In the midst of COVID-19, many of us are learning that it can be difficult to be cooped up — even when it’s with people that we love and care about more than anything else in the world. Whether you’re working from home with your partner and the kids or the people you live with are out of work, things can start to feel tense. Where there used to be no issues, you’re now noticing that little things are popping up much more regularly.

The good news is that even during a global pandemic, if you’re in need of couples or marriage counseling in Portland, Two Rivers Counseling is here to help. Our online counseling services were specifically designed to provide families with the help they need to navigate through one of the most difficult times in recent history. Learn more below, or contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Are the Little Things Getting You Down?

Here’s the truth — everyone is dealing with stress, frustration, and uncertainty from COVID-19 in different ways. For some, the drive to accomplish everyday tasks has disappeared; for others, a new desire to jump headfirst into work is prevalent. Whatever the case may be for you, it’s important to remember that different people have different coping mechanisms. Add in the fact that you’re largely contained to one space and it can all feel incredibly overwhelming. 

Then, of course, there’s another issue to contend with. How do you keep moving forward when your coping mechanisms are different? For example, what do you do if one partner needs space to process and the other wants to talk things out? 

This is when it becomes vitally important to seek the help of a professional. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to go through this alone. Yes, we live in unique times, but modern technology makes it easier than ever to reach out and get the help you need. 

Personal, Effective Online Counseling

When it comes down to it, the reality is that these issues in our relationships have a tendency to sneak up on us. Add in so much uncertainty and it starts to boil over. That’s what makes it so important to get ahead of the problem as much as possible. Not only will this benefit you in the long run by providing you and your partner with the skills you need to encounter new obstacles, but it can benefit you in the here and now as well.

We said it at the beginning of the post, but it bears repeating — even two people who get along extremely well will likely find something to disagree about when they’re cooped up together. 

It starts easily enough. One person gets frustrated at the way the other is doing something. Then she blows her nose too loud or he won’t take his earphones off while he’s working. There are countless things that can come up to cause us to feel frustrated or annoyed with our partner. When there’s no outlet, it starts to feel like things are spiraling out of control.

Schedule a Counseling Session Today

The good news? Two Rivers Counseling, led by Dr. Jeffrey Post-Holmberg, offers kind, honest, professional, personal therapy that’s designed to help you work through the difficulties that come up in life. Remember that just because you’re experiencing an issue right now doesn’t mean you’re not compatible. It simply means that you may need advice or assistance working through your disagreements and coming up with practical solutions that stand the test of time. 

Being in a relationship is a wonderful and beautiful thing, and even if there is frustration, there is also beauty, joy, and love. There’s something truly incredible about two people who come up against hard times and choose to forge a path forward, emerging stronger because they’ve gone through difficult times together. No matter the reason for your disagreements, there is light at the end of the tunnel and there is hope. By utilizing Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, we’ll work together to put positive patterns of interaction into place, allowing you to encourage one another. 

Have a question? Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!