The Power of Relationship Therapy

Do you know how healthy your relationship is on a scale from one to ten? When it comes to relationships, we all need a little extra help, and if you’re arguing a lot more than usual, it might be time to start relationship therapy. Staying in a bad relationship is no good for anyone, so if you feel that you are in an unhealthy relationship, then here’s how relationship therapy can help you.

There’s No Such Thing as the Perfect Relationship 

Relationships are hard work, and one of the first things you will learn in relationship therapy is that there’s no such thing as a perfect relationship, simply because there’s no such thing as the perfect person. But, then again, when you think about it, who would want perfection? Imagine being in a relationship where you’re both the same – there would be no dissimilarities and flaws to bond over. In fact, in every relationship, you will always find two imperfect people willing to accept the flaws of each other, which is what makes a relationship strong and enduring.

If You Want a Happy Relationship, Practice Self-Love

We’ve all heard the saying: “you can’t have a healthy relationship until you’re happy with yourself”. Well, it’s 100% true. Sadly, having grown up in a world of fairytale movies, many people don’t know what true love is all about, which means that they don’t quite understand the importance of self-love. Self-love is all about respecting and accepting yourself with all your flaws, and actually liking who you are. When we have no personal self-worth, relationships can take a huge knock. Loving and accepting yourself for who you are oozes confidence and positive energy, which in turn attracts the same energy from your partner. However, should you emanate the complete opposite energy, you’re guaranteed to drive your partner away. To receive healthy, true, and lasting love, we must first show it to ourselves.

Communication is the Blueprint for a Healthy, Happy Relationship 

Possibly, one of the most important aspects of any relationship is communication. If you and your partner can’t seem to have a conversation without the claws coming out, then you need to learn how to communicate and compromise more effectively. Without good communication, compromise is impossible, and without good compromise, your problems start stacking up and damaging your relationship.

While a bit of arguing can be healthy, learning how to do it in a way that doesn’t involve hurting each other can be a balancing act. Fortunately, good conversation and compromise are skills that can be practised, which is what relationship therapy will teach you. Relationship therapy will help you learn how to talk, listen, and compromise, without feeling defensive, criticised, stonewalled, or contempt for one another

For a healthy relationship to make it through the good, the bad, and the ugly, it takes hard work and commitment. If you’re in a relationship worth fighting for, then come together on neutral ground with Dr Tienie Maritz in Pretoria.