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Relationship Counseling & Depression

Relationship counseling, also called couples therapy or couples’ counseling, can become difficult when a partner is dealing with depression. While this type of counseling helps couples of all types to explore, recognize, and resolve conflicts in an effort to improve their relationships and interactions, depression can be like having a third partner in the relationship.

The Need for Relationship Counseling or Couples Counseling when depression is present

Relationships are built on mutually respectful love. It is almost impossible for a partner to relate to the hopelessness and lack of energy caused by depression if one person is constantly hurting. Many people think of Relationship counseling as beneficial for couples on the verge of divorcing or those with a significant distance between them. Depression can feel like an insurmountable barrier between a partner and themselves. You can help your partner with depression to feel safe in a marriage.

Your Third Person in a Marriage

People in relationship counseling often describe depression as something that takes their energy and feelings away. Many people feel like they live with a parasite. Depression can make one partner feel helpless and lost when it is combined with the other partner. It’s as if there is another partner with depression, and they want to be apart. It is difficult for one person to openly talk to the other about their concerns and special needs. Both partners can talk about their feelings and concerns in Relationship counseling. This is a safe place for them to share their thoughts with someone who can clarify what they are really saying.

Speaking out about your feelings, concerns, and needs in Relationship Counseling with Depression Present

People with depression are often reluctant to talk about it. This could be for many reasons. These are:

  • They have been shamed in the recent past when they expressed their feelings
  • They were treated with disrespect or disregard.
  • They aren’t sure you can handle their problems.
  • They don’t know what to say.
  • They no longer feel anything.
  • They fear they will scare you away.
  • They pretend that their depression isn’t an issue in your marriage.
  • Try sending a positive message to your partner by taking them to Relationship counseling.

By acknowledging their depression during relationship counseling, you are letting them know that you will be there for them whenever they need you. Because people with depression require a special partner, you are showing your commitment to being a good partner.

Learn how to be the best partner you can

When getting started with relationship counseling, depression in one partner often means they require extra care beyond what the couple is used to. Sometimes it can be difficult for you to establish a line of communication with your partner.

Be careful not to criticize your partner for their depression during relationship counseling. View it as an opportunity to learn the skills that you need to help your partner. Each person suffering from depression has different needs. A professional can help guide you in a discussion about your specific needs.

Make depression an open factor in your relationship

It doesn’t mean you don’t love your partner if they have depression. Your partner may not even be ashamed of having depression. Although it may often be an issue in your relationship, it can be a positive experience for you to openly discuss it and to learn how to show concern and care without being pushy or offensive.

We can help you and your partner if you are suffering from depression that is affecting your marriage. Contact us here to start relationship counseling to strengthen your marriage.

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What to Bring and What to Expect at relationship counseling

Once you’ve completed your paperwork online, you can expect to be in the office for approximately an hour. You may want to block a little extra time off of your schedule to contend with traffic, etc.  Everyone goes through a tough time, but if you’re dedicated to your relationship, we can help.


Payment for Relationship Counseling

We are happy to accept all credit cards and cash for your convenience.  We do not take checks.

Sliding fee schedules, payment plans, late night and weekend hours make our facility available to those required to have Individual Counseling by Pinellas County authorities.  We work closely with probation, city, and county officials to get you the help you need when you need it.

Hours of Operation:
Monday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

COVID-19 Update Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, we are taking extra precautions

We are prepared 

We are committed to providing safe and professional services to our customers. The service we provide can be of importance even during natural disasters or global pandemics, like the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have business continuity plans in place, so our teams can handle challenges and perform their work during difficult situations. 


Extra safety precautions

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 growing in our service territory, our employees are taking extra safety precautions to protect you and the public at large. When work requires us to be in close contact with a customer, we will take the following steps: 

  • We will ask customers if anyone at home is under self-isolation for the COVID-19 virus or experiencing flu-like symptoms. 
  • If a customer is under self-isolation for the COVID-19 virus, we will postpone the work until after the customer's isolation period ends. 
  • If the work must be completed, we will attempt to complete sessions via phone, video, etc. This is a step we are taking out of an abundance of caution.
  • If a customer requests that our employees wear a face mask or gloves, they will comply whenever possible and practical. 

Steps you can take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash if a tissue is not available. Cough or sneeze into the sleeve of your shirt or elbow – not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Minimize contact with people who are coughing or look ill.
  • Consider your travel plans and check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for outbreak updates.