We are all in relationships with other people, whether it is a significant other, parent, child, co-worker or boss.
If you lack appropriate boundaries or come from a dysfunctional family, you may not have learned how to interact and communicate appropriately which can lead to ineffective or dysfunctional relationships.
In an intimate relationship, it’s important to have a good sense of yourself by identifying your own needs and what you want in your relationship. If your relationship seems to be a struggle and it takes a lot of work or is full of mistrust, poor communication and anger, it may be a good time to look at making changes to improve it or end it.
If you find yourself repeating the same patterns in your relationships, it might be helpful to explore how you interpret and respond to others’ actions. Co-dependency, poor self-esteem, loneliness, and insecurity can all lead to unsatisfying relationships. I generally provide counseling to individuals, rather than couples. I help individuals understand how their history with relationships and the relationship they have with themselves, contributes to their current interactions and behaviors in their current relationships. If you are in a co-dependent or unhealthy relationship, we can talk about setting healthy boundaries and interactions for yourself and with your partner.