Managing Couple Conflict (VIDEO & TIPS)

Recent national and world events such as bushfires, droughts, floods and COVID-19 have challenged couples on many levels. While adversity can bring us together and remind us of our relational strengths, couples who were already experiencing trouble in their relationship could have found even more to argue about.

This interview below, featuring Relationships Australia NSW CEO Elisabeth Shaw and specialist Megan Solomon, explains why conflict occurs and why it is difficult to resolve, as well as useful tips for couples who are stuck in repeated cycles of conflict. Watch the video to learn about ways to manage couple conflict and 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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