Relationships

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Creating Fondness in Relationships

I often hear statements from one partner that they love the other person, but that they are not "in love" with them. Really, I hear this from nearly every couple. They have lost that loving feeling, so to speak. What is actually happening is that the "newness" of the relationship ...
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Importance of Friendship

At some point in your therapy journey, your therapist is likely to assess for protective factors that help individuals with resiliency and coping bandwidth when going through difficult times or managing mood disorders or traumas. One protective factor we look for is FRIENDSHIP! Having healthy friendship is a protective factor ...
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Emotional Dialogue

We often have trouble communicating in relationships regardless of the type of relationship.  This is more so in a couple's environment as there are always competing priorities or values.  One of the major enhancements to a relationship, especially in marriage, is to have emotional dialogues with each other.  Emotional dialogue ...

Knowing Your Partner

How well do you know your partner?  Oftentimes we say we know them but find it difficult to buy them gifts or know what to do to help them on a daily basis.  I often hear couples who have been together for a while, especially after the children leave the ...

Love Hurts: 4 Reasons Why You May Be Holding onto a Toxic Relationship

When it comes to toxic relationships, holding on instead of letting go is, more often than not, the norm. The strength that it takes to walk away from any relationship, much less a toxic one, is huge and the fear of the pain that we might feel in the aftermath ...

When to Consider Marriage Counseling

“Conflict in relationships is normal, so how do I know if marriage counseling might help us?”  You may feel like marriage counseling seems too drastic for the need you’re currently managing.  Maybe you’ve only known people to pursue marriage counseling when they’re “really in trouble” and that’s not you!  You ...

Aging and Loneliness During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family to celebrate a special time of year. It’s a time to escape our hectic lives and reconnect with those we may not see often throughout the year. For many of us that may include caring for aging parents, either ...
Recommending Counseling to a Loved One

Recommending Counseling to a Loved One

“Hey. I think you should see a counselor.” Imagine this scenario playing out with someone you care about deeply. It is the holiday season. You and your loved ones safely gather for a routine family gathering. You notice something is “off” with your [grandmother/cousin/uncle/stepbrother/etc.]. Mental health struggles such as depression, ...
Examples of Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries, Part 2: Examples of Healthy Boundaries

In last week's blog post, we introduced the idea of boundaries.  To recap, boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits. They are built ...
Boundaries - Why In The World Are They Important?

Boundaries: Why In The World Are They Important?

Your decisions are disregarded. You take on the blame for something that is not your fault. You feel frustration or resentment about how others treat you. You experience shame. You frequently justify others’ behaviors. Most of us have experienced one or more of these in our lifetime. And many of ...
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