Positive and respectful relationships

Positive and respectful relationships are good for you and good for your family. It’s never too late to start working on improving your relationships.
 
People in supportive, loving relationships are more likely to feel healthy, happy and satisfied with their lives. They are less likely to have mental or physical health problems or do things that affect their health. People in good relationships help each other practically as well as emotionally. They share the good times and help each other through the tough ones. All relationships have challenging times.
Your relationship affects your children as they grow up and become adults. Children will benefit from your efforts to enrich your relationship.

Breaking up can be difficult

When a relationship ends, it often takes two years or more for a couple to begin to put their lives back together and recover from their emotional pain. Many people can develop serious health and emotional problems during this time.  Many families finances are also worse off following separation and divorce. 

Relationships can change

Over time, people change in many ways including their interests, confidence and attitudes.  Relationships can change when:
  • children go through various developmental stages
  • there are financial pressures
  • work demands increase and responsibilities change
  • one or both partners retire from work
  • if you stop doing things together.
  • Some couples also face unexpected changes like:
  • illness
  • disability
  • unemployment
  • addiction problems
  • living apart due to employment or family issues.
 
All changes bring their own challenges but are easier to cope with if the relationship is solid. Couples that talk and work their way through the issues are more likely to overcome them.
 

Positive and Healthy Relationships

A solid, health relationship involves:
  • respect, honesty and trust
  • love, companionship and shared activities
  • mutual emotional support and intimacy
  • communication
  • agreement about finances, child-raising and other matters important to you
  • shared dreams for the future.

Getting Support

Our experienced counsellors work with couples to reduce distress and try to improve key areas such as communication, intimacy or parenting issues. For more information see Relationship Counselling.

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