“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful”

Sigmund Freud

Relationships take a lot of work, patience and dedication.  Sadly, nearly half of all marriages in the United States will end in separation or divorce.  Relationship disappointments, miscommunication and monotony are some of the most common reasons marriages fail.

Whether you have been married for decades or are a new couple exploring the possibility of a long term relationship, marriage counseling and couples counseling can help strengthen your bond and renew your appreciation for one another.  When working with a couple in either marriage counseling or couples counseling, Dr. Susan Pazak stresses that it is important for each person to invest time and energy in themselves because if you do not love yourself, it is going to be very difficult to receive the love of anyone else.  She also outlines seven skills that help foster a successful relationship:

  1. Know and understand your own strengths and weaknesses
  2. Resolve conflicts and learn to agree
  3. Increase your overall level of confidence
  4. Make sure you give and receive love
  5. Identify key traits you desire in a mate
  6. Make a plan for success
  7. And, most importantly…enjoy the journey!

Additional factors that can compromise a relationship include addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, inability to forgive and infidelity.  The good news is that Dr. Susan can also provide assistance in all of these areas, including addiction counseling and symptom reduction.

Have you had a series of relationship disappointments or are in an unsatisfying marriage?  If so, Dr. Susan’s couples counseling or marriage counseling sessions can help get you and your significant other on the road to a happy, healthy, long term relationship.  Schedule your appointment with Dr. Susan today.

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