Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating.

Whether or not you’re experiencing a mental disorder, relationship problems are common. We cannot get through life without relationships and we suffer when we lack them or they are unhealthy. People who are isolated are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. In turn, people who suffer from mental health disorders often experience more problems in their relationships.

Relationship problems may involve a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, roommate, co-worker or even a neighbor. Common situations that might trigger problems are life transitions such as becoming new parents, divorce, work situations and sibling rivalry. The quality of our relationships can impact every aspect of our lives, our own sense of self, and how we view the world. Not having quality relationships is a great source of stress and feelings of vulnerability and hopelessness abound. Problems with relationships often involve our sense of trust, intimacy, security and hope.

Everybody can benefit from improving their relationships. Depending on your unique characteristics and circumstances, gaining insight and acquiring healthy skills and patterns can create meaningful, long-term improvements in how you manage your relationships, ultimately transforming every aspect of your life.

Dr. Michelle is an approved member of the Gottman Relationship Checkup. Please call today to find out more about how these services can benefit you and your relationship.