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Relationship Counseling is the process of counseling  the parties in a relationship in an effort to recognize and to better manage or reconcile troublesome differences and repeating patterns of distress. The relationship involved may be between members of a family or a couple,  between employees or employers in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.
Basic Principles

Before a relationship between individuals can begin to be understood, it is important to recognize and acknowledge that each person, including the counselor, has a unique personality, perception, set of values and history. Individuals in the relationship may adhere to different and unexamined value systems.

Most relationships will get strained at some time, resulting in their not functioning optimally and producing self-reinforcing, maladaptive patterns. These patterns may be called negative interaction cycles. There are many possible reasons for this, including insecure attachment, arrogance, jealousy, anger, greed, poor communication/understanding or problem solving, third party influence and so on.

Changes in situations like financial state, physical health, and the influence of other family members can have a profound influence on the conduct, responses and actions of the individuals in a relationship. Relationship influences are reciprocal – it takes each person involved to make and manage problems.

Perceptions and Emotions

A viable solution to the problem and setting these relationships back on track may be to reorient the individuals' perceptions and emotions  - how one looks at or responds to situations and feels about them.

INsideOut explores these objectively and collaboratively through selected assessments. The "Differences to Watch" assessment report generated by The Birkman Method®, highlights where one individual's usual behaviors are not likely to meet another individual's underlying needs. By highlighting these differences, a process of reducing or avoiding the development of abrasive relationships begins, thus allowing the individuals to build bridges of communication and get back to the task of working together for the common good. This approach implies that each person takes equal responsibility for awareness of the problem as it arises, awareness of their own contribution to the problem and making some fundamental changes in thought and action.

INsideOut coaches individuals on how to adopt conscious, structural changes to their interpersonal relationships and evaluates the effectiveness of those changes over time.

Building Trust • Managing Conflict • Achieving Commitment • Embracing Accountability • Focusing on Results
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