5 Ways to Survive Being Around Your In-Laws This Holiday Season

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Hardly anyone I know can say that their families don't have "issues" of some kind or another. This is just part of life for most of us - navigating through our family’s overt or covert drama. For some of us the complications in our families of origin are far more intricate and obvious than for … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Relationship Success Secrets That Everyone Ought to Know

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As a couple’s therapist, I’ve seen a myriad of relationships styles. People who come in for counseling are clearly looking to change something they see problematic in their partnership. The problems range from the relatively benign tweaks in communication to serious pain and trust violations due to … [Read more...]

Balanced Relationships: You, Me and We

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One thing I notice in a lot of couples who come through my door is a lack of balance in their relationship. What do I mean by this? When two people come together there are now three parts to this system; “you,” “me,” and “we.” Imagine if you draw two overlapping circles. There are three parts – the … [Read more...]

Healthy Relationships: Assessing the Emotional Safety

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Couples seek relationship counseling for numerous reasons. As a professional who works with many different couples with a variety of issues, I’ve identified one similar thread that runs through all of them.Their relationships lack in varying degrees of “emotional safety.” Typically, the couples who … [Read more...]