Human beings are frequently described as social animals. Relationships are thought of as the fabric of society and, in early development, the key to our survival.
Relationships contribute to the formation of our identity. We are born into relation and spend most of our lives relating to others. Even when we are alone, much of our mental activity is devoted to relating to our memories or ideas of others.
Our experience of old relationships can affect how we behave in new ones. Our experience of new relationships can influence how we view or interpret relationships of the past.
The bonds we share with our significant others can be a deep source of passion and gratification.
At times such bonds can be negatively influenced by misunderstanding and by ingrained patterns/habits of interaction that serve to diminish the quality of such connections.
Misunderstandings or ruptures are an important part of any relationship. The task is not to avoid them but to successfully navigate such periods. If individuals in relation successfully navigate these difficult or trying periods, their bond may be strengthened and be imbued with even greater trust and affection.
Relationship counselling facilitates improved understanding and helps develop new ways of relating that permit individuals in relation to successfully navigate those trying and difficult periods. Relationship counselling is useful for couples/partners, for youths and parents, and for family members.