Relationships require lots of work and inevitably are going to face challenges, large and small. Everyday stress can put a heavy strain on relationships. Major sources of stress can pose a major threat on the stability of a relationship. If each partner is willing to address the issue at hand and participate in finding the right solution, relationship problems are manageable. When challenges are not addressed tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health of the relationship is in jeopardy.
Strain can be placed on the relationship when stressful circumstance affect one or both partners. Resentment, contempt, and an increase in amount of arguments tend to be a sign that there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
Chronic relationship issues or stress can lead to mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Relationship problems can also affect one’s self-esteem and physical health or lead to feelings of guilt, shame, or anger. At times, addictive behaviors, like substance or alcohol abuse, are developed by one or both partners in order to avoid confronting the source of the relationship issues. Relationship problems can also affect family members, such as children, who may repeatedly witness relationship issues between their parents.
All normal couples argue, but when insults, criticism, intimidation, threats, or humiliation become routine, the relationship enters the realm of emotional abuse. Signs of emotional or psychological abuse are often more subtle and harder to recognize than those of physical abuse, although the psychological impact of emotional abuse is likely to be as severe or worse than that of physical abuse. Seek help immediately if you are in an abusive relationship where you feel that your life is in physical danger.
Couples experiencing relationship issues often seek couples or marriage counseling when relationship problems begin to interfere with daily functioning or when partners are unsure about continuing the relationship. New Directions will help couples develop better communication skills and help build the tools necessary to learn a healthy way to deal with the daily stress that can put such a heavy burden on relationships.
Medication for behavioral issues - At New Directions, we seek to avoid medication when possible and find alternative solutions to help clients feel like they are functioning well on their own. If you need medication in addition to counseling, we will help you with a referral.
Taylor Rockwell, PhD
Martha Wolf, LCSW
773 West Lincoln Blvd. Ste. 105
Freeport, IL 61032
We accept most Insurance plans including Medicare
Counseling - Individual, Couples, and Families - Freeport, IL
New Directions Counseling (815) 232-9050
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