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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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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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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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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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How To Be Assertive (Without Alienating Others)

How To Be Assertive (Without Alienating Others)

A very important life skill is the ability to ask for what you want or need. What I often see when working with my couples clients is either not speaking up or speaking too forcefully. Not stating our needs leaves us with a partner (friend, family member, or colleague) […]

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