Mental Health affects our relationships - how we relate to others whether this be our partner, family, friends, work colleagues or other.
Relationship difficulties can be longstanding or not - arising as a result of relatively recent difficulties in our lives or stemming back from issues linked to our upbringing (perhaps in how your main parent/s or caregiver/s related to each other and to you as a small child). Either way, seeing a Clinical Psychologist for relationship problems to assess and understand with you what’s going on currently, what the barriers are that stop you making the changes you want to make and how to make changes for the better will help.
After the assessment and together reaching a fuller understanding of the situation, a plan for psychological intervention can be agreed. The plan might involve you being seen as an individual for one-to-one psychology appointments for therapy or both partners being seen as a couple, for couple therapy/ relationship counselling.
The psychology appointments could be quite structured or less so. Learning and practicing skills where needed is also an option. This could include; assertion skills, or other communication skills if they are blocking your progress.
Seeing a Clinical Psychologist for non-judgemental, impartial help can reap many benefits, specifically improvements to your relationships.
There are different theoretical approaches for psychology-based ways to improve relationships such as, Behavioural, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Couples Counselling for Depression, Integrative. Meeting a Clinical Psychologist to talk in an assessment will determine the next step.
See also pages on: Adjusting to life changes (relationship break ups, pregnancy, parenthood, health changes, etc.); Anger issues; Anxiety and worry; Attachment difficulties; Bereavement; Depression / low mood; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Issues relating to early life experiences; Loneliness; Mood disorders; Motivational difficulties; Personality difficulties; Sexuality; Stress; Substance use issues (e.g., alcohol); Trauma (including Complex Trauma); Work related stress, burnout & career issues.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.