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The Relationship Peace Treaty: Reassurance

The Relationship Peace Treaty: Reassurance

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) In Daniel Siegel’s “The Developing Mind” (1999), he describes the attachment process as a series of “rupture and repair.” The implication of this theory […]

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Is My Anger Healthy?

Is My Anger Healthy?

There is a difference between healthy, constructive anger and anger that is destructive and unhealthy. Below you will see the characteristics of both…see where you might fit in. Anger can be a very difficult emotion to change. Unlike other negative feelings, anger is often a choice that YOU […]

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Talking About Money With Your Spouse…

Talking About Money With Your Spouse…

In my practice I have found that many couples will talk about anything (anything!) before they will delve into a conversation about finances or their financial plan for the future. Why is it so challenging for many couples to talk about money? If you take some time […]

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Assertive Communication Techniques…

Assertive Communication Techniques…

Assertiveness is your best bet for communicating and helps you maintain honest, long lasting relationships with others. It conveys your needs and wants, while respecting yourself and others.  Acting assertively allows others to hear you and also allows you to express yourself. It’s a win-win! Myth: Assertiveness is […]

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Guest Blog: The Four Pieces of Your Internal Balance…

Guest Blog: The Four Pieces of Your Internal Balance…

Do you find that you are constantly trying to fight away sadness or low self worth? Do you depend on others to make you feel good, frequently finding yourself in an unhealthy relationship or attracted to the “bad” boy or girl? Maybe it is time you take […]

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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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