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There are many reasons why you may experience difficulty with those around you. Here are some of the obstacles that can get in the way of having healthy and fulfilling relationships:

Trouble communicating

  • Disconnect between the message sent and how it’s received
  • Yelling
  • Crying
  • Getting physical (e.g., with others, throwing things)
  • Shutting down
  • Walking away
  • Struggling to find the right words
  • Anxiety/Shyness
  • Difficulty saying no
  • Difficulty expressing wants/needs
  • Feeling like the other party (partner, friend, colleague) isn’t expressing themselves appropriately (e.g., they are yelling, using hurtful names, or bringing up the past)

Feeling disconnected

  • Not spending as much time together
  • Being excluded
  • Constant arguments or fights
  • Feeling as though you no longer have much in common
  • Not showing affection (e.g. less hugs, hand-holding, words of endearment, kisses, sex, overall support)
  • Difficulty navigating the sexual part of your relationship

Mistrust

  • Feeling you can’t trust others
  • Feeling others don’t trust you
  • A betrayal has occurred in the relationship (e.g., lie, cheating, substance abuse)
  • Projecting past hurt on current relationship(s)
  • Feeling undermined or sabotaged

Longevity

  • Start positive relationships, but can’t sustain them
  • Don’t know how to start a long-lasting relationship
  • Choosing the wrong people
  • Uncertainty about current committed relationship

Resources

A quick and dirty outline of communication barriers and ways to get around them.

A great summary article about the symptoms and results of relationship difficulties.

Easy ways to improve your friendships.

The "4 Horsemen" are 4 behaviors that can make relationships difficult:

So, if you’re looking to improve your personal relationships, whether at home, in the office, or within your circle of friends, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you strengthen your interpersonal connections so you feel happier and have more productive interactions with those around you. If you think you may benefit from relationship therapy, please don't hesistate to reach out to us to learn more.

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