The biggest challenges we face in life often involve those closest to us. Why? Because when we grow close to someone, we don’t harbor the same reservations that we do with others; we don’t hold back. For example, we might shy away from conversations at work about political views but are more likely to engage when with friends or family. Similarly, if someone close to us does something that we disapprove of—say, something irresponsible—we’ll stop at nothing to voice our concerns and help them make the right decision. In both of these scenarios, we don’t hold back because there is love and respect between both parties.
This helps to explain why we run into conflict (at times, lots of it) with our significant others. There’s love, respect, and comfort in that relationship that we don’t often experience with others. That’s not to say, though, that these conflicts can’t dismantle a relationship between two partners. If a conflict isn’t properly managed, a relationship can come tumbling down, despite the love, respect, and comfort there.
Don’t worry. If you and your significant other are struggling to manage a conflict, a couples therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda is here and ready to help. Our counselors are equipped with the right skills for helping many different couples overcome the problems that plague their relationship. You can get started today. Just give us a call at (240) 513-3093 to schedule an appointment.
Common Relationship Problems
There isn’t a checklist of problems you must check off before seeking out therapy. Instead, you can come to therapy if you think that your relationship could benefit from working with a couples therapist. It’s as simple as that. That said, there are particular instances when couples counseling can prove especially beneficial to a couple. For example, if you and your partner are facing one of the following challenges, you are likely to benefit from talking to a couples therapist:
- Emotional abuse
- Parenting disagreements
- Lack of intimacy
- Different visions for the future
Your therapist will help you and your partner to address the problem at hand, be it jealousy, miscommunication, lack of intimacy, or something else entirely. Don’t be afraid to open up about the challenge(s), the counselors at Thriveworks Bethesda won’t judge you. They know that conflict in relationships is normal and they also know how to help you overcome it.
How Can a Couples Therapist Help?
“What can make a relationship work is surprisingly simple. Happy couples aren’t smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others. But in day-to-day lives, they have hit on a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which ALL couples have) from overwhelming their positive ones.” –John Gottman, PhD
Gottman hit the nail on the head: As he explains above, no relationship is perfect. We get annoyed with our significant others and we don’t agree with everything they do or say, but happy couples learn to not let these negatives overshadow the positives. Your therapist can help you and your partner do this. It does not come innately but takes work. Additionally, your couples therapist can help you…
- Talk about tough, hard-hitting subjects
- Understand why you’ve run into a given problem
- Assess whether the relationship is right for both of you
- Determine what you want and need from each other
- Decide how to resolve the conflict at hand
This is another short list. Your therapist can and will help you in so many different ways. All you have to do is give them a chance. To set up an appointment with a couples therapist, call in today.
Schedule a Couples Therapy Session at Thriveworks Bethesda
Are you hoping to create the happiest, healthiest relationship you’ve ever had? Are there obstacles standing in your way of accomplishing this mission? Reach out to Thriveworks Bethesda today to work with a couples therapist. They have the skills and expertise to help you get there.
To schedule an appointment, all you have to do is call Thriveworks Bethesda at (240) 513-3093. Our scheduling specialists will work hard to find you an appointment with a counselor nearby at your earliest convenience. You can expect to choose from flexible options, including evenings and weekends. We look forward to hearing from you and starting this important work together.