“Relationships are about growth. Growth comes from patience, understanding, and love. But most of all growth comes from a willingness to grow.”
Understanding one’s self, one’s expectations and the expectations of your partner are key starting points for any relationship. Finding areas of disconnect and misperceptions and changing longstanding ineffective communication patters are also useful steps. The process of couples counseling focuses on uncovering old wounds, addressing defenses and unhealthy relating cycles and then laying down a new history of collaboration and partnering. In counseling, many couples discover how to better support each other and who they are individually. Along the way, they find new ways to better meet the other person’s needs and desires in the relationship. Rather than focusing on how to change the other person, marriage and couples counseling centers around bridging gaps, establishing healthy expectations and growing the relationship in unity, intimacy and connection with each other.
Frequent issues that arise in marriages and relationships that can be successfully addressed in counseling include the following:
- Communication Problems
- Anger Problems
- Loss of Connection and Passion
- Feeling Alone or Unappreciated
- Feelings of Growing Apart or More Like Friends
- Unsatisfying Sexual Relationship
- Division of Roles and Household Responsibilities
- Different Desires regarding Children
- Parenting Philosophies
- Relationships with In-Laws
- Financial Problems
- Money/Spending Differences
- Career Issues
- Substance Abuse
Grace Weyrauch devotes approximately half her practice to working with couples experiencing relationship difficulties. Through her private practice, McDowell Mountain Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ, Grace has served couples in this community and surrounding areas since 2003. If you are considering couples counseling and would like to speak with Grace directly before starting the process, please feel free to contact her via email or phone.
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