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7 Things You Can Do When your Partner Isn’t Being Supportive

Do you have an unsupportive partner?  Has one of these scenarios happened to you?    You’re hurt by something your sister did but your partner doesn’t seem to care.    Something major just happened and your partner seems distracted and disinterested as you’re   telling them.   You’re angry about how  you were treated at the bank and your partner tells you it’s not a big deal.    You’re worried […]

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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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Old Hurts: How Being Mindful Can Help You Move Past Them

There are many people who think that their past doesn’t have any influence on them today.  They may feel this way because their childhood was years or decades ago, or perhaps because they’ve created a different life for themselves now.  Others might discount the importance of their childhood on their present because they no longer

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Hurt By Hearsay? How Therapy Rebuilds Your Sense of Safety

Gossip – sometimes it seems we’re surrounded by it.  We hear it all the time.  It glares at us from nearly every grocery store headline.  Have you seen so-and-so’s new haircut?  What was he/she thinking?  And what about those two?  Can you believe they did that?! On the surface, gossiping can seem like harmless, idle

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SERENITY NOW: Why George Costanza’s Father Had Half of it Right

If you’re like most of us, your partner can trigger you like no one else can – with the possible exception of your mother!  Sometimes all it takes is a few words or the wrong look and your reaction is immediate and intense – you’re angry, upset, hurt and reacting with a lot of emotion.

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Words Are Crucial: How Speaking Your Unfiltered Thoughts Could Be Impacting Your Relationship

Words have so much power. Depending on how we use them, words have the power to inspire, to hurt, or to heal.  Think about what you say to your partner. Are you saying words that support and inspire your spouse? Are you using words that soothe and heal him/her? Or are you using words that

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Get a Grip: How to Keep Emotional Reactions From Hurting Your Marriage

Your emotions have a huge impact on your marriage.  Whether your reaction to these emotions is to show them on the outside OR to keep outside of your awareness, your reaction might be driving your partner away.  After many times of reacting similarly, a pattern sets in.  This pattern may be a big contributor to

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Stopping Triangulation: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Involving a Third Person in Your Problems

Most of my clients have some kind of challenge in their relationships with others. The struggle may be with a spouse, a friend, a family member, a co-worker, a child, a neighbor, or a landlord. No matter who the struggle is with, we often discuss what someone else said or did and how my client

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What Was THAT All About?! Why Your Partner is Freaking Out Over Nothing and What You Can Do About it

Have you ever seen someone have a very strong reaction to something that seems minor? From your perspective, you’re wondering what the big deal is. Why are they getting so upset? Of course, this happens all the time in marriages and other intimate relationships. We see our spouse “freak out” over something small. Often, we

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