Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sees our thoughts, feelings and behaviors as significant in maintaining difficulties. I often work with people whose problems are related to their relationships which has contributed to unwanted emotional and behavioral responses. After finding out more about the nature and origin of an individuals relationship difficulties, what becomes apparent is that the relationship difficulties may go beyond the relationship itself. There's
often links to the clients past/ upbringing, their sense of self/ self esteem and expectations of others. In her article, Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. outlines 3 important factors to consider in understanding why relationships and those close to us can cause intense emotional and physical reactions.