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Archive for January, 2012

Self-Awareness and Your Relationships…

Self-Awareness and Your Relationships…

It is important to remember that very little in our lives will change when we continue to point fingers and assign blame to external sources…everything and everyone who surround us. I often remind my clients in session that we really have absolutely no control over anyone but ourselves. […]

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Simple Statements for Developing Your Self-Acceptance…

Simple Statements for Developing Your Self-Acceptance…

Self acceptance is all about being compassionate and happy with who you are in the present moment. This is an agreement that you decide to make with yourself to appreciate, accept and support who you are right now, even if there are parts of yourself that you might like to […]

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Some Basic Information on Depression…

Some Basic Information on Depression…

Everyone, at various times throughout the lifecycle, may feel sad or blue. It’s normal to feel sad on occasion…this is part of being a human being. Sometimes, these feelings are a direct result of things that can occur in life; the loss of a family member of friend, […]

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Defensiveness In Your Relationships…

Defensiveness In Your Relationships…

As human beings, we all tend to find ourselves being defensive from time to time. Many of my clients mention to me that they often find themselves saying things that they wouldn’t normally “put out there” when they feel triggered by their partners. Often a part of our mind (called the subconscious) sends […]

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What Does It Mean To Be Codependant?

What Does It Mean To Be Codependant?

Co-dependancy is a learned behavior that affects one’s ability to have a healthy, satisfying relationship. Many people classify co-dependancy as “relationship addiction”, as people often form or maintain relationships that tend to be emotionally destructive and unhealthy. It is thought that co-dependancy is a learned behavior that can […]

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Don’t Run From Panic (Some Anxiety Management Tips)…

I work with many clients who are struggling to cope with daily feelings of anxiety and panic attacks. Through psychoeducation, many of them are surprised to learn that some of their attempts to “fight” or “win” against these uncomfortable sensations actually may be making them worse, and […]

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Positive Affirmations for Self-Esteem…

Positive Affirmations for Self-Esteem…

I work with many individuals who feel that self-esteem is a source of difficulty for them. So many of us in this world want to feel more comfortable with ourselves.  The key is to desire to be healthy and have a positive view of yourself. Affirmations are […]

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Thinking About Empathy…

Thinking About Empathy…

At a recent intensive weekend-long training for mediation here in New York City, my colleagues and I spent time discussing the subject of empathy. Marshall B. Rosenberg writes about this topic in his book entitled “Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life.” Empathy is a subject which I […]

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Active Listening 101…

Active Listening 101…

An important skill that I review with almost all of my couples therapy clients is “active listening”. This is a helpful communication tool that when used properly can greatly enhance relationships (not just romantic relationships, this can help with friends, family and of course in the workplace). […]

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The Importance of Friendship in Healthy Marriages

The Importance of Friendship in Healthy Marriages

I am a big fan of John Gottman and Nan Silver’s work, and their findings/principles for making marriage work make a great deal of sense to me. As the authors of “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”, Gottman and Silver focus on the simple truths behind […]

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