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Learning to Apologize Can Save Your Relationship

I’m going to give you some information that could save your relationship. Making amends and knowing how to apologize in a good way is essential to happiness, it’s essential for not having baggage in your relationship, for healing things up so they don’t have to carry weight for either one of you in the future,…

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Unavailable People in Relationships

If you want to be in a relationship, you need to be with someone who is capable of showing up and participating in that relationship. So many of us want to be in relationships so badly that we overlook someone’s capacity to have one. If you’re dating and want to be in a committed relationship,…

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Getting through a Divorce or Long-term Breakup

Normal and valid experiences: • Overwhelming grief and sadness catches us off guard • Emotional ups and downs lead us to feel like we are going crazy • Concern with over-burdening our loved ones with our sadness and grief • If you where the one who didn’t have a choice in ending the relationship you…

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Conversation Starters – How to be genuine and overcome shyness

I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and I’m here to talk about conversations starters. Who hasn’t felt nervous when meeting new people? Which one of us hasn’t put our proverbial foot in our mouth and has fallen flat on our face when we tried to talk to somebody new? My suggestion is to always…

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Fear of Intimacy

I’m going to talk about the fear of intimacy. Now many of us have been hurt in a relationship, so being in a relationship can be scary business, which can be completely normal. For some of us, though, we’ve been hurt to such an extent that we could even be in a healthy marriage and…

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Question Your Beliefs about People

I’m here to talk about our stories. Our stories that we have about who other people are, or for instance, how people feel about us. The reason why I say stories is because we see a behavior or we believe something to be true based on some sort of truth that we actually experience. What…

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Tactfully Saying 'No' in the Workplace

A lot of us have a hard time saying no. I think specifically in the workplace it’s exceptionally hard for most of us. Now, I know when you’re hired to do a job and your boss asks you to do something, you typically have to do it, because that’s what you were hired to do.…

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Practice, not Perfection

A perfectionist thinks that anything less then perfect is unacceptable. Most of us are just plain hard on ourselves for not achieving what we think we should. The problem is perfection is not obtainable or sustainable, thus you are never satisfied. Our self criticism can come from a number of places. From a difficult, strict…

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Stress-Free Holidays

I’m wishing you a warm, happy holiday and I would like for you to have a stress-free holiday. Many of us get stressed during these times. There are times when there’s shoulds that we have. “I have to do this” or “I should do that.” We often overextend ourselves. Here are some suggestions. One is…

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Stop Playing the Game of Passive Communication

Passive forms of communication include passive aggressiveness, guilt, silent scorn, and eye rolling or other non-verbal behavior. Passive communication forms such as these manifest into these passive forms when we are not in environments or family systems that support our true feelings or needs. We withhold our truth in an attempt to avoid saying something…

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