communication

How to Sidestep Defensiveness

There is nothing quite like defensiveness to take a conflict from a minor disagreement to a full blown argument.  Have you ever experienced something like the following scenario?  You are feeling frustrated with your partner because they didn’t let you know they were running late coming home from work. When they walk in the door an hour later than expected, you are angry and …

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Ways to Stop an Ex from Damaging Your Relationship: Three Guidelines for Communication

by Debby Deroian, Practicum Student-Therapist under the supervision of Meredith Keller LPC, ACS Imagine: You and your partner are finally having a much needed date night.  This took a month to happen due to several cancellations with work and kids’ schedules! You are in the middle of dinner when your partner’s phone rings, and as …

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Does Intimacy Mean Sharing Absolutely Everything?

What is Intimacy? Is it tender and emotional sex each and every time? Is it sharing everything with one another? Is it constant closeness and togetherness? Popular belief says that those things make up intimacy, but that’s misleading AND unrealistic in a long-term partnership. For how could we possibly be together with our partner all …

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Save Yourself From An Argument On Your Next Vacation

Imagine: you and your partner have planned a trip to a great summer destination. You each pack your own bags, arrive together and unpack when you get to your room. Your bag contains: books, boardgames, movies, candles, an eye mask, massage oil, and an assortment of teas. You’ve been looking forward to lazy days lounging …

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