It's scary to put your
trust in a complete stranger,
but trying to repair things
on your own hasn't worked.
and heal old wounds that have
interfered with true intimacy?
Will Marriage Counseling Make
Your Marriage Worse?
Marriage Counseling | Couples | Individuals | Philadelphia
A relationship counselor can work with you in a collaborative process where patterns in relationships are allowed to unfold for study and growth in a safe and respectful environment.
Working with a good psychotherapist develops your capacity for emotional clarity, improves your ability to engage in healthy reciprocal relationships, and sets the table for authentic communication and intimate connection.
- Written by David Steinberg, PhD, LCSW
We all make mistakes in relationships. The problem begins when we keep repeating them over and over again. Here are a few big ones to learn how to avoid so you can find success in love and life.
- Written by David
When driving there’s an area next and behind you in your rearview mirror that you cannot see. It is dangerous, as you run the risk of turning into a car in your blindspot. Sometimes we fall into a similar danger in the way we repeat patterns in our relationships. A relational blindspot is a way of being in relationships that is governed by very old patterns from early relationships. If you find yourself continuing to repeat the same dynamics in relationship after relationship, and failing to maintain a loving connection, then you have relational blindspots. While the danger may not be of a physical nature, the result is often a feeling of alienation and disconnection, not only from others, but also from yourself. The nature of your earliest relationships will color the way you see the world and the way you experience others and yourself.
The child of a narcissistic parent lacks a certain self-awareness because he spent much of his childhood reading the parents' moods and opinions and tailoring himself in the image of the other, the omnipotent parent. In this case, the task in therapy is to help individuals carve out their identity as separate and competent individuals. In order for this to happen, much of the negative internalizations from early relationships need to be explored and understood before they can be transcended.