How Do You Rate Your Relationships?
Did you know that Friendship Day is celebrated in August? At all ages, friends can play an important role in our lives. As social beings, we have a universal need to feel connected to others, and friends play an important role in fulfilling this need. They allow us to feel less lonely in life and provide us with the opportunity to share our greatest joys as well as our most challenging times. Additionally, research has shown the benefits of friendship on both our physical and psychological health. Positive friendships can have benefits on our self-esteem and sense of belonging. In fact, meaningful friendships can increase our longevity.
Are you content with the quality of your friendships and other intimate relationships? Are they healthy? Do you have trust, open and honest communication, and dependability in these relationships? Do you feel respected, understood, and compassion in these relationships? Can you be your genuine self without feeling judged?
I believe relationships are paramount in our lives. When we struggle with relationships- whether it is with significant others, family members, ourselves, our bodies, or even food- we often experience distress. This distress may take the form of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-injurious behaviors, or disordered eating. I am passionate about helping my clients work through this distress and understand the deeper issues getting in the way of them experiencing positive and fulfilling relationships. After all, when we feel good about our relationships with ourselves and others, we are likely to flourish in all aspects of our lives.
If you or your child is having difficulty making or maintaining positive and satisfying relationships, then it may be beneficial to speak with a professional. Please call us at (215) 491-7570 to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians.