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My Personal Bill Of Rights…

My Personal Bill Of Rights…

If we can begin to believe that we deserve these rights and also learn to exercise them, then we can build a more assertive attitude and happier sense of self. The result is that we begin respect ourselves enough to be conscious of our basic human rights. […]

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Is Couples Therapy Right For Us?

Is Couples Therapy Right For Us?

Relationships are challenging. Couples may be arguing, bickering, and constantly triggering each other, or they may be disconnected, feeling alone, and barely speaking. The common thread in couples seeking services is that their relationship is no longer a safe, loving, and enjoyable space. As a licensed marriage and […]

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“Owning Your Stuff” In Therapy…It Can Be Empowering!

“Owning Your Stuff” In Therapy…It Can Be Empowering!

Most of us yearn for friendly, rewarding relationships with other people…but we often find ourselves at times embroiled in relationships which are exactly the opposite; full of hostility, resentment, bitterness and distrust. As a couples therapist, I work with my clients to help them communicate more effectively, […]

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Building Awareness…Identifying Your Aversive Strategies…

Building Awareness…Identifying Your Aversive Strategies…

Many individuals, couples and families who seek out therapy report that they have a difficult time dealing with conflict in an effective way, often using aversive control strategies in the ineffectual attempts to change the behavior of those around them. In this blog post, I identify and describe some of the […]

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Getting Unstuck – Moving Forward and Resolving Your Disagreements Together…

Getting Unstuck – Moving Forward and Resolving Your Disagreements Together…

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last. – Simone Signoret Many of my clients come to couples counseling because they feel that they are constantly bickering […]

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Improving Your Listening Skills…

Improving Your Listening Skills…

Many of my clients explain that they often find themselves having a hard time effectively listening to their partners. As human beings it can be easy to block your partner out (I like to call this “spacing out”), to rehearse your response instead of listening to what […]

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How To Communicate Effectively With Your Partner…Ditch the Blame Game!

How To Communicate Effectively With Your Partner…Ditch the Blame Game!

When working with my couples therapy clients, I try to remind them to communicate what they feel and want, as opposed to hiding their feelings or blaming each other. Using “I feel/I want” statements is an effective method to remind individuals to communicate what they are feeling […]

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Anger Management Tips: Is My Anger Healthy?

Anger Management Tips: Is My Anger Healthy?

Anger is a  powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage. From time to time, everyone can lose their cool or get angry. Losing your temper can cause […]

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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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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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