The Big R: The Killer of Relationships

Dr. Nicholas Jenner PsyD, MA

In my daily work as a therapist, I deal with couples who are struggling to keep their relationship together. There are many reasons for this and some are more successful than others at working on the issues that divide them. I have found that it really does not matter what the issue is, if the couple are prepared to work together to overcome their problems, then they have a good chance of bringing things onto a good level where the relationship can thrive. The choice is theirs and if they make that choice, individually and mutually (an essential element of therapy), they will move forward together. However, things are never usually that simple and often resistance from one or the other or both can hold the process up and may even stop it all together. Often, while working on the source of that resistance, one can find one common…

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