Relationships are central to our wellbeing as human beings.
It can be very frustrating and dissatisfying to repeatedly feel disconnected and dissatisfied with our connections with others. What’s worse is trying hard to change patterns and finding yourself repeatedly in similar unfulfilling situations. Difficulties with relationships can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and can negatively impact your self-worth.
Experiences of marginalization and feeling on the outside can be particularly damaging to our relationships. We learn that we are less than, unworthy, and not good enough from negative sociocultural messaging about parts of our identities. When we internalize these false notions, we are at risk of repeating cycles of dissatisfying and hurtful relationships where we don’t feel seen or valued.
You can create new relational patterns and fulfilling personal connections.
We will begin from the inside out and acknowledge the need for community. We will also acknowledge injuries, both historical and present, that leave you feeling disconnected from yourself and others. Learning to reconnect, honor and celebrate all parts of you is an important part of the healing process.
Relationship and self-esteem counselling will help you look inwards to examine the thoughts, feelings, and patterns that contribute to your struggles.
Relationship counselling will also help you examine the relationship you have with yourself (i.e., your self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence). In our work together, we will examine your personal blind spots and habitual patterns of relating to others that repeatedly emerge in your relationships. This process will help you get to know yourself in relationships, better understand your needs and those of others, and learn how to clearly and confidently communicate in order to develop healthy connections.