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Archive for February, 2012

Stress Management Tips…

Stress Management Tips…

Stress is not easy to deal with. Many of us learned how to work through stressful life situations by observing our parents and social support network as we grew up. Stress is very much an expected and normal part of our lives (especially if you live in […]

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Recovering From Relationship Loss…

Recovering From Relationship Loss…

The loss of any important relationship has a powerful impact on our lives. Many of my clients report feeling a mixture of emotions: sadness, grief, anger, bitterness and sometimes relief (every situation is different).  There are no “correct” feelings to have, so it is very important to […]

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Assessing Your Communication…

Assessing Your Communication…

“Ultimately the bond of companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” Communication is one of the most important building blocks of a healthy relationship. In my work with couples, it’s the area people seem to struggle with the most. Difficulties in communication can be at the […]

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Thinking About the Pursuer/Distancer Dynamic…

Thinking About the Pursuer/Distancer Dynamic…

I work with many clients who are in the process of healing from the end of a relationship. As human beings, many of us have the automatic tendency to anxiously pursue someone who is wanting space, and it’s incredibly difficult to move away from this habitual pattern of behavior. When […]

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Couples Therapy Intervention: Altering Your Patterns

Couples Therapy Intervention: Altering Your Patterns

When working with many couples in my practice, I often ask them the following question(s) and record the answers on a sheet of paper for each partner: “When you feeling your worst, how do you act with each other? What does this look like?”  I work with couples […]

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Thinking About Your Thinking…Cognitive Distortions

Thinking About Your Thinking…Cognitive Distortions

What does it mean to think about your thinking? What’s a cognitive distortion and why do so many people have them? Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking […]

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Negative Interaction Cycles…

Negative Interaction Cycles…

Many of the couples I work with tell me that they feel they are stuck in negative cycles of interaction in their relationship(s). When working with couples, I assist them to: identify destructive patterns that exist in their relationship ciarageraghty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/1/ understand each person’s role in maintaining these […]

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Honoring Your Personal Boundaries…

Honoring Your Personal Boundaries…

Many of my clients tell me that in their personal relationships they feel unsure of “the boundaries where they end and others around them begin.” Having diffuse personal boundaries with others can leave you feeling codependent, powerless, unsure of who you are and unheard. Many of my clients with boundary […]

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Thinking About Your Triumphs and Strivings…

Thinking About Your Triumphs and Strivings…

Take a moment to work through the questions below: What has happened in your personal life that you are particularly proud of? Think about your psychological triumphs, times when things were even better than you expected, periods when you came through trials and tribulations in even better […]

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Questions About Insurance…

Questions About Insurance…

Many new clients to my practice often have questions about insurance coverage and my reason(s) for not participating directly with insurance companies. The services I offer to my clients (individual, couple, family and group therapy) are often covered in part by insurance but I do no accept insurance […]

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