressors of life such as work demands, financial strain, extended family dynamics, and parenting (particularly blended families) can be especially challenging. Relationship issues can worsen without productive communication, effective negotiation and a willingness to work together to find solutions.
Marriage and relationship issues
- Religious and faith related issues
- Unhealthy approaches to communication and/or lack of communication
- Sexual dysfunction and/or sexual problems related to physical & psychological needs
- Trust issues, infidelity, or other betrayals
- Financial issues
- Extended family issues (in-laws)
- Problems related to children and parenting
- Separation or divorce
- Mixed or blended family issues
- Cultural Issues
When is it time to get help?
Generally, the sooner you seek help for any marriage or relationship concerns, the better. Unhealthy patterns of communication or behaviour get harder to re-set the longer they’ve been established. Although some go away, many problems tend to get bigger with time – so the sooner you get support and direction, the easier it is to solve those problems. If you and/or your partner are feeling unfulfilled, trapped, unheard, lonely, neglected, considering an affair or if you simply want to have a healthier relationship – please connect with one of our specially trained therapists.
Marriage and relationship concerns treatment methods
There are several treatment methods that are effective in helping couples overcome problems and improve the quality of their relationship. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all therapy for couples just as no two couples are alike – so your therapist will talk with you to determine the best treatment method. These may include:
- Gottman relationship check up is a questionnaire is composed of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust, as well as parenting, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more. It’s designed as a tool for use by the therapists at Insight Psychological in a therapeutic setting.
- Gottman couples therapy believes that couples need to be able to work on becoming better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future. The foundation of Gottman couples therapy is based on Dr. John and Julie Gottman’s 40+ years of clinical experience and research that is based on interventions and exercises that are structured, goal-oriented and scientifically based.
- Emotionally focused therapy is based on observations and experience. It looks at emotions and emotional intelligence, which helps support stronger and more secure relationships by helping better understand how our actions impact others, and how our emotions drive our interactions.
- Crucible approach therapy. Crucible® Therapy or the Crucible Approach is an integrated therapeutic approach that started out as an integrated treatment for sex, intimacy, and relationship problems. With couples, the therapist will ultimately push them outside of their comfort zone and develop new comfort zones by becoming more emotionally mature.
What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?
If you are committed to improving your relationship, we can help you make your relationship the best it can be! You can learn better and effective ways to communicate, break old habits and patterns, and rediscover your partner to feel excited and optimistic again. Note: If you are the only one who is interested in attending therapy (which is not uncommon), you can attend sessions alone and still see benefit. “Individual for couples” work affects change just like effective parenting training does not require the children to be present to make effective change. You may also feel better overall, and your partner may be inspired by your self- improvement, growth, and development.