Relationships

Marriage & Relationship Counseling

Having strong relationships with our loved ones is crucial for a fulfilling life. We form connections with those we are close to, including family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Our relationships with our partners, parents, and children are especially important. However, expat life can put a strain on these relationships, causing tension and stress. This is particularly true for couples, who may experience conflict due to the challenges of the expat lifestyle. It’s important to recognize and address these issues to maintain healthy relationships with those closest to us.

Common Stuff that Couples Frequently Argue About:

  • Division of household responsibilities (by far the most common)

  • Communication skills

  • Kids

  • Money

  • Sex

  • Substance use and abuse

  • Physical and mental health problems

  • Growing apart

  • Current and prospective living locations

  • Trailing Spouse stuff

In a relationship, usually, both parties are responsible for conflict. Without help, these arguments keep occurring without resolution. Perhaps, you’re embarrassed to talk to your friends about your relationship problems. Or, it doesn’t feel right to burden your family with this stuff. Counseling sessions with an online licensed therapist can get you back to a healthy relationship.

Marriage Counseling & Relationship Therapy is a Neutral Space

Couples therapy and marriage counseling can be highly effective because the therapist looks at the situation with fresh eyes and does not have a vested interest in either party “winning.” In online couples therapy, you can get the productive support you need to improve your marriage or any other meaningful relationships you may have. During sessions, you’ll work through past issues, learn better ways to communicate your needs and handle disagreements, and develop the skills to cope with the unique challenges that living abroad can create.

If you’re considering separation or divorce, having an open and honest discussion with your partner in therapy can be incredibly valuable, even if you ultimately decide to part ways. Learning how to communicate amicably can greatly benefit you, especially if you have children together. Regardless of your goals, a skilled online marriage counselor can help you navigate this difficult process with greater ease and success. Take the first step towards a more fulfilling and harmonious life today.

Improving The Relationship

One reason couples relationship counseling is so successful is that your therapist has a fresh perspective. While exploring your relationship in therapy, your therapist creates can be a much more productive place to improve your marriage or partnership.

Furthermore, they can also help you improve any other important relationships that may be suffering. During therapy, you will work on resolving past hurt, learn how to communicate your needs and wants in a more productive way, learn how to handle disagreements and hurt feelings, and cope with the challenges of expat life.

Considering separation or divorce? Seek help from an online couples therapist. Honest, productive discussions during therapy can be greatly beneficial to you and your partner. Learning how to communicate better even in the midst of separation or divorce can help achieve goals such as co-parenting together or minimizing trauma and expenses from legal proceedings. Remember that these skills can also be useful in your future relationships and can greatly benefit your children. 

Healing Yourself Through Online Therapy Improves Your Relationships With others

You can improve your relationship, even if your partner won’t participate in therapy with you.

Attending online therapy together is ideal, but if your partner doesn’t want to participate, it’s okay to still go solo. Speaking with a therapist by yourself gives you a chance to reflect on yourself and better understand your thoughts, emotions, and actions. The skills you gain in therapy are useful not just in personal relationships but also in professional ones. Therapy enables you to identify your strengths and weaknesses in self-awareness, self-advocacy, and communication, and it helps you address the issues that stemmed from childhood. Through therapy, you learn how to manage difficult conversations and better identify your own limitations.

Begin Marriage & Relationship Counseling With A Loved One

Online relationship therapy can help you care and nurture your relationship as you and your partner navigate the unique challenges and joys of expat life. 

  1. Fill out our contact form. Once you have submitted it we will follow up with you shortly to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

  2. Meet with either Christine Boender, LCSW or Derika de Villiers, MA, HPCSA who are expats themselves specializing in relationship therapy.

  3. Improve your relationship with your spouse or partner and enjoy the beauty of your host country together!

Other Mental Health Services at Apricity Expat Therapy

Apricity Expat Therapy is an international online therapy practice that is committed to providing expats with the highest quality counseling services. We offer online therapy to help you cope with a variety of concerns including compassion fatigue, being a trailing spouse, transition stress, moral injury, expat anxiety, cultural adjustment issues, trauma, depression, self-esteem, grief, and religious trauma. For articles on expat lifestyle and mental health, visit our blog. To begin online therapy and rediscover your sense of adventure, please reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!