Issues with Friendships

Issues with friendships can have significant affects because friendships are such an important part of most people’s lives.


Our friendships are among the most valuable relationships we have.  We may gain in different ways from different friendships: we may talk to friends in confidence about things we wouldn’t discuss with our families.  Our friends can keep us grounded and can help us put things in perspective, and friends form one of the foundations of our ability to cope with the problems that life throws at us.  Not to mention that spending time with good friends can be a great source of laughter, fun and companionship.

However, sometimes managing and navigating existing and new friendships can be difficult and the effects can be quite significant in our lives.  Every friendship has a different trajectory based on a unique mix of personalities, circumstances and history. When a serious problem appears in a friendship, it’s generally unexpected, disappointing and very uncomfortable to deal with.

Friendships change and sometimes they fade away or end abruptly, and it can be upsetting and confusing to lose friends that mean a lot to us.

School can be a difficult place for young people to navigate the social and cultural expectations of different friends.  Workplaces friendships can also be challenging at times, and as we get older, some people find it more difficult to establish new friendships as well.

If you are experiencing issues with existing friends or friendship groups, or perhaps you’re having trouble letting go of friendships that are no longer positively impacting on your life, the Aspire team can help.  If you want to improve the quality and nature of your friendships, speaking to an experienced psychologist can be very beneficial. They can assist you to gain a deeper understanding of the issues themselves, as well as strategies to overcome any barriers, and help you to establish and maintain friendships that are both positive and meaningful to all parties.

The psychologists at Aspire Health & Psychology in Newport use a number of different techniques and interventions to assist clients experiencing issues with friendships.  These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.

To make an appointment with one of the psychologists at Aspire, please call (03) 9391 9866.


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