relationship issues

In addition to the half of U.S. adults who were married, 7% were cohabiting in 2016. The number of Americans living with an unmarried partner reached about 18 million in 2016, up 29% since 2007. Roughly half of cohabiters are younger than 35, but cohabitation is rising most quickly among Americans ages 50 and older.

Relationships and connections to others are inevitable in everyday life. With such a large variety of different types of relationships, there are bound to be relationship issues that arise. There is no one, single cause for relationship problems, but a number of factors can play a part. Family and upbringing can play an important role in future relationships. People whose parents divorced are more likely to experience relationship breakdowns than those whose parents remained together. Seeing high levels of conflict during childhood and adolescence or experiencing abuse in the early years has been linked to relationship problems later in life as well. Life transitions, such as moving from living together to being married, having a baby, children leaving home, and moving into retirement can put strain on a relationship. If you find yourself struggling with any kind of relationship, whether that is with a significant other, a family member, or a friend, it may be time to get help.

Therapy at CARE Counseling for relationship issues may include working on addressing the way you think about yourself, others, and the relationship itself. Additionally, patterns of behavior and interactions may be explored to help you process through what is going on that may be difficult to deal with, and how to begin changing those patterns.

common relationship issues

Communication problems

Conflicts about child rearing or blended families

Substance abuse

Sexual difficulties



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