1. The Potential Benefits of Couples Therapy

    If you and your spouse or significant other have been contemplating couples therapy here in Northeastern Illinois, you're not alone. Many couples seek out therapy at some point or another in their relationship. Whether you're struggling with communication, intimacy, or simply want to work on strengthening your bond, couples therapy can be very beneficial. Here are just a few potential benefits of …Read More

  2. Tips for Self-Isolating With Your Partner

    Because of the pandemic, many people are sheltering in place, whether by order from their state or local government or as a way to support essential workers during this stressful time. As a result, couples are spending more time together than ever. This presents a unique opportunity to reconnect, particularly for couples who are usually too busy to get quality time. Yet with that opportunity also …Read More

  3. Why Do We Sabotage Love?

    Maybe it’s a character from a romantic comedy, or your best friend from college. Maybe it’s you. Regardless, at one point of another, everyone has witnessed someone sabotaging their chances at love. While it’s common for people to want to find a lasting romantic connection, most relationships fail. As much as we may want to find an enduring commitment, ironically, we may also fear love. This…Read More

  4. Mindfulness Tips for a Happy Relationship

    In this world of meditation apps and yoga studios on every corner, you’ve probably heard about all the incredible benefits of mindfulness for your own well-being. According to research, by turning our attention to the present moment without judgment, we’re able to experience a variety of benefits, including stress reduction, improved heart health, and greater job satisfaction. The benefits of …Read More

  5. Should We Break Up?

    In an ideal world, no one would have to suffer the pain of a break-up. Everyone would meet their match when they are ready for love, and they would proceed to be together forever. But we don’t live in an ideal world. Heartbreak is an unavoidable part of modern dating, and not every relationship is meant to last. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing — there is a lot to be learned from every ro…Read More

  6. The Four Horsemen and What They Mean for Your Relationship

    Relationships can be hard. Depending on your personal romantic experience and the relationships you saw modeled when you were a child, you may find it more difficult than others to communicate with your partner. Yet communication is one of the most important, if not the most important part of a relationship, so you want to make sure you are prioritizing connecting with your partner in an open and …Read More

  7. Are We Ready to Move In Together?

    If you and your partner have been together for a while, you may be wondering if you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level. This may mean that you’re considering moving in together. While sharing a home with the one you love can be a great joy, it also comes with certain risks so it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. Moving in can cause a lot of pressure on a relati…Read More

  8. Supporting Your Partner with PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops after experiencing a traumatic event. If your partner is experiencing PTSD, you may be at a loss for how to help them navigate the difficult symptoms of this disorder. In this blog, we will go over ways you can support your partner with PTSD. Understand PTSD PTSD can make people behave in such a way that seems irratio…Read More

  9. Am I Afraid of Commitment?

    You have probably heard the term “commitment phobe” before. Maybe you know someone who has had a string of one night stands but never deeper relationships, or someone who seems to avoid any situation that could be considered remotely romantic. Maybe you even recognize yourself in one of these descriptions. A romantic relationship is not required to have a meaningful, rich life, but if it’s s…Read More

  10. The Importance of Intimacy in a Relationship

    At New Transitions Counseling Center, we often work with couples and individuals with intimacy issues. Intimacy isn’t easy. It requires showing someone parts of yourself that you prefer to hide from the world, and for many people, due to past trauma or dysfunctional family dynamics, intimacy has always been something to be avoided. That being said, it is absolutely worth the effort to be intimat…Read More