Treating Relationship Issues

Relationship issues often arise in long-standing marriages and partnerships, as well for those who are newly coupled and for those seeking a new relationship.

Among the many strains on a relationship are intimacy issues, problems communicating, perceived power differentials, and discrepancies in goals and values.

Many similar kinds of relationship issues can occur between parents and children, coworkers and business associates, as well.

Often relationship issues arise because of what has been learned in one’s family of origin about how to manage problematic situations. But frequently old strategies that were effective in this early family context may not serve well in later relationships. Working with a skilled therapist can help determine the nature of current difficulties, clarify the ways in which they relate to old learnings, and identify more effective ways of navigating future relationships.