Relationship Therapy

People define relationships in many different ways, but for a relationship to be healthy you need:

  • Trust
  • Safe Communication
  • Boundaries
  • Mutual respect


David Schroat: Relationship Therapist in Ann Arbor

Healthy - Unhealthy - Abusive Relationship Continuum

A healthy relationship means both you and your partner are:

  • Safely Communicating
    Openly and listen to each other
  • Trusting
    No need to prove trust
  • Mutual Respect
    Value each other as you are
  • Boundaries
    Everyone has the right to privacy and the right is respected.

You may be in an unhealthy relationship if one or more partners is:

  • Not Communicating
    Avoid or frequently argue
  • Not Trusting
    Feeling entitled to invade privacy
  • Disrespect
    Not considerate of partner
    Partner often feels offended.
  • Boundaries are threatening
    Privacy is questioned and causes suspicion and anger in partner.

Abuse is occurring in a relationship one partner:

  • Communicates
    with threats, insults, hurtful
  • Accusations of cheating
    Accusations may include threat or violence. Frequent jealousy.
  • Mistreats the other partner
    Lack of respect for partner's thoughts, feelings, decisions or their physical safety.
  • No Boundaries are tolerated
    Privacy is violated without consent, and may cause threat of violence.
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