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Interpersonal Relationships

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Would you like to improve your interpersonal relationships?

Do you…

  • Feel alone or isolated and wish you could open up more to others?
  • Find yourself regretting things you’ve said or replaying them over and over again in your mind?
  • Feel taken advantage of, and wish you could be more assertive?
  • Wonder why you don’t have as many friends as you would like?
  • Feel misunderstood and crave a deeper connection to others?
  • Desire to get along better with co-workers, classmates, or family members?
  • Have trouble setting boundaries with others, such as trouble saying “no”?
  • Feel scared to be “yourself” around others, and find yourself saying and doing things just to be liked?
  • Have difficulty with one person in particular, such as a supervisor, teacher, family member, or friend?

Therapy that addresses Interpersonal Relationships can help you to:

  • Understand your role in creating and maintaining healthy relationships with others
  • Communicate more authentically from the heart, even when it’s hard to do so
  • Resolve conflicts because the relationship is worth it
  • Learn when to walk away from relationships that are doing you more harm than good
  • Build closer and more fulfilling relationships with others, by focusing more on quality than quantity
  • Identify and express your needs, limits, and boundaries in a respectful way

Why is therapy for interpersonal relationships important?

Humans are social beings. We interact with other people in many different contexts of our life, such as doing errands, going to work or school, or participating in hobbies. Fitting in and being liked is important for our survival, which motivates us to cultivate friendly, intimate, and supportive relationships.  Interpersonal relationships include things like friendships, romantic relationships, as well as the relationships that we cultivate with family members, coworkers or classmates.

Unfortunately, sometimes we do not receive the positive social interactions that we crave.  We can feel ignored, isolated, misunderstood, or even bullied.  After long periods of time, we can end up feeling so rejected or discouraged that we give up trying to interact with others altogether. We may still be hurt from an incident long ago, or can find ourselves struggling to get along with one person in particular. Therapy can help you to overcome these social hurdles and to make the most of your interactions with others.