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Relationship Help and How to Become Intimate Again

Over time, relationships can change, and a lack of affection may cause intimacy issues. There are ways to rekindle the intimacy that was once there. Intimacy is a profound closeness with another person that can be restored.

Getting back on track with your partner starts with the willingness to want to rebuild and rekindle the intimacy that has faded over time. Being open-minded and willing to listen to what your partner’s needs are, creates that bridge that connects you.

General Relationship Help

Communication is a critical factor in strengthening the bond between two people. This factor, along with empathy and understanding, as well as compassion, are must-haves for a strong foundation of the relationship itself.

Often, without knowing it, we bring expectations to relationships without expressing them to our partner. We end up expecting what we previously had the chance to learn, and we then make assumptions based on our relationship history.

Listening to your partner, not only with an open mind but also with empathy will reinforce the feeling that you care enough to take their thoughts and feelings seriously. Instead of focusing on how their words are affecting you, change your focus to them and their emotions, which will create a welcome atmosphere to help your relationship strengthen.

Intimacy fades for many reasons, but to rebuild it, besides communication, empathy, understanding, and compassion that we give to our partner, we must also work on not holding on to grudges and playing the “blame game” which only drives intimacy farther away from us.

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Talk Therapy and Sessions for Affection Issues

A very healthy way to help with all these components is through talk therapy and sessions with a therapist that can help couples connect the dots easier than if they were to try and do this on their own. Having a third-party professional assisting your relationship in a safe and supportive environment can help strengthen communication and emotional bonds.

Finding help for relationship intimacy issues can be done by utilizing qualified methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy. With these powerful tools, intimacy issues can be worked through by addressing recurring patterns of behavior.

CBT works with the conscious part of the mind, and NLP works with the unconscious part, so utilizing both forms of therapy together helps create a balanced and complete treatment. While CBT focuses on the issues in the present, NLP helps to change the underlying patterns so the problems do not reappear. Both CBT and NLP believe our thoughts influence our emotions and behavior, so working directly with our innermost thoughts can help our behavioral affection issues.

Lack of affection in relationships may occur if a person doesn’t want to show love out of fear of rejection. This fear might stem from a particular memory as far back as childhood. Working through those fears by talking in therapy sessions will help alleviate and put those fears to rest, which further helps the relationship for both partners involved.

On the other hand, there are also those that don’t respond well to receiving affection which may stem from previous life experiences around rejection, or from deeper issues around childhood trauma, so being loved may trigger memories of painful childhood experiences.

Affection issues arise from a multitude of causes, and one of the key ways to work through these issues is to seek help, either with your primary care physician or with your therapist. A therapist can help your relationship, its ups and downs, and provide guidance, and tools, for both you and your partner to thrive.

Approaching Deeper Intimacy Issues Including PE

When approaching deeper intimacy issues, including premature ejaculation (PE), having a trained professional on hand, is imperative. As with all potentially medical issues, we strongly advise you to consult with your primary care physician in conjunction with your therapy sessions to help uncover any underlying health causes. Discussing deeper feelings and getting PE treatment involves dealing with potential anxiety issues as anxiety is a common feature of PE.

Anxiety creates a more excitable nervous system, thus making PE more prone to occur. A therapist will help shed light on the core causes of the anxiety that is causing the PE to occur. These core issues in the relationship can be addressed and resolved, which will lead to a freer and healthier sexual experience for both partners to enjoy.

At Miami Hypnosis & Therapy, we offer a variety of solutions to help relationships repair and rekindle the intimacy that was once there. Take the first step and reignite the flame that has diminished over time. Let us help give you the tools needed to transform your relationship, and deepen your emotional bond by booking an appointment today!

Anna Marchenko

Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M. is the principal therapist at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from NYU and dual masters degrees from Columbia University. Marchenko’s hypnosis certification is from the only hypnosis program in Florida that has been certified by the state’s Board of Education. She helps her clients by utilizing an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailored to each individual’s mental health journey, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP therapy, EMDR, and more.

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