Written by Laurie Brotherstone
When we reflect on our lives and what is really important to us, it is often the relationships with our loved ones that we identify as the most important thing in our lives. However, we can have an expectation that because we love someone the relationship should just work.
This relates not just to our partners but also friends and family members.
All relationships go through some difficult times and sometimes when problems arise we can be overwhelmed by the challenges they present. Often we hold onto resentments, the same old arguments occur, with the same frustrating outcomes, and both people can feel hurt, alienated, and stuck.
Yet many problems can be resolved by learning more about relationships, understanding the unhealthy dynamics that may have developed, learning more effective ways to resolve issues, and starting to increase the things that we know help to nurture and develop healthy and happy relationships.
Whether it is a couple coming for relationship counselling, or an individual seeking to understand themselves or others better, engaging in counselling with a psychologist can help your relationships.
Laurie Brotherstone has many years of experience as a counsellor and psychologists and understands that relationships are such an important part of our lives. She can help individuals clarify your thoughts and feelings help you to understand yourself and your reactions to others, explore your expectation of relationships, break unhealthy patterns, and help you to develop new skills that we know have a positive effect on relationships. When couples engage in counselling together it helps them reduce the behaviours that may be eroding their relationship and gives them skills and understanding to enrich their lives together.
Actively keep your love alive by valuing and nurturing your relationship in the following ways.