Relationships

Handle With Care

During a client session this week, I listened to a couple discuss how an incident in their marriage made them realize just how fragile their relationship is. I hear couples identify the frailty of their connection countless times a day: “If only I would have known” or “Why did it have to take XYZ to …

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How To Create A Relationship Plan

Walking along the beach near my office I get to see a lot of weddings.  The hopeful celebration of two people, and their families and friends, coming together and making promises of love, life, security, and a future together. I think of the promises that are made; the spoken and unspoken that we speak to our partner when …

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Technology and Relationships

So the other day I was watching TV and an old valentines commercial came on. By the end of the commercial I didn’t have the words to express how I was feeling.  The commercial started with a couple out to dinner and she picks up her cell phone and starts looking at it while he …

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Fighting

I just read an article explaining how sometimes in marriage you have to lose to “win”.  This makes me think about a statement I have heard and I often say to my clients “you can be right or you can be in relationship with”.  What does that mean to you and what do you want? Do you …

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Hope; My Favorite Four Letter Word

In therapy sessions I like to ask “what are your hopes?”  Often times people are caught off guard and don’t know how to respond.  In life when we surround ourselves with stress, or sadness or trauma we tend to forget about the four letter word, HOPE.    In a therapeutic setting when we start dealing with hope I …

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Appreciate Your Story

Outside my neighbor’s house is an old tree that he has decided to cut down.  When I look at the tree all I can think about is its history and the stories I am sure the tree could tell.  In some ways I wish it could talk to tell us its stories and to help us learn …

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