The health of our relationships has a direct impact on our well-being. Yet, relationships also frequently present challenges as we navigate our needs and the needs of others.
Individual therapy for relationship concerns can involve a range of concerns and may involve a spouse, dating partner, family members, close friend, co-worker or boss. Common reasons for seeking therapy may include adjustment issues around transitions such as marriage or divorce, parenthood, care-giving for aging parents, roles and expectations, work-life balance and dual-income homeholds as well as concerns such as communication difficulties.
Frequent themes can include the impact of your personal history, personality, values, and approach to problem-solving on your relationships, highlighting strengths and assets you may use to improve your relationships, automatic negative thoughts or appraisals, such as mind-reading, that often contribute to misunderstanding and hurt in relationships, establishing healthy boundaries, acceptance of what cannot be changed, and strategies for moving forward with the kind of relationship you most desire. Although not couples counseling, individual therapy for relationship concerns may involve inviting your partner or other significant person into a session if it is determined that this would be helpful or necessary to make progress towards your goals.
We are experienced in working with relationship concerns and specialize in a number of effective approaches in this area, including Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Adlerian therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based approaches and DBT skills.