Embarking on a new relationship often elicits intense feelings of excitement, passion, kinship and sexual attraction. New love can be intoxicating, leading many couples to initially feel that their love is unbreakable.
But, both practical concerns and personal issues frequently emerge over time, possibly dampening the warm feelings. Over time, relationships can sometimes become monotonous, dispassionate and even hostile, causing once passionate lovers to become more like business partners, roommates or even adversaries. As more time passes, they may struggle with the compromise that’s required for a healthy, successful relationship.
Tensions can develop and deepen in dysfunctional relationships. Feuding partners often refuse to listen to each other and incessantly fight, argue and bicker. They can feel they’re walking on eggshells around each other, worried that even the smallest conflict might erupt uncontrollably. When love becomes a war between wills, hurt feelings often ensue. Lacking comfort and fulfillment, either partner might look for love outside the relationship, perhaps turning to infidelity.
When couples seek help, they often do so out of a dismal, hopeless state. They may desperately want to fix their relationship, but wonder if their relationship can be saved or if it is even worth saving. You may wonder how the relationship got to this point and want to resolve the conflict present in the relationship, but find that your current methods of communication simply aren’t working.
Should have to know some conflict is normal and healthy! Don't face it alone we are here to help.
Couples counseling can help resolve conflict and improve communication.
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