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Relationship Difficulties

  • There is no such thing as the perfect relationship; everyone experiences problems at some time. The romantic origins of a relationship can be lost in the stress of work, family, financial issues, and other daily stressors.

    Families today are faced with many challenges. Because of increased financial pressures on parent, families with two working parents are now the norm, not the exception. More competitive academic and school performance pressures now linked to educational advancement mean that family evenings are often spent transporting kids to extra-curricular activities, leaving little opportunity for families to spend quality time together.

    Some couples are able to manage these issues on their own. For those who cannot, the question becomes when does one decide they need more help than they can get from their partner? The first step is to identify when to seek help.

    If you respond with “yes” to more than one of these situations, it may be helpful to seek the services of a professional counselor.

    • Frequent arguing with no resolution
    • Verbal and/or physical abuse
    • Feeling that your partner frequently doesn't understand you; poor communication
    • Frequent thoughts of leaving your partner
    • Lack of interest in sex with your partner
    • Feeling sad, worthless or unsatisfied with your partner
    • One or both partners have addictive behaviors
    • Irresolvable disagreements about parenting styles and setting rules
    • Concerns about child’s school and/or behavioral problems

    Frequently, issues around communication can be identified and addressed within a few sessions. If your spouse or significant other is unwilling to join you, counseling and support may be even more important to help you negotiate the challenges you face in your relationship.

    What you can do to help

    If you are experiencing relationship difficulties, don’t wait for things to get better on their own. Belmont offers individual, marital and family therapy with trained and experienced counselors.

    When you need someone to talk to, turn to Belmont Behavioral Health at 1-800-220-HELP (4357) or (215) 877-2000.

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