Relationship Issues

Relational distress can occur with family, partners, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Our past experiences, expectations, needs, and attachment styles can teach us how to have "better" relationships as well as show us places we can grow. From deep-rooted family conflict to everyday miscommunication, individual relational therapy can grow skills and insight into the inner-workings of relationships.

Need help finding the right therapist?
Find Your Match

Meet the specialists


Together, we will create a safe space for you to communicate in a way that enhances understanding, deepens emotional intimacy, and helps you break out of negative patterns of interaction. We will draw from science-backed methods that use 50 years of research on relationships and communication.

— Maggie Dungan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

On of my favorite and most effective methods in couples counseling is the Gottman Method; this method covers about nine components of a program called the Sound Relationship House. The therapeutic process entails each partner making a mental map of each other’s world and learning how to break through gridlock.

— Rosabel Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Miami, FL

My hope is to understand what is contributing to the relational issues at hand. I've gained experience meeting with couples in private practice and community mental health. Relationships are a reality of life and my desire is for you to experience more satisfaction and enjoyment with others in your life. I have been trained in the Gottman Couples Therapy approach and apply it to our sessions.

— Karen Maloney, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Relationship issues are common. It's not easy to build a life with that someone (or someones) you care about. When it comes to navigating these relationship issues, I look for patterns, anomalies, narratives, and your interpretations of relationship dynamics. Over time, we can learn how to adjust our actions, recognize problems in real-time, recognize our own resistances to change, and practice adaptive behaviors that will serve you for a lifetime.

— Kirk Pineda Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Relationship issues are a common source of stress that can manifest in many forms such as poor communication, trust issues, feeling distant, or disconnected. I will guide you through effective communication strategies that will help you to rebuild trust, and foster emotional intimacy with others.

— Alexa Golding, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have recently completed The Gottman Method of couples therapy and believe in the science behind it. I have also been married for 30 plus years and done the work myself. Life transitions can be hard on couples, and I can help you to improve your communication so that both your needs are met through these tough times.

— Tracy Sondern, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My extensive experience and deep understanding of the complexities inherent in different types of relationships allow me to provide targeted, effective guidance to my clients. I am skilled in creating a non-judgmental and supportive therapeutic environment, helping my clients to explore, understand, and address their relationship challenges effectively.

— Sherol Ziegenbein, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

Many of my clients are interested in more deeply understanding their relationship struggles and interpersonal patterns, whether with partners, friends, family, or coworkers. This often includes helping clients who yearn to increase their sense of meaningful connection with others.

— Solara Calderon, Clinical Psychologist in Encinitas, CA

As psychotherapist Esther Perel has written, “the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives”. The relationships we have with our friends, family members, romantic partners, colleagues and community play a significant role in our daily experience. Therapy offers a unique opportunity to discuss your relationship challenges in a safe and objective space.

— Megan Wessler, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Friendships, family relationships, and intimate relationships can be tough to navigate!

— Lauren Timkovich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas, Colorado, and Florida (telehealth only),

Social connection is a core human need. Despite their importance, however, interpersonal relationships can be difficult. Experiencing difficulty in relationships not only can be painful in-and-of-itself but can also contribute to other physical and psychological health problems, such as depression. The good news is that there are options for working on your relationships, and as your relationships improve, you will likely start to feel better!

— Brett Swords, Psychologist in Ellicott City, MD

Struggling with communication or trust issues in your relationship? Feeling distant or disconnected? Relationship therapy offers a safe space to address these concerns. I will guide you through effective communication strategies, rebuilding trust, and fostering emotional intimacy. Through evidence-based theories like the Gottman Method, Imago, and discernment, you'll learn tools to enhance understanding, navigate conflicts, and improve connection.

— Amaia Oiz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

You feel challenged by relationships. You want to improve the relationship you have with yourself and your relationships with others– a romantic partner, people you’re dating, family members, friends, coworkers. We exist in a relational matrix that can be complex and difficult to navigate. You need a safe, confidential space to talk about all of it.

— Julia Lehrman, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

Relationship Issues often manifest in various forms, from communication breakdowns to loss of intimacy and even the heart-wrenching experience of infidelity. When trust is shattered by affairs, it prompts profound pain and myriad questions, including the haunting "why?". As your therapist, I am here to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to explore these challenges. Together, we can delve deep into understanding the reasons behind straying and finding a path forward.

— Danna Blumenau, Student Therapist in Frisco, TX

Do you sometimes wonder if 'you are on the same team' as your partner? Partners generally want the relationship to be healthy for both parties, but occasionally find themselves acting as adversaries. Do you: -Trust in one another -Respect each other -Are you able to openly communicate about your feelings, hopes, and fears -Do you feel and express fondness and affection -Is there equality and fairness in your relationship Are you willing to commit to work to identify and overcome barriers?

— Kevin W. Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

I am an expert on narcissistic abuse and have published resources on this issue designed to help you recognize gaslighting and manipulation, and assist you in setting boundaries. Additionally, I provide support and strategies for those dealing with the aftermath of infidelity, helping them navigate complex emotions and rebuild trust. My goal is to empower individuals to strengthen their sense of self-worth and create healthier and more fulfilling relationships.

— Susan Spicer, Psychologist in Houghton Lake, MI