It doesn’t matter if you’re married, living together, have dated for two years or five years, the main complaints couples bring to therapy are losing connection and high levels of conflict. We live in a fast-paced world and major life changes or high levels of stress can put pressure on a relationship. Counselor Jennifer helps couples going through rough patches. Her relationship counseling helps people to recognize, and to better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. Through counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways.
Counselors provide a caring and supportive environment to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing in your relationship. Unfortunately, some people have preconceived notions of what relationship counseling is and think that you only need counseling when things get really bad or out of control. Couples often seek counseling when relationship problems begin to interfere with daily functioning or when partners are unsure about continuing the relationship. Some couples may want to develop better communication skills, enhance intimacy, or learn to navigate new terrain in their lives.
You don’t have to wait until your relationship deteriorates. Strain can be placed on a relationship when stressful circumstances, such as differences in parenting, work pressure, political views, financial burdens to name a few, affect the couple as a whole, or even just one of the partners. Sometimes the couple experiences tension due to chronic illness of one person, which can impact the well being of both partners. Many couples struggle with communicating effectively; one or both feel that they are not being heard by their partners. However, there are severe stressors such as infidelity, terminal illness of one partner, and serious mental health issues that afflict one or both partners. Resentment, contempt, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressed.
As a mental health counselor, Jennifer understands relationships in general can be difficult. Relationships take work. With the right guidance, and support, a couple can make changes to improve communication and enhance their love for each other. Jennifer helps couples in distress find their willingness to make changes and reinforce their commitment to each other. Let Jennifer help you reconnect with each other. You’d be glad you contacted her. Reach and call her to make an appointment at (716) 432-3656.