Bethlehem Relationship Counseling

Counseling for Toxic Relationships in Bethlehem, PA—Counselors and Therapists at Thriveworks Lehigh Valley

Oftentimes, a relationship starts out just fine—everything is new and exciting, and the two individuals absolutely adore each other. But somewhere down the road, things go south. The care, compassion, and love that defined the relationship is silenced as frustration, jealousy, and control take over.

“Toxic relationships not only make us unhappy; they corrupt our attitudes and dispositions in ways that undermine healthier relationships and prevent us from realizing how much better things can be.” –Michael Josephson

To correct an unhealthy relationship, you must first realize and acknowledge that it’s an unhealthy relationship. Oftentimes, this is the most difficult part. People grow comfortable and fail to recognize what’s bad or dysfunctional about their current situation. That said, it’s crucial we do understand what an unhealthy relationship looks like. Because if we stay in a toxic place for too long, it can completely uproot our lives and hurt us in more ways than one.

If you think that your relationship has taken a turn for the worst or is headed in the wrong direction, a counselor or psychologist at Thriveworks Bethlehem in Lehigh can help. Our providers have the training, the expertise, and the experience to assist you—whether you and your partner want to work on improving your relationship or you need help moving forward individually from the troubling experience. Whatever the case, a counselor can help you to heal from your toxic relationship.

Do I Need a Relationship Detox?

As mentioned above, identifying toxicity in a relationship isn’t always easy. That said, there are some tell-tale signs of an unhealthy dynamic. These include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

  • Feeling “on-edge” or anxious
  • Jealousy or distrust
  • Serious overreactions
  • Withdrawal from your loved ones
  • Significant changes in appetite or sleep
  • Immobilization
  • Obsessive behaviors

If the above are present in your relationship, it’s possible that your relationship is headed down a dark path. And if you don’t make the necessary changes soon, you’ll likely experience distress in other areas of your life (if you haven’t already). Oftentimes, individuals in an unhealthy relationship will also suffer at work, school, and/or in other relationships—especially if there is a power differential.

A power differential means there isn’t an equal distribution of power—in relationships, this means that one partner holds power and administers control over the other. When this power differential is present, it’s often more difficult for one to seek help, as he or she is typically led to believe by their partner that they are at fault. This makes understanding red flags—some of which are listed above—especially important.

How Can a Counselor Help?

Here at Thriveworks, we believe that anybody can benefit from working with a skilled and caring mental health professional: such as those who seek treatment for mental disorders, those who’d like some guidance in their career path, and, of course, those who need help in their relationships. In any case, the counselor can help their clients to identify the problem that is causing them harm as well as a solution for managing that problem.

When it comes to toxic relationships specifically, counseling can unfold in a few different ways, depending on:

  • Whether the toxic behavior is one-sided or double-sided
  • If the couple hopes to develop healthier habits and stay together
  • If it’s an individual seeking counseling after leaving a toxic relationship
  • What the end therapy goals are for the client(s)

In any case, the counselors at Thriveworks will dedicate their time and work to helping you determine what’s best for your life moving forward: whether that’s going your separate ways, transforming your relationship for the better, or learning to live a healthier life post-breakup.

Schedule a Session with a Counselor or Psychologist at Thriveworks Bethlehem in Lehigh Valley

Are you in an unhealthy relationship? Are you healing after the split from a toxic partner? Are you looking for Lehigh counseling for your relationship? The counselors at Thriveworks Bethlehem can help. They have a unique skillset to offer, as well as the dedication and compassion that will make for a successful therapy experience. If you’re ready to start this journey and experience the many benefits of working with a mental health professional, schedule an appointment today. Give us a call at 484-241-2848 to book a session.

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Unlocking my potential

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Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
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Christiana is amazing!

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I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
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Stress & Anxiety

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Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
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Camille Mackey

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I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
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Christiana

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Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
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Christiana

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Christiana is calm and patient and she is a great listener. She is very easy to talk to and makes you feel comfortable!
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Counselor

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I have known Brandon Ballantyne for many years. He is one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever met. He certainly has a knack for working with people as a counselor. He brings a positive energy to the table and leaves a lasting impression on the patients he works with. I would highly recommend Brandon’s services to anyone seeking supports.
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Brandon is excellent

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Brandon is a great asset to the mental health field! Speaking as one that also works in medical field, I would recommend Brandon to any clients!
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Accountability

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Christiana helped me realize that I am accountable for my actions, happiness, success and impact on others. She always went the extra step to help me break down my own roadblocks but made me do it on my own. I’m forever grateful for her and her direct but empathetic style.
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Really enjoyed talking with Stan

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Really enjoyed talking with Stan on way to recovery.Also enjoyed connecting with him on other family issues.
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Stan was very professional and thorough

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Stan was very professional and thorough. He explained his role and the standards he would uphold for the public and DOT. He also listened to my point of view during the assessment to better understand my situation and recommend a course of action. He made clear what was expected of me. Stan also went way above and beyond what I would consider part of his job. He was a great help and resource. Thank you
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Marianne Bartos Helped Me

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Marianne Bartos was able to help me with anxiety. I was having panic attacks and she encouraged and taught me to practice breathing techniques and also meditation. These methods were very helpful to me! She is an excellent counselor and I would recommend her highly.
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LPC

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I saw Marianne when I left my husband and she was a GREAT help to me. She helped me with my anxiety, (which was sometimes overwhelming), finances, and depression. Marianne is a welcoming and warm person. I wish her the best of luck in her new venture!
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Stan Theodoredis

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What sets Stan Theodoredis apart from other professionals is his innate sense of compassion. He has a generous spirit that is evident the moment you meet him. If I had to use one word to describe him it would be "kind". I believe these are essential qualities to look for if you are searching for someone to guide you through any of life's challenges.
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Stan Theodoredis

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Stan Theodoredis is a deeply caring and compassionate counselor who shares his insight and experience with generosity. He has a way of being present and listening that is comforting and gives the sense of someone who understands and is willing to make the journey no matter how rough it may be. His genuine warmth and good humor make him a pleasure to know, and are truly remarkable as he skillfully yet honestly travels the emotional, psychological and spiritual issues we all confront in our lives.
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