Intimacy Issues

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Intimacy occurs within a relationship when people share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in order to feel closer to one another. Intimacy creates trust, acceptance, validation, and a mutual giving and receiving of emotional support. In a romantic context, that emotional connection may extend to physical touching and sex. 

Intimacy issues can include sexual problems, such as painful intercourse, sexual dysfunction, lack of desire, or emotional or physical infidelity. Common intimacy issues also include fear of abandonment, fear of losing one’s self, inability to commit, addictive behaviors, generational trauma, and difficulty communicating.

Intimacy issues that may develop in a relationship include a lack of touch or of communication; emotional neglect, rejection, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, trauma, or substance abuse. The stresses of work and family life may also add to intimacy problems. Or, childhood experiences may lead to difficulties connecting in adult relationships. 

Unresolved intimacy issues may lead to depression, isolation, emotional dissatisfaction, loneliness, or behaviors that sabotage relationships and self-care. Co-existing conditions, such as mood disorders, anxiety, stress, medication side effects, and physical illnesses or injuries can also contribute to difficulties building intimacy. 

Consider working with a counselor who specializes in addressing intimacy issues in a culturally competent, nonjudgmental space to help you start the process of establishing trust, boundaries, self-worth, and asking for what you need to build a healthy relationship!

Common Challenges

  • stress 
  • infidelity
  • trauma
  • isolation
  • fear of abandonment

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How does Lifeologie help?

Discuss your concerns with our client care team.

When you reach out to Lifeologie, you’ll be connected with one of our intake specialists. In a “call center?” No way. Our specialists are based in our local Lifeologie offices and know the counselors well. Their entire job is to learn about you and what you’re looking for and to match you with the counselor who will be the very best fit for your needs and preferences.

Find a counselor who is passionate about helping you reach your mental health goals.

Lifeologists are counselors, life coaches and overall wellness advocates who are experts and specialists in their craft. From EMDR to nutrition coaching, brain spotting to play therapy, we have you covered. Even our offices are carefully curated to feel modern, comfortable and inviting. Counseling at Lifeologie is not your typical counseling experience – in any way.

Receive continuous support and guidance as you go on your mental health journey.

Your counselor at Lifeologie will meet you wherever you are, whether you’re just starting in counseling for the first time ever… or returning to a life-long counseling journey after a break. Your Lifeologist will partner with you to meet your goals. Wherever you are, we come alongside and help you move forward!


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Lifeologie Institute was founded in 2000 with one goal in mind — to bring a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Creative solutions to stuck problems. With our unique multi-specialty, collaborative approach, Lifeologie helps individuals and families heal their wounds and break out of old, unhealthy patterns.