At Two Rivers Counseling in Portland, Oregon, we strive to offer professional, personal, and effective counseling. It can be incredibly difficult to figure out how to overcome the challenges that you face in your daily life, but the good news is that our therapist, Dr. Post-Holmberg is here to help you at every step of the way.

As you can probably guess, we are huge advocates for therapy because we believe that talking through your experiences with a trained professional can provide you with an outlook that you might not come to on your own. That’s why in our blog posts, we’d like to extend some general tips that you can implement to make your life run a little bit more smoothly.

In today’s blog, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite tips for maintaining healthy relationships that we think everyone can benefit from. Keep reading to learn more.

What Can You Do To Improve Your Relationships?

Be Honest

One of the absolute best things you can do for a relationship — whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or a relationship with a family member — is to be honest with one another. Of course, it’s important to be tactful during the process. After all, the truth won’t do much good if it comes out during a heated argument.

There’s a lot of value in communicating the truth for both the speaker and the listener, and if you can find the right time to offer it, you’ll both feel that much better. As the old saying goes, honesty is the best policy.

Spend Time Together

Never underestimate the value of spending time with one another. In many instances, it doesn’t even matter what you’re doing. Whether you decide to sit on the couch and watch a movie with one another, go out to eat at the new restaurant, or take a walk together in your favorite outdoor space, there’s something about occupying the same space that helps a relationship to grow.

Finding quality time can be a big challenge in this day and age, but no matter what it is that you’re doing with the person you care about, you’ll find that spending a healthy amount of time together does wonders for your relationship.

Communicate Effectively

Strong and frequent communication is a necessary ingredient in the recipe for a healthy relationship. We already mentioned honesty, but it’s also important to communicate your needs. Do you love it when your partner puts her hand on your hand while you’re in the car? Let her know! Does it make you light up when he calls you a certain nickname? Tell him!

Although there are many aspects of good communication, the key is to make it a point to communicate regularly. Even if it’s something as simple as sharing about what’s going on at work or talking about what you heard in a podcast, communicating about what’s going on outside of your relationship is a wonderful thing.

Are You Searching for a Portland Counselor?

At the end of the day, whether you’re seeking men’s counseling to help you work through an issue or you’re in need of couples counseling to assist you in overcoming a hurdle that you can’t make it over on your own, Dr. Post-Holmberg is here to lend a helping hand. As much as the tips above can help to contribute to a great relationship, sometimes the best thing you can do to grow as an individual or as a couple is to seek professional help.

At Two Rivers Counseling, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to overcome life’s challenges. Whether you’re dealing with the after effects of a traumatic event that you experienced in the past or you’re currently working through a situation that has thrown you and your partner for a loop, you can count on kind, compassionate care. When you need to find a therapist, it can be hard to know where to start looking. Our advice is to explore our website because you can find information about Dr. Post-Holmberg’s approach to counseling as well as what you need to know about getting started, information on wellness visits, and more.

Ready to get started? Call today for a free 15-minute initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!