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This Grounding Technique Can Help You Feel In Control of Your Life

When people come into my office, often they’re highly stressed. Some are even bouncing with anxiety because too many things feel out of their control. Grounding techniques help you shift energy so you can focus on what you can control. They are upset with a situation at work or atRead More

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How to Keep Love Growing in a Relationship (2019)

“Love has a kind of magic. It’s able to do amazing things.”  That’s what researcher Dr. John Gottman said about great friendships and love relationships, in a TEDx talk.  Social science tells us, those who enjoy healthy friendships and love also enjoy: Greater physical health Greater mental health Greater wealthRead More

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How to Get a Resistant Teen Into Therapy

You may have decided to get your teen into counseling because an issue has you concerned. Signs your teen may need therapy include: Your teen’s life seems full of anxiety or stress. You’re worried about how much time they spend online or gaming. You’re fighting all the time. You mayRead More

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​Family Therapy: You Don’t Need a Crisis to Benefit

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” Bessel van der Kolk, MD, from The Body Keeps Score When I think about a family, I think about a place where it’s okayRead More

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The Purpose of Marriage: To Secure Your Safety and Connection First

Three relationship experts share their findings about the purpose of marriage for strength, safety and belonging. Drs. John Gottman, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin have studied how relationships impact each partner’s sense of wellbeing. They identified traits of healthy relationships and the struggles or weaknesses of troubled marriages in theirRead More