Managing closeness and connection (VIDEO & TIPS)

2020 has tested couples on many levels. While many of us are spending more time than ever with our partner, under trying circumstances we may not be communicating or listening as well as we should.

When we feel disconnected from our partner or misunderstood, it can often lead to fights. While fighting can be useful to bring an issue to the surface, it won’t necessarily help us feel closer and more connected. We need to know our partner is there for us – it’s vital for our sense of security, and our mental health.

In this video featuring Relationships Australia NSW specialists Megan Solomon and Kerrie James, see how patterns of relating get established and how they can become a problem, what impacts they have on our feelings of closeness and how couples can find a way to get closer when they’re feeling distant. And also, how to build positive connection and when you know it’s time to get professional help.

Then enter your details below to download our handy tip sheet to keep these ideas to hand.

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When is it time to seek professional help?

 It is a good time to see a couple counsellor when:

  • You can no longer drag yourselves out of negative spirals of conflict and long silences and feel that the usual ways you could reach your partner are not working anymore.
  • The communication isn’t getting anywhere, you are not able to progress an issue and are repeating the same discussions with no solutions.
  • You are starting to feel lonely and distant within the relationship, where the other person doesn’t seem as committed to moving closer, and you are having trouble finding your way back to each other.

 If you would like support to work on your conflict/communication/closeness, contact RANSW on 1300 364 277 to make an appointment.

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