Human beings are social creatures. Since we have lived in caves we have sought the company of other human beings. Our relationships range, from intimate to familial to social to occupational, but all of our relationships matter. One of the primary presenting problems for many people coming to therapy has to do with a relationship of one kind or another.
- Primary partnerships, marital relationships, or other sexual relationships
- Parent-child relationships while children are still young, or adult parent-adult child relationships
- Work relationships
- Friendships, community, or social connections
- Fears about safely and effectively parenting children in a world very different from the one you grew up in
People sometimes come to therapy because they are feeling frustrated with how they are relating to others. Sometimes they cite problems with dating successfully, or “communication problems” in their marriage or partnership. Others struggle with difficult co-workers, feeling invisible or undervalued at work. Still others are trying to co-parent with a partner, and facing differences in value systems and parenting beliefs. Any of these struggles can cause disruptions in relationships with people we care about. Those kinds of disruptions can be hard to manage, and leak into all aspects of our lives. Therapy can be a place to process how your relationships are working–or not working–and what changes you have the power to make so things can get better.