Relationships & Marriage


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.


Stress And Strain On Relationships


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.


Some common relationship concerns include:

  • Chronic Illness & addiction
  • Lack of communication
  • Differences in parenting
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Financial difficulties
  • Emotional distance
  • Lack of trust

Psychological Issues Associated with Relationship Issues

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.

When Relationship Issues Point to Abuse

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.

Therapy for Relationships and Marriage

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.

New Directions does extensive work with couples, individuals, and families providing confidential, professional care.


  • Family Counseling - Parents (step-parent) and children are both involved. Family counseling aims to provide treatment for an entire family and examine the relationships and roles between all members.

  • Couples Counseling - Success depends on each partner's motivation and dedication to the process of couples counseling. From healing a broken relationship to coping and planning an amicable divorce/separation, expect to learn new ways to communicate, become a better listener, and new ways to support your partner.

  • Adolescent Counseling -  Children grow through a variety of milestones - physical and psychological. With the onset of puberty, hormones are in full motion. Anxiety and depression can be a symptom of these changes. We pay attention to the teens' relationship with their parents (step-parents). We do not treat teens in isolation, we work on how they are relating to the adults in their lives.

  • Anger Management - We can help you control your anger by identifying the emotions as psychological reaction to a situation. We'll help you gain awareness and insight into the way your body responds to past and future circumstances. We will work with you to identify anger responses that may be defense mechanisms for other concerns like depression or anxiety.


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.

New Directions
Taylor Rockwell, PhD
Martha Wolf, LCSW

773 West Lincoln Blvd. Ste. 105

Freeport, IL  61032







By appointment
Evenings available


We accept most Insurance plans including Medicare


Counseling - Individual, Couples, and Families - Freeport, IL
New Directions Counseling  (815)  232-9050


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