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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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

Hey there.... do you have conflict with people? Are you sensitive to what they say and do? You are not alone! You probably have codependency issues from childhood programming, and we can totally work with that! Our services will help you develop a solid sense of yourself that is not easily swayed by anyone else. Your new confidence will attract the right kind of people to you. This will minimize conflict and enhance satisfaction and joyful experiences in your interactions with others.

— Kara Jean Brei, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Phoenix, AZ

We will create a safe space to share your experience and create greater understanding and trust. I use cutting-edge and science-backed approaches that draw from 50 years of research to help you improve communication with your partner or loved ones. You will break patterns of conflict and develop greater emotional intimacy.

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

I have many years of experience and training in working with couples and those with multiple partners. I find that those I work with go on to experience harmony, satisfaction and even excitement in their lives.

— Bridget Lovejoy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

How we feel about the relationships in our lives are so interconnected to our overall life satisfaction, which is why I feel like it's so important that we understand our relationship history, patterns, and how these relationships have (and continue to) impact us. We'll dig into relationships with our families of origin, romantic partnerships and friendships and identify any sources of trauma and how these affect our behaviors, while also improving boundary setting and communication skills.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wayzata, MN

I am trained in effective couples therapy and family therapy methods, including Gottman Method Therapy, which uses 50 years of research on relationships and communication to help you communicte in ways that bring you closer together rather than further apart. I use couples therapy and family counseling to resolve unproductive communication patterns, deepen understanding of each other, and grow connection with each other. Non-traditional relationship styles are supported and welcome.

— Eva Belzil, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

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

As a trained marriage and family therapist, my therapeutic lens is systemic. 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 showing us places we can grow. From deep-rooted family conflict to everyday miscommunication, individual relational therapy can grow skills and insight into the innerworkings of relationships.

— Grace (Bomar) Finn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN

I offer a supportive space for relationship therapy, encompassing not only romantic partnerships, but also friendships and roommate relationships. Together, we'll delve into the systems that influence your relationships, untangling complex dynamics and fostering deeper connections. This process empowers you and your loved ones to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts, and ultimately, enhance the quality of your relationships.

— Janice Reyes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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

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

The first thing I hope you find in my office is a sense of ease. My goal is to offer a compassionate , supportive, empowering space for you to build a sense of safety, care and connection. Though managing the impact of trauma is exhausting , you don't have to do it alone. It can change. You have a voice. My work is somatic, trauma-informed, survivor-led and based in the present moment. As you root in yourself, you will strength the ability to have secure relationships. We will work both.

— Sarah Valrejean, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, WA

Relationships of all kinds are such a big part of our lives, so why are they so hard? We long to feel connected and secure with those around us, but that's feels easier said than done. Together, we will explore more helpful ways to approach your relationships so that they can be stress-free. Our work will explore communication skills, needs & boundaries, processing fears about vulnerability, and discovering other obstacles to help create & maintain fulfilling relationships.

— Elise Robinson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NJ

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

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

— Dr. John Monopoli, Clinical Psychologist

Love is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. Numerous books and movies have been created to showcase the strength of love and the harmful effects that can occur between romantic partners. Love between individuals in a relationship can provide healing benefits, but it can also reveal negative aspects of love, such as fear, hurt, and codependency. By practicing conscious loving and committing to each other, partners can work towards healing past wounds and strengthening their bond.

— Matthew Cobb, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

Just because we're wired to connect doesn't mean relationships come easy. Whether they're romantic, friendly, family, or professional, they take work. Let's navigate this together—forming new bonds, knowing when to let go, setting boundaries, expressing needs, and growing through every interaction. I can support you with beginning to feel empowered within your own relationships.

— Savannah Weatherington, Licensed Professional Counselor