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  • Individual Relationship Counseling: What is it and How Can it Help You?

    Relationships are a huge part of our lives. Yet, we don’t often talk about the challenges that come with them or seek help on how to improve them. You may feel like it’s something you should be able to figure out on your own. Or, that it’s something that should come naturally. However, the truth is that relationships are complex and sometimes challenging. And everyone can use a bit of support sometimes. Putting in the time and effort to ensure that our relationships are healthy and happy is worth it. That’s where individual relationship counseling comes in.

    What is Individual Relationship Counseling?

    Individual Relationship Counseling is a type of counseling all about you and your approach to relationships. It’s about helping you learn more about yourself on a deeper level. It’s an opportunity to look at the patterns in your life and relationships to help you understand what’s working and what’s not.

    In sessions, a counselor will help you discover and understand how your past pain affects your present relationships. Then working with your counselor, you will begin to unpack that baggage, process it, and learn from it. Although it may never truly go away, you can confront it in a way that allows you to move forward and find happiness. 

    How Can Individual Relationship Counseling Benefit You?Photo of two pages in a book making the shape of a heart. This photo represents how individual relationship counseling in north carolina can help strengthen your relationships.

    Working with a counselor that specializes in individual relationship counseling can support you in building healthy relationships. Whether they’re romantic, friendly, or familial relationships. With their support, you will learn more about healthy boundaries, what you’re looking for, and even your attachment type. These are all relevant in relationships.

    Setting Healthy Boundaries

    Healthy boundaries are important in all types of relationships. But, sometimes we don’t know how to set them. You may allow people to cross your boundaries without even realizing it. At first, setting boundaries may feel uncomfortable, but over time and by taking small steps, you will become more confident in setting and maintaining them. You will also realize how important they are for your wellbeing. With the help of a counselor, you will learn to set boundaries that work for you and your relationships but also fit within your expectations.

    Discovering Your ExpectationsPhoto of two people cooking together in a kitchen. This photo represents how an individual relationship counselor in north carolina can help you build stronger relationships.

    What are you wanting out of a relationship? What are your expectations for a partner or friend? These can be difficult questions for many people to answer. If you’ve never thought about it before, it may be difficult to know where to start. But, that’s okay! Everyone is unique. This means expectations look different for everyone. Learning what yours are so that you can communicate them clearly in your relationships is a goal of individual relationship counseling. With the help of a therapist, you will discover what you’re wanting and need out of your relationships.

    You deserve to enjoy to feel secure in your relationships.

    Improving Your Self Esteem

    Self-esteem is another relevant part of your relationships. If you’re struggling to have a healthy and loving relationship with yourself, it can be difficult to have one with others. If you struggle with low self-esteem, you may put others’ needs above your own. This can lead to you having unhealthy relationships where you’re not getting your needs met.

    It’s important to build a loving relationship with yourself. In individual relationship counseling, you will learn how to love and respect yourself so that you can have healthier relationships. This can help you gain a better understanding of how you see and value yourself.

    You are your own worst critic.Photo of a woman riding her bike by the ocean. This photo represents how individual relationship counseling in north carolina can help you build your self esteem

    For instance,  if you grew up being told that you were never good enough, this may have lowered your self-esteem. As a result, you may go into your relationships feeling like you’re not good enough for the other person. Individual relationship counseling can help you work on these negative messages from your past and help you see that you are good enough. As a therapist, I can help you process and move forward from these experiences.

    Individual Relationship Counseling Isn’t Only for People in Relationships

    If you’re single, recently out of a relationship, or want to start dating again individual relationship counseling can still be beneficial to you. You don’t have to be in a relationship to work with an individual relationship counselor. In fact, individual relationship counseling isn’t only beneficial for those wanting to learn from or build stronger romantic relationships. It’s also great for those who are wanting to build stronger friendships or healthier relationships with their parents. 

    We have countless different relationships in our lives. Individual relationship counseling can support you through any of them. 

    Begin Individual Relationship Counseling in North Carolina

    As a therapist, I see plenty of people in relationships who are struggling. I understand how difficult it can be to open up and talk about your relationship. But, I also know how beneficial it is to put in this time and effort. Even if your relationship is going well, it can still be helpful to explore these things with a therapist. It may help you to understand yourself and your relationships even more.

    If you’re interested in starting individual relationship counseling, you can follow these steps:

    1. Submit a contact form on my website
    2. Learn more about my therapy services and how individual relationship counseling can benefit you
    3. Gain a better understanding of yourself and of your relationships

    Other Services Offered with Michele Seeley LCMHC

    Struggling to understand relationships is not easy. Struggling to be in relationships can be even harder.

    Photo of a woman sitting on the ground with a laptop taking to someone. This photo represents how Michele Seeley offers individual relationship counseling in high point, NC virtually through online counseling.This can be a difficult and emotional process, which can affect you in more ways than one. Perhaps you have anxiety or depression from your struggles in relationships. That is why at Michele Seeley Counseling Services, I offer other services outside of individual relationship counseling. Let’s begin this journey together to help you find peace and understanding.

    I offer online therapy services to anyone located in North Carolina and Florida.  If you’re ready to start individual relationship counseling, I encourage you to reach out. Remember, you are deserving of support and healing.