One of the most common reasons for people seeking counselling is relationship issues. For most people, having a satisfying relationship is a important for their happiness. However, many people struggle to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
Indeed, our ability to establish and maintain social connection is fundamental to our overall mental health and wellbeing. These connections may include work colleagues, friendships, family and intimate relationships. Unfortunately our our natural human capacity for attachment can be damaged by adverse life experiences. Without impaired connection we are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or other psychological distress.
These are many reasons for relationship difficulties. One common problem is old patterns of insecurity stemming from childhood and past relationships, often coupled with communication difficulties. A complex mixture of human nature, upbringing and life experience form these difficulties.
While many relationships can be repaired, where a relationship has become abusive or toxic, counselling can offer a valuable space to decide if you want to exit the relationship. Your counsellor can help you understand the dynamics of power and control, recognise the cycle of abuse, and if your decide, emotionally support you through the process of separation and into rebuilding your life.
Auckland therapy offers both individual and couples counselling. Therapy provides a neutral space to address your relational patterns and develop more satisfying ways of being and relating.