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When geography is the problem - the impact of displacement on intimate relationships

Australians love to travel overseas! We tend to do this in our twenties - see the world, and maybe meet our life partner while we're there. What happens next can be a challenge. Do we live in my partner's country, move back to Australia, or live somewhere else where neither of us are from?

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"We never have sex anymore" - what's going on?

Many couples who have been together for a long time have difficulties in maintaining a healthy sex life. The reasons are many and varied, of course, and can include:-

* changes in body image and sexual confidence due to pregnancy and childbirth

* lack of energy due to the demands of work and parenting

* the challenges of keeping sexual intimacy fresh and exciting with the same person over time

* dissatisfaction in other areas of the relationship that mean one (or both) no longer feel like being intimate, sexually or otherwise.

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Setting healthy limits in your relationship - what gets in the way?

Most of us would agree that it's a good thing to be able to negotiate what is and isn't OK in your relationship. This may include anything from how we behave with other people we may be attracted to, or who may be attracted to us, to the more mundane level of who does what at home (housework, parenting etc). 

But many people find it difficult to either make these agreements in the first place, or once they have been made, to stick with them, or to enforce them when they have been breached.

So what gets in the way?

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