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Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: How to Renew a Relationship (Any Relationship at All)

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As your year of living fearlessly continues, our focus turns towards this unique time of year.

There is an energy bouncing around us, within us and through us and, a renewed hope and rejuvenated spirit—it’s Spring!

Regardless of where you live, winter is a time for hunkering down, eating delicious holiday foods and spending more time indoors—even if you spend them at the ski lodge cozied up to a warm fire.

With all of your energy directed in these ways, it easy to surface from the season with some lackluster feelings about the state of your relationships—and perhaps, with others having some lackluster feelings about you.

Spring Cleaning

Just as your closet craves a good purge and reorganization (followed ...

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Fearless Living in 2015: Don’t Fall in Love, RISE in Love

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I think we’ve all done enough damage with this whole “falling” in love thing. Yes, the initial descent can feel pretty amazing, but oh, the inevitable collapse on the other side of that bliss, no matter how pure our initial intentions.

As a part of our year-long focus on Fearless Living, let’s choose another aim. This year let’s rise in love instead of fall.

For all the newcomers, this is the fourth month in a year-long series on how to live fearlessly. As a Denver therapist, my goal is to help each and every one of you become the superhero in your own life. Each month is designed to help you explore, ...

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Dr. Hick’s Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: Date Fearlessly

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In last month’s installment of Fearless Living in 2015, we explored how loving yourself fearlessly—including all of your flaws, imperfections, and quirks—could change your life. I hope that taking time to reflect on a daily and ongoing basis provided new insights into your current blocks and helped you envision how life-changing loving yourself can be. Furthermore, I hope this focus got you fired up to plan and practice loving yourself fearlessly!

If you are beginning to feel a little ...

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Dr. Hick’s Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: Loving Yourself

February’s Focus – Loving Yourself

February is a time in which most people focus, ponder, or obsess about loving someone else or finding someone to love. Valentine’s Day has turned into a day to say to the world, “See, I am worthy of love!” Unfortunately, this inevitably lends itself to feeling unworthy of love if you’re single, or to a potentially false sense of happiness if you do have someone special with whom to celebrate.

As a Denver relationship therapist, the way I see it is that the only way truly to love another is to love yourself first. As a psychologist who focuses on helping you build healthier relationships ...

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Exposing Old Wounds to Give Love its Best Chance

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Sometimes current issues are rooted deep in the past—a past we must honor to heal from. Dr. Hick, Denver relationship therapist, helps us in exposing old wounds to find a happier today.

Some of you were lucky enough to have had a pretty “normal” childhood. What is “normal” these days, you ask? Well I don’t mean picture-perfect, Leave It To Beaver style, that’s for sure.

In fact, having a childhood like this might render you less resilient to losses, transitions, and upsets later in life. If you never experienced pain as a child, or had someone help you through your pain, it may be more difficult to ...

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Dr. Hick’s Guide to Fearless Living: An Introduction & January Goals

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For most skiers, the first day of the new ski season is racked with anticipation: wondering what the snow will be like, checking over and over that you still have your gloves, speculating how your new gear will perform.  There’s a child-like giddiness that keeps you sleepless the night before, just imagining the possible adventures the upcoming season might hold.

This was not the case for me.

Growing up, I spent an occasional day on the slopes with my family.  But after my ninth-grade best friend tore her ACL skiing (and hobbled miserably on crutches for six months), I banished the idea of ever skiing again.  Finally, three ...

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10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays After A Divorce

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Nothing kills holiday cheer like the fresh residue of divorce. Kristen Hick, Denver relationship and divorce therapist, walks us through moving on and making happiness a part of your new tradition.

At a time when family and friends get together to celebrate, the holiday season can be a painful reminder of what was, what will never be, and who is not here anymore.

Recovering from any sort of loss or heartache can be especially difficult around the holidays. And coping with the holidays after separation or divorce can be its own special circle of hell.

Many of my clients report that as holiday songs, decorations, and invitations start to accumulate, any post-divorce ...

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