Intimacy problems widely occur behind a variety of closed doors. Conflicts may include a loss of harmony between the sheets, a lack of sexual desire between either partners or failure in communication. There are often psychological factors that may contribute to a sexual disorder such as erectile dysfunction, or a lowered desire after a new mother has given birth. Intimacy issues are common, but if one or more become severe and there is no resolution in sight, it may be time to seek therapy for guidance.
Steps to take for treating intimacy issues begin with:
• Therapy that allows couples to express themselves in a safe environment with a trusted and supportive professional.
• Relationship Counseling: healthy relationships require strong connections and time to build trust. Whatever the issue may be, a counselor can work with individuals together or separate to overcome the problem.
More detailed information on difficulties couples experience is listed below:
Intimate Relationship Conflict Behaviors:
- Frequent or continual arguing with partner.
- Lack of communication with partner.
- A pattern of angry projection of responsibility for the conflicts onto partner.
- Marital separation.
- Pending divorce.
- Involvement in multiple intimate relationships at the same time.
- Physical and/or verbal abuse in the relationship.
- A pattern of superficial or no communication, infrequent or no sexual contact, excessive involvement in activities (work or recreation) that allows for avoidance of closeness to the partner.
- A pattern of repeated broken, conflicted relationships due to the lack of problem-solving skills, maintaining a trust relationship, or choosing abusive or dysfunctional partners