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The Blame Game…Dangerous For Your Relationship!

The Blame Game…Dangerous For Your Relationship!

Stop the Blame Game to Improve Your Relationship When it comes to placing blame in a relationship, it’s almost always easier to see the faults in our partner than in ourselves. One of the problems with couples pointing fingers is that usually both parties are right, and […]

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Lack of Trust – A Challenge in Relationships

Lack of Trust – A Challenge in Relationships

Respect and intimacy are the foundation on which loving relationships are built. When people have the courage to look at these patterns, admit their own contribution, and are willing to change and put their relationships first, even the most difficult relationship problems can be healed. Inability to […]

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Establishing Ground Rules in Couples Communication

Establishing Ground Rules in Couples Communication

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) According to Marty Babits (2009), author of “The Power of the Middle Ground,” couples can resolve conflicts without the threat of escalation by creating […]

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Testosterone: Your Best Defense Against MANxiety

Testosterone: Your Best Defense Against MANxiety

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) jeanette cash coldwell banker advantage Throughout the day, week and month, our stress levels will fluctuate to some degree. Stress can be positive or […]

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Three Tips To Help Make Your Relationship Bloom

Three Tips To Help Make Your Relationship Bloom

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) As a couples therapist, I often get asked the million dollar question, “What is the key to a happy and healthy relationship?” I will […]

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Hug Me Close

Hug Me Close

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) In one of the most influential books on intimacy in committed relationships, Passionate Marriage, David Schnarch (1997) proposes a technique called, “Hugging till Relaxed” to […]

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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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Making Positive Changes in 2013 (that will actually last!)….

Making Positive Changes in 2013 (that will actually last!)….

A Positive Affirmation for the New Year In 2013, I choose… To live by choice, not by chance To be motivated, not manipulated To be useful, not used To make changes, not excuses To excel, not compete I choose self-esteem, not self-pity I choose to listen to […]

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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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