When you are in a relationship it tends to become your “center” – it’s where you return to at the end of each day; after a long day at work, after a night out with friends, after a visit with family. For many, your partner becomes your “go to” person in life – when you are happy, stressed, confused, sad, or excited about various events in your life.
When you start to have problems in your relationship, you may wonder if you can count on your partner to be there for you. Something feels “off,” out of balance. If the problems go unresolved and conflict doesn’t get repaired, many people gradually start turning away from their partner, rather than toward them. Some turn inward and become withdrawn in the relationship, while others turn outward – to friends, family, and sometimes to another potential romantic interest. When this happens, it can intensify the feeling of disconnection from your partner. If this pattern continues, the relationship can be in jeopardy. Couples therapy is one of the best investments you can make in the future of your relationship.