Relationships can be difficult, but they also hold the potential for being the most beautiful aspect of your life. The intricacies and complexities of a relationship include communication, compromise, meeting each other’s needs, intimacy, affection, feelings of being cared for, and the ability to give and receive love.
The guilt, embarrassment, anger, and shame you or your partner may have experienced during childhood can create relationship patterns later in life, and oftentimes result in arguing, creating distance, and shutting down communication.
Identifying patterns and their roots is the goal of couples or marriage therapy. Through in-depth discussion of your partner’s and your family patterns, an understanding of your patterns as a couple emerge. You both then collaboratively create new, healthy patterns that sustain love and respect, thereby serving each of you as individuals and collectively as a couple.