Relationship Issues

Relationships play a central role in all aspects of our lives and they are unique from person to person. They can influence our sense of wellbeing and how we see ourselves in the world.


Relationships are complex and though they can bring much richness and enjoyment, the pressures of life can place a huge amount of stress on us which can impact on how we relate to those around us and how those around us relate to us.


The types of relationships and problems that can arise vary from person to person, for instance, you may be finding it difficult to resolve an issue with colleagues or your boss. It may be that you are struggling to relate to your children or finding it difficult to communicate with your partner. Often, such issues can leave us feeling rejected, disappointed, lonely and angry.


Some types of relationship issues include:


  • Jealousy
  • Poor communication
  • Problematic friendships
  • Sexual problems
  • Disagreements and arguments
  • Imbalances in power
  • Adultery
  • Splitting up
  • Finding a partner
  • Making friends
  • Difficult working relationships
  • Step families
  • Family disputes


If you feel you are having difficulties relating to others or perhaps you are struggling to communicate with those around you, relationship counselling might be beneficial for you.


How can relationship counselling help?


For many years, relationship therapy has helped many people with their difficulties in the form of couple counselling, a type of therapy where both parties attempt to resolve their problems with the help of a therapist. This kind of therapy allows a safe space for the couple to communicate effectively, allowing for expression of feelings and thoughts in a controlled and non-judgemental way. It allows an opportunity for each person to identify the problems within their relationship and discuss them openly and honestly with the view to finding a resolution.


People often believe that people only seek counselling for relationship problems within an intimate or sexual partnership. However, Relationship counselling is also helpful to those who are experiencing relationship problems with their friends, family or work colleagues.


People also come to relationship counselling on an individual basis, this helps to identify the issues you may have relating to people or the difficulties forming meaningful and fulfilling relationships.


Counselling will help you identify any intimacy issues you might be having or problematic relationship patterns you may not be aware of. Counselling can lead you to develop a greater understanding of yourself and the changes that may be needed in your relationships.


Counselling may also explore how you communicate with others and may look at how you can improve your communications to create healthier ways of relating and resolving issues with others.