Judith Rosen Counselling & Therapy

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Judy Talks About the Delicate Balance of Relationship

You have met your ideal mate and fallen in love. This new relationship will now fulfill your dreams and complete your life, right?

Unfortunately no, but a “balanced relationship” might have a better chance.

Long term relationship provides a place for us to make a deeply intimate connection, something that most of us long for. But what people often forget is that they also need themselves, their individual selves. The couple can never provide for our individual needs as human beings. Our minds, our bodies and our souls have an individual existence which still needs to be lived.

The best marriages are made up of people who hold a good balance between connection and autonomy. Here each partner attends to their needs as a spouse, to the needs of their spouse, and to their own individual needs. They maintain a balance. When individual needs are not met, the individual dies a little and then, the couple dies, too. Each couple is only as strong as each of its partners in the same way as every chain is only as strong as each of its links. Couples who forget their separateness and only remember their togetherness lose their vitality and their aliveness over time.

On the other hand, couples can lose their balance and become two individuals living together under the same roof with very little between them. Here the couple aspect is diminished. They often say, “We’ve grown apart,” and you can see the loss in their eyes. Sadly, they have lost their connection and the magic that first brought them together. Sometimes couples put the needs of one partner over the other consistently. This, too, deteriorates the relationship.

I work with couples every day helping them to regain their balance and their magic. If you have concerns in this area, please phone me at 604-538-9796.


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