A course of counselling sessions will help you to explore where a relationship is faltering and to look for solutions.
However, it is a fact of life that people fall in and out of love and that some relationships have a limited shelf-life. Often one partner may try to hang onto a relationship whilst the other struggles to break free. In such circumstances both partners may need help, support and guidance.
Relationships require commitment and effort to sustain. Many of us are unhappy; even desperate and frightened, because the relationship we find ourselves in is the wrong one for us. Where mutual commitment exists, no relationship should be allowed to die without an attempt to make it work.
Relationship problems can be complicated by children - often a child having been planned as an attempt to ‘fix’ a fractured relationship. All relationships may suffer from unfaithfulness, lack of intimacy, or even violence, verbal and/or psychological abuse. GLBT relationships can struggle with exactly the same issues.
If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, you will very likely be afraid to talk about it. This is an extremely serious problem and can lead to very tragic consequences. The guiding principle is that you do not accept the unacceptable. Gender makes no difference to abuse. Men can suffer abuse from women too. It is an age old problem that rarely gets much press but is devastating to relationships.
On the other hand you may feel that you are the guilty party. Maybe you have had the affair or string of affairs. Maybe you are the one who is being abusive or threatening in the relationship.