With all the differences couples have in terms of personality, background, ideology, etc., it's wonderful that healthy relationships exist at all! But relationships in which both partners maintain their individuality and still share a deep passionate connection are entirely possible when couples learn to communicate and avoid common pitfalls. The first step is simple enough – you need to commit to relationship counseling. It is fairly common for one or both of you to be skeptical that the process will help or that your therapist will be impartial. I strive to be non-judgmental and constructive and to make every effort to understand the problem from both sides.
It is also important for both partners to understand that the perfect couple does not exist, at least in the sense that they agree on everything and never argue. My goal is to teach couples how to improve communication to resolve conflicts in a positive manner without hurting either partner. In this type of communication, the primary objective is to avoid blaming your partner or yourself, as that is a sure-fire way to end a constructive argument. Additional benefits couples can expect from counseling are:
Reduced Anxiety and Stress
A Brighter Outlook on Life
Improved Relationships with Friends, Family, and Coworkers
A Loving and Growing Relationship
Enhanced Intimacy and Sexuality
My goal is for couples to find the love they've always wanted. So whether you've never been to relationship counseling or have been unsuccessful in previous attempts, I can help. I work with gay, lesbian, or straight couples, both married and unmarried.
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Patricia J. Hayes, Psy.D, Centerville and greater Dayton OH.
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