Congratulations on taking this first step. Know that I will move at the speed you are most comfortable and in the way that you feel safest.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hoffman Estates, IL
Common problems addressed in couples therapy: Challenging poor communication patterns. Learning to both listen and speak to your partner in a new way is, in my opinion, the quickest way to affect positive change in a relationship. Rekindling feelings of warmth and love. Especially with couples who have been together for a long time, it can be easy to lose that spark that was once there. Creating safety, security, and respect.
From as early as I can remember I had constant anxiety and in my first years of college it peaked to where I would have anxiety attacks almost daily. I decided to go to therapy and it took me down a journey that forever changed my life. It wasn’t easy but it made my life better and gave me a passion to help others change their lives as well.
Pre-teens and teens are in the midst of transitioning between dependence to independence. With this in mind, I find most want to spend the majority (if not all their time) privately with me as they are learning more about themselves as a separate being from their parents. Most often issues with depression and anxiety revolve around difficult relationships at home, with friends, and at school. Teens look to therapy as a way to vent and figure out how they want to resolve their problems.
Committed romantic relationships require compromise and work. It’s not easy to jump through life’s hurdles with someone tethered to you. It can feel like your partner is holding you back or maybe you feel like you’re holding your partner back. Relationships can benefit from couples therapy at any point whether brand new or not and whether in turmoil or not. I believe the possibility of creating a positive, loving, and respectful relationship is always present.