Being connected to other people can be a source of great pleasure and comfort. Inevitably, however, our relationships with others will also be a significant cause of stress, worry, or confusion in our lives from time to time. Even being without certain types of relationships – being lonely, being bereaved, being unemployed – can be a source of stress and unhappiness.
You have relationships with your family, your friends, your roommates, your teachers, your classmates, your boss, your coworkers, people you only know online, people you’ve barely met, and people you might meet in the future. All those points of human contact are potential sources of positive or negative experiences in the course of your day. When you're in conflict with significant people in your life, when you're feeling misunderstood by them, missing them, not wanting to disappoint them, or worrying about them, it can take a toll on you. Group therapy is often the most effective treatment for these concerns.
Of course, “relationship” can also refer to your romantic partnership. When there is serious tension or ongoing conflict in this relationship, it can make you worried, distracted, miserable, and unproductive. At UHS, we often help students who are having issues with some relationship in their lives, including helping couples/partners. If you need our help, call for an appointment at 608-265-5600.