Our lives are full of all different types of relationships and our daily thoughts, feelings and actions are often a direct result of these relationships. Relationships fulfill us by offering us security, comfort, excitement, joy, fun and love; but relationships can also lead to negative feelings and behaviors when they are not functioning at their optimum level.
Solution-Focused and Goal-Oriented coaching techniques focus on creating healthy and thriving relationships through positivity, mindfulness, communication and cooperation. Relationship Coaching can be done with small groups, pairs or individually. Here are four areas that Relationship Coaching may benefit you (and those around you).
1. Romantic Relationships: Relationship Coaching for couples is an effective way to address issues surrounding conflict resolution, communication, emotional connection, and sexual satisfaction and intimacy. Maintaining a positive and solution-focused approach to deepening your connection will allow your relationship to thrive and grow by developing active listening skills, learning how to clearly express needs, creating constructive and respectful approaches to problem solving and improving your day to day interactions.
2. Parent/Child Relationships: As children hit their tween and teen years, communication and connection between parents and children can drastically change. While children begin to develop a greater need for autonomy and independence, parents may feel pushed away and ineffective. If communication between parent and child deteriorates to the point that isolation, disrespect and defiance become issues, parents may feel ill-equipped to manage the situation on their own. My goal-oriented and solution-focused methods address these issues and provide both parents and children the skills necessary to create a healthier dynamic in which both parties will feel heard, respected, validated and understood.
3. Workplace Relationships: We spend a great deal of our waking hours at work and around our co-workers. In fact, most of us spend more hours per day with our colleagues than with our spouses or children. Workplace issues including gossip, jealousy, competition, sabotage or even simple personality conflicts can make the work environment feel toxic and uncomfortable. This type of unhealthy environment can affect your productivity, as well as your overall emotional and physical health. Solution-Focused Relationship Coaching in this arena focuses on developing an atmosphere of mutual respect, team-building, as well as active listening and communication skills.
4. Personal Relationships: As human beings, we all want to feel connected and accepted. Are you wanting to feel closer to others, but struggle to create and maintain friendships and intimate relationships? Do you feel awkward in social situations, but long to be more social? If you answered yes to those questions, personal relationship coaching may be for you. Social skills do not come naturally to everybody, but the good news is with coaching and practice you can learn new skills, improve your current communication skills and begin to create the meaningful and satisfying relationships you deserve.
Coaching can be done in person or virtually, so contact me today and start your journey of personal growth to improve yourself and your relationships!
About the author:
Michelle Fraley, MA, WPCC is a relationship coach and professional matchmaker and founder and owner of Spark Matchmaking & Relationship Coaching, LLC. Her mission to help people connect and maintain healthy and satisfying relationships using mindfulness and intentional love. She lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and 4 fur babies.
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