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.

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Integrating all of my cross-cultural life experiences has equipped me to help others navigate various relationship issues. I will help you explore unspoken/unidentified layers to your relationship dynamics.

— Anthony Sung, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Prairie Village, KS

Relationships bring out the best and the worst in us. In order to understand ourselves and our partner in the context of our relationships, it's essential that we are able to recognize the patterns that contibute to any disconnectedness, disagreements, hurt or betrayals that occur. I use a variety of well-versed approaches to assist my couples in healing their relationship and themselves from the inside out.

— Hannah Brooks, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

Relationships are complicated. Talking things through can help to sort out some of the feelings and feel more in control.

— Heidi Ross, Psychotherapist

Love relationships hold the potential for immense joy and profound challenges. We yearn for a connection with someone who cherishes and loves us, fostering friendship, trust, communication, respect, and intimacy. While there are a variety of issues that can lead to relationship distress, there are also numerous paths you can take to rebuild trust, rediscover love, and reignite intimacy. The next steps involve healing from past wounds, harnessing your strengths, and building a new path forward.

— Tammy 'Kaia' Bruski, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO
 

I work with individuals across the gender and sexuality spectrum who are struggling with relationship concerns. Common focus points include self-esteem, emotional vulnerability, assertiveness, recognizing and communicating needs, intimacy, approach/avoidance conflicts, attachment and codependency.

— Sam Macy, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

As a seasoned Couples Counselor, Marriage therapist, and pre-marital therapist, I am grateful to have been able to help couples successfully build new stories for their present and future. It is a privilege to assist people from various backgrounds, cultures, and histories to work together toward collaborative change. I am a passionate narrative therapist, but I have 15 years of teaching Couples Counseling to graduates, drawing on other models such as Attachment Theory and EFT.

— Lucy Cotter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I help couples improve their communication skills, identify unhelpful patterns where you both get stuck so you can start to restore your relationship. I work with couples who are looking to realign their relationship to their core values. so you can start to make sustainable changes so you can fight less and find more joy and love.

— Kristin Miyoko Papa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA

No matter your relationship structure or the kind of love you share, relational therapy is a space for two people to intentionally reshape their relationship through feeling emotion, expressing emotion, and attuning to emotion. In relational therapy, we work toward equity, shared values, shared understanding, and genuine connection based on trust and safety.

— Nic Sutherland, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Our relationship expectations are shaped by diverse influences—family, friends, media, and past experiences—driving our actions and feelings. Unmet expectations breed frustration and resentment. Exploring their roots helps forge a realistic, satisfying relationship vision. Let's journey towards fulfillment, together! #ElevateYourRelationships

— Dr. Nichole Vincent, Clinical Psychologist

My work with relationship issues is rooted in fostering communication, empathy, and understanding. I provide a supportive space for individuals and couples to explore patterns that hinder connection, offering strategies for conflict resolution and emotional intimacy. Whether navigating marital challenges, family dynamics, or personal relationships, my approach emphasizes building stronger, healthier connections that support mutual growth and satisfaction.

— Michele Ramey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Las Vegas, NV
 

I have experience working with individuals who have experienced relationship distress or struggle, which may include relationships with themselves, partners, family, peers, etc.

— Meli Leilani Devencenzi, Psychologist in Cedar City, UT

Relationships take work and effort. At times relationships can feel effortless and that this signifies our compatibility and at other times relationships take work and it is natural to question if things should be this hard if a relationship is meant to be. As a therapist I see relationships as a dynamic created between two (or more) people and when a relationship is struggling the work is how to address this dynamic and our response to it.

— Dan Schmitt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Eugene, OR
 

Therapy for relationship issues involves guiding couples or individuals to explore underlying dynamics, communication patterns, and emotional needs within the relationship. Through empathetic listening and carefully considered interventions, therapy aims to enhance understanding, resolve conflicts, rebuild trust, and cultivate healthier communication and intimacy, ultimately fostering stronger and more fulfilling relationships.

— Thomas Wood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayside, WI

I use CBT, Brief Solution Focus Therapy, and acceptance therapy to address relationship issues by helping clients identify and change unhelpful patterns and behaviors. By enhancing communication skills, promoting understanding, and fostering acceptance, I guide individuals and couples toward healthier, more fulfilling relationships. My approach is tailored to address specific dynamics and challenges, supporting clients in building stronger, more resilient connections.

— Pablo Lo Giudice, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

I provide online individual therapy to support you in having the relationship you deserve. I utilize The Gottman Method, EFT, and evidenced-based approaches to support you in bringing peace and enjoyment back to your life and relationships.

— Stefan Paquet, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Effective communication is essential for healthy relationships, and I help couples develop and refine their communication skills. I teach couples active listening techniques, assertiveness skills, and strategies for expressing thoughts and feelings in a constructive manner. By improving communication, couples can better understand each other's perspectives, resolve conflicts more effectively, and strengthen their emotional connection.

— Allen Shamon, Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA
 

Relationships are essential to survival, a sense of self, and vitality. They can bring joy, love, nurturing and vibrancy. They can also bring pain, loss, sorrow and grief. Whether it’s romantic partners, family members, friends or colleagues, how we relate to others matters. Through observation, insight and via real-time in session, we’ll notice your experience in connection with others, identify your values and boundaries, reframe limiting beliefs, and cultivate safe, fulfilling relationships.

— Jackie Lalanne, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I have extensive experience working with interpersonal distress, and often conceptualize distress through the lens of disconnection.

— Dr. John Monopoli, Clinical Psychologist