Relationship problems

Sometimes problems arise in relationships. They can blow over quickly or escalate into more serious or recurrent quarrels. There is help. APPOTEK’s psychologists can offer support, counseling and therapy.


Problems arise in the safest relationships. Financial concerns, uncertainty, stress and jealousy are some things that can lead to conflicts. Sometimes conflicts are not so bad, they raise important issues and bring you closer as you find a way to overcome your difficulties. But it is important to continue to listen to each other. Show that you are engaged when you listen and don’t interrupt, or try to explain your feelings. Good communication can help you to find a solution to almost any problem. But sometimes communication breaks down and conflicts accelerate and professional help is needed.


Here are some symptoms that should raise concern:


  • Resentment   
  • Disrespect
  • Dishonesty
  • Mistrust 
  • Defensiveness
  • Contempt



If you have problems with family relationships, you can contact a family psychologist. The main purpose of couples therapy is to put you and your significant other in a room with a neutral mediator to help you make sense of what’s going on. If you’re having trouble communicating with each other, then the therapist is going to help guide you through talking about it – highlighting your relationship’s strengths, as well as identifying and resolving any pain points. It is a gradual process that requires effort and focus from all three parties. Practice, patience, commitment and open-mindedness are key.

When to consult a doctor

If you are in a situation where your safety or the safety of your family is at risk, talking it over will a therapist will not be sufficient. If you are in a relationship where your spouse displays any of the following signs, please seek professional help immediately:


  • Abuse: verbal, emotional, sexual, spiritual or physical
  • Symptoms of a significant mental illness
  • Major chemical imbalance
  • Addictions
  • Threats to your safety or the safety of your children

How APPOTEK can help

APPOTEK’s psychologists can help with support, counseling and therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT, psychodynamic therapy, and conscious presence are some examples of treatments that can help with relationship problems.


Valeria Chernikova, Neurologist, M.D.