Relationship challenges

What is it? 

Relationship challenges refer to the difficulties and conflicts that occur in a relationship. These challenges can arise from differences in ideas, beliefs, and perspectives, and can cause significant stress and conflict. They are a normal part of any partnership but can become serious issues if they lead to chronic conflict and stress.  

Symptoms 

Symptoms of relationship challenges may include: 

  • Spending less time together 
  • Minimal communication 
  • Being critical of each other 
  • Indicating that the relationship is not going well 
  • Differences of opinions are criticised rather than worked upon 
  • Always being defensive in front of each other 
  • Stopped discussing long-term plans 
  • Setting other priorities over the relationship 

Causes 

The causes of relationship challenges can vary greatly. They can be caused by differences in ideas, beliefs, and perspectives. Additionally, infidelity, loss of intimacy, communication difficulties, coping with stress challenges, financial pressures, boundary violations, difficulty balancing individual and couple expectations can also lead to relationship challenges. Relationship challenges can include issues such as fading enthusiasm, long work hours, and lack of personal time and space. 

Interventions 

Interventions for relationship challenges can include employing effective communication, managing conflict, nurturing trust, and prioritising individual and relationship well-being. Couples counselling or therapy provides a safe space for open communication, facilitates problem-solving, and offers expert guidance tailored to the specific needs of the relationship. Other interventions include cognitive-behavioural interventions, which aim to change cognitions and reinforce active coping skills, and relaxation techniques, which involve physical and mental relaxation techniques to help cope with the consequences of stress. 

Psychologists that support Relationship Challenges

Kim Edwards

I firmly believe that each person is unique, possessing their own set of experiences, challenges, and strengths. I’m dedicated and passionate about understanding your journey in order for you to feel truly seen and heard, and to also provide you with the right tools that work for you.

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Eimear Quigley

My life purpose is to decrease human suffering. As a clinical psychologist, I believe that human connection is the antidote to human suffering and I use a person-centred humanistic approach with clients to build a connected therapeutic relationship that supports healing and growth.

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Nina Blagojevic

Empathy, respect, and collaboration are at the heart of my practice. I believe in creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where clients can openly explore their thoughts and emotions. By tailoring evidence-based techniques to individual needs, I am to empower clients in their journey towards self- discovery and growth.

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