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Relationship problems

Do you recognise any of the following common problems?

"My partner and I have drifted apart....we hardly talk any more."
"An affair is destroying our relationship."
"I think my partner is depressed."
"We argue all the time. We just can′t seem to stop."
"My partner spends too much time at work...I′m starting to resent it."
"Our new baby is forcing us apart."
"I have no self-esteem, and it′s ruining our relationship."
"I′m scared that my partner will lose control and hit me."
"My partner drinks too much. I don′t know what to do about it."

Relationship problems are very painful, and can impact on every aspect of our lives. Finding a way to deal with them can be very difficult. Anxiety and sleeplessness are common side effects, and in turn leave us more vulnerable to other problems.

How can psychological therapy help?

Whether you′re experiencing worries about your relationship, or have issues with Anger, Depression, or Anxiety that are affecting your relationship, psychological support from a qualified therapist can help. Getting the right help early can make all the difference, but it′s never too late to start.

Your clinical psychologist or psychotherapist will help you to discuss your current relationship problems, and work with you to identify it′s causes and consequences. They may use approaches such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which is widely recognised as being particularly helpful for changing destructive patterns in relationships. Additional therapies that may be useful, depending on your circumstances, include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)..

Just as every person is different, so is every relationship, and your therapist will work with you to find the best practices, treatments and therapies for your relationship problems.

If you feel at risk

If you feel at risk in your relationship, it’s important to find a safe place to be before you start to work on the problems. Organisations such as Relate, Refuge and Men′s Advice Line can help you.

Find out more about therapy

Our experienced psychotherapists are well practised in helping with relationship problems. You may wish to contact us independently initially to discuss your situation and get the help you need. We can advise you on the most appropriate courses of action – individually, or together.

When you are ready, you may wish to involve other people in the therapy. Your therapist will help you decide who should be involved and when and help you feel comfortable in your choice.

Your next steps

Connect will help you find the most appropriate counsellor or therapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email

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