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A lot of couples who come for couples therapy at Evolution Wellness usually cite frustration with their partner as one of the major issues they face. This frustration usually stems from unmet expectations. Our team of caring and compassionate therapists are here to help you learn how to effectively understand and communicate these expectations in a healthy and productive way.

Silhouette of a couple standing with their backs to each other representing a couple with unmet expectations who could benefit from Couples Therapy Wilmington, NC.

Expectations play a huge role in relationship satisfaction, Couples Therapy can help.

Couples who are frustrated say things like ‘You weren’t very supportive of me when I quit my job to freelance’ or ‘You didn’t plan any special activity for our anniversary. Constant frustration can lead to resentment and create an unhappy relationship.

Here are some practical tips to help you reduce frustration towards your partner.


You need to inform your partner of your expectations ahead of time because they can’t read your mind. If you want them to text you more often, or take you on more dates, tell them why it is important to you.

Manage your expectations

Beyond the basic things that are necessary for a happy relationship, decide what’s really important to you and let go of some frivolous things. Remember that your happiness is directly related to your level of expectations. No expectations, no disappointment.


Be grateful for everything that your partner does for you. Appreciate your similarities and differences, and your gratitude will help you unlock a whole new level of love, passion and satisfaction in your relationship.

Don’t keep score

Keeping a mental scorecard of what your partner does or doesn’t do based on your expectations will only cause hurt and frustration. Kill your mental scorecard and remember that if they aren’t aware of your expectations, they can’t possibly live up to them.

Gay couple embracing and smiling at each other representing a relationship that has been strengthened with the help of Couples Therapy in Wilmington, NC.

Accept your partner

Acceptance is key. Love your partner for who they are, not who you imagine them to be. Accepting your partner’s differences and peculiarities, makes them feel safe and respected. Judgment, however, causes them to feel blamed and become defensive.

Understand your partner

Understanding your partner’s personality and motivations could help you be less frustrated when they don’t meet expectations. For example, if they hate sports they’re probably not going to take the initiative to buy you tickets to see your favorite team play unless you’ve told them how important it is to you. Rather than keeping score, aim to understand your partner’s way of seeing the world.

Learn to calm yourself

Controlling your emotions and response when your expectations aren’t met can be the difference between a happy relationship and an unhappy one that’s bound to end. This means you need to take out time to settle and soothe yourself before talking to your partner about it.

What expectations are important to you?

Decide what expectations are important to you, and communicate them to your partner properly. If you are able to accept and appreciate your differences, then you still have a shot at having a loving and fulfilling relationship.

I can help you resolve frustration and anger in your marriage or relationship. If you would like Couples Therapy, please contact me.

African American couple sitting in a therapists office working on managing their relationship expectations through Couples Therapy in Wilmington, NC.

Begin Couples Therapy in Wilmington, NC

Understanding the expectations you have for your relationship and communicating them to your partner effectively can be challenging and lead to feelings of anger and frustration. Couples therapy at Evolution Wellness in North Carolina can make that work a little easier by providing you with a safe nonjudgmental environment to express your expectations with each other. While reaching out for that support can be difficult it will become easier by following these following steps.

  1. Contact our therapy practice at (910) 202-4326
  2. Meet with one of our experienced couples therapists.
  3. Start strengthening your relationship.

Other Services at Evolution Wellness

At our therapy practice in Wilmington, NC we want to meet your and your partner’s mental health needs. We provide services both in-person and through online therapy. Outside of marriage counseling and couples, we provide anxiety treatmentdepression treatment, EMDR therapy for trauma, trauma therapy and PTSD treatment. We support the whole family with teen counseling and family therapy! Our welcoming and compassionate therapists are ready to meet you where you are and help you heal.