If we read magazines and self-help books we get confusing messages which often contradict each other: like being told to be open and honest and to 'play the dating game', or to try to make yourself attractive and to look for someone who doesn't care about appearance. Newspaper articles tell us about new ways of doing relationships like serial monogamy, or Bridget Jones style singledom, open or multiple relationships, or forming relationship contracts.
Many people who are alone long for a relationship, people who are together struggle with how they should manage their differences and whether they should stay together, and break-ups can be an extremely painful and confusing time where we wonder whether we are somehow getting it 'wrong'. But a lot of the time we feel we have to present a happy face to the rest of the world and not let them know that we feel lonely or that our relationship isn't perfect. Relationship therapy is one place that we can go, alone or in a couple, if we want to talk about these kinds of concerns and have discussions about how we want to relate to each other.
You can find some general advice about what to do if there is conflict in your relationship in the downloadable PDF.