Christian Counseling For Relationship Issues

Do you find your friendships to be largely superficial? Are you struggling to overcome past hurt that is having present effects on your marriage? Do you find it tough to communicate with other people in a meaningful way?

Most people want relationships with others, but it can be difficult to build and maintain deep relationships. Christian relationship counseling can help you establish and nurture the relationships you desire.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Christian Counseling for Relationship Issues:

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Though we do offer marriage counseling and couples counseling in Santa Monica, we realize that marital and/or romantic relationships are not the only kinds of relationships that can have problems. Parents and children, siblings, friends, and co-workers can all experience relationship issues as well.

Relationship issues can be caused by a wide variety of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Personal problems
  • Emotional wounds in your past
  • Addiction
  • Family of origin issues
  • Improper self-image (whether good or bad)
  • Physical health issues
  • Fear

We offer counseling for all kinds of relationship issues, ranging from anger and irritation to infidelity and abuse. No matter what problems you’re facing, we can help. Contact us by calling (424) 361-6197 to schedule an appointment.

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When you begin counseling for relationship issues at Santa Monica Christian Counseling, you can expect to learn not only how to have and maintain healthy relationships but your counselor will also guide you into a deeper understanding of other aspects of relationships.

Our desire for you is that you learn:

  • how to construct and maintain a healthy relationship
  • how to make friends and how to be a good friend
  • how to build and encourage healthy family relationships
  • what barriers may be preventing you from developing close relationships
  • how to heal from fear and emotional wounds
  • how to strengthen your relationship with Christ

Regardless of what type of relationship counseling you need, Santa Monica Christian Counseling can help.

Trust is crucial to any relationship. Without trust, a relationship is doomed to fail. Motives and actions will be constantly questioned, and challenges will be seen either as opportunities to get ahead or as opportunities for betrayal.

With trust, however, a relationship can withstand almost any blow. When there is genuine trust in a relationship, the partners (whether marital, business, or otherwise) can work together to face problems and challenges, knowing that the other person has their back. Trust brings a sense of freedom to a relationship that means you don’t always have to be on your guard because you can trust the other person to do what is right for the relationship.

Here are some tips for building trust in your relationships:

Practice open and effective communication 

Communication should be honest between you and your partner. That means that there should be no hidden agendas or secrets between the two of you that the other has the right to know about. This does not necessarily mean that you should tell your partner every secret of your life, but it does mean that any secret that could possibly affect the relationship should be willing to be told.

More than just honest, however, communication needs to be effective. That is, it should be more than just talking past each other or talking to the air. To have effective communication you need to take the time to make sure that you are both understanding and being understood.

Practice personal integrity

One of the most important ways that you can build trust in a relationship is to be trustworthy. It is often said that “honesty is the best policy,” but the truth is that honesty should be the only policy. One should never engage in lies, deceit, cheating, agendas, or malice, which all destroy trust.

Practice humility

Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

It is difficult to trust someone who thinks highly of themselves. Perfection is unattainable in this life, so for you to act as if you are God’s gift to humanity is not only presumptuous but sinful.

Be a person who is characterized by a humble admission of their faults and weaknesses. Not only will this help others trust you, but it will also prevent you from expecting perfection from them.

Practice forgiveness

Forgiveness is crucial to trust in a relationship. Failure to forgive will likely cause the other person to hide their mistakes and sins behind a wall of silence and fear. If you would be forgiven, Jesus tells us, you must forgive (Matthew 6:15).

These are just a few tips for building trust in a relationship. To get more comprehensive guidance on how to establish (or re-establish) trust in a relationship, call Santa Monica Christian Counseling at (424) 361-6197 to schedule an appointment.

The counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling will help you discover your true value and worth in God’s eyes. As your self-image begins to more closely align with that of God’s Word, you will learn to trust others.

Improving your interpersonal communication skills can help you avoid quite a number of relationship issues. Here are a few tips to help you learn how to better communicate with family, friends, and coworkers:

  • Practice listening and understanding
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Be open and honest

If you need help understanding how to implement these in your own life and relationships, call Santa Monica Christian Counseling at (424) 361-6197 to schedule an initial risk-free session.

Santa Monica Christian Counseling offers counseling for individuals, couples, and families – both traditional and blended. We understand the struggles that blended families can face and we are committed to helping you overcome them.

Making friends can be tough for those who tend to be shy or introverted, but even extroverts can struggle in this area. The counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling can help you take a look at yourself and discover what might be getting in the way of you making new friends. They can help you overcome those obstacles and learn to build lasting friendships.

As human beings, we were created for relationship but because of sin in the world, relationships often don’t work the way that God intended. Everything from poor communication and small irritations on the one hand to infidelity and abuse on the other, sin corrupts even our most precious relationships. If you need help navigating the maze of relationships, call Santa Monica Christian Counseling at (424) 361-6197. We will come alongside you and help you work through whatever relationship issues you may be experiencing.

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