Drifting Apart in a Relationship

Maintaining a healthy relationship over time is difficult work for almost every couple. This is because the normal personal growth that each individual experiences as they age can cause a slow sense of drifting apart. The process of drifting apart can be exacerbated when couples or spouses lead substantially different lives, whether because of their careers, their family and friends, their hobbies, or other such factors.

In many cases, it can take couples quite some time before they notice that they are drifting apart. They may see seemingly minor disagreements turn into more substantial arguments, as unnoticed or undiscussed personal changes provide fuel for issues that the couple, in earlier times, might have been able to resolve easily. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize when you and your spouse may be drifting apart in order to address the problem before it becomes too overwhelming. Austin-area couples can turn to Kathleen Snyder, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy, to help them stop growing apart before it is too late.

Signs of Drifting Apart

Although the symptoms of drifting apart may seem like a “phase” to some people, they can actually permanently damage your relationship. There are a number of common warning signs that can suggest that couples are drifting apart, including:

  • Reduced intimacy
  • Lack of communication
  • Spending less time together
  • Arguing over small issues

These and other warning signs may indicate deeper fault lines in the bedrock of your relationship.

Talk About Drifting Apart with an Austin Relationship Counselor

If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationship, including drifting apart, talking with a relationship counselor can be of invaluable assistance. Contact Kathleen Snyder today by calling 512-659-8600 to learn more about what your options may be for addressing this issue, such as conflict resolution and better communication strategies.