I want to share what I have learned about men, women, and relationships in my time as a couples therapist. The way I look at my own relationship (with my now wife) after having trained at an accredited couple and family therapy program, is worlds different from how I understood my past relationships with previous girlfriends. As a relationship expert, I am excited to share some tips with you that you can start doing right now in your relationship.
Tip #1: Take responsibility
Actively look at yourself, and what you are (or are not) doing in the relationship. How are you nurturing your relationship? Do you take it for granted and assume it will be fine without putting any effort into it? When couples get into arguments both partners are actively playing a role in the conflict. Both partners are fighting to be understood and listened to.
Robin S. Smith is a psychotherapist practicing in Bethesda, MD. Robin created The Couple and Family Clinic Blog to provide useful articles on issues related to mental health as well as articles on local, national, and international news stories. Learn more about Robin on the About Page.