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Single for the Holidays: How to Fearlessly Thrive

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For some, being single for the holidays is akin to some sort of personal torture. But with a little fearlessness… it most certainly doesn’t have to.


The holiday season: I can probably imagine what comes to mind…joyous times with family, stress-free travel plans, and generous gifts from your special someone. Basically, picture-perfect experiences full of happiness.

Not quite consistent with your holiday memories? I bet not. I hear this often in my practice as a Denver-based relationship therapist.

More power to you if that is what comes to mind when thinking about the holidays, but for most, it sounds a bit less idealistic.

The truth for many is the holidays can ...

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Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: A Step-By-Step Guide to Fearless Communication

Fearless Living - Fearless Communication

Use your voice. Speak your truth. Be honest. Easier said than done…until now. Get ready for fearless communication, Darling. This is a step-by-step guide, brought to you by Dr. Hick, Denver psychologist.


In the first part of this Fearless Living in 2015 piece, I shared an intimate story of a dear friend’s experience of growth and transformation.

While this was a vital shift in her stepping into healthier, more mindful dating relationships, it was even more crucial for her relationship with herself.

To recap, “Sarah” broke through her early experiences with her father, where she learned that she needed to suppress her thoughts and feelings because they were not ...

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Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living: The Fearless Talks That Will Transform Your Relationships

How we use our voice is often determined in childhood, but these things can change. Fearless talks can transform everything, especially your dating life.

A fearless break through in loving communication happened for a dear friend this week. She graciously allowed me to share the story of her path to transformation.

For years, “Sarah” had struggled to express her true feelings, to communicate her needs, to set boundaries in friendships, with family members, and most of all, in her dating relationships.

This difficulty plagued her for as long as she could remember. She observed others who seemed so easily able to say, “No” when they meant, “No.” Or even ...

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Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: Fearless Boundaries - How to Set Better Boundaries for

couple talking

While personal space and depth of conversation are unique to the individual, distance can hinder our ability to connect. Is it time for better boundaries? Dr. Hick, Denver relationship therapist, chimes in.

Boundaries. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard this term thrown around a fair bit. And yet, if you are like many people, you are likely still a little fuzzy on exactly what a boundary is, how it is established, and how it can be helpful to you. Furthermore, you are likely wondering what boundaries have to do with fearlessness and relationships.

Let me start by sharing two brief stories about two individuals, each on ...

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Help: I’m Not Getting Any Messages, Online Dating Isn’t Working!

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Radio silence when online dating—you’re sending messages but not receiving any replies, does this mean online dating isn’t working? No way!

So you’ve taken the plunge—the online dating plunge.

You’ve crafted a good profile. You’ve discussed the activities and interests that are meaningful to you and that you hope to find in potential mates. You’ve selected your best looking photos—a couple of yourself, some of you engaged in your favorite interests and maybe even a couple of your adorable pet or niece/nephew just for good measure.

You hit the submit button. Take a deep, sigh. And wait.

Oh, who are you kidding? You ...

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Is “Fear of Missing Out” Really Just a Fear of Commitment?

Are you on the hunt for the next thrill, date, or message? FOMO can be a fear of commitment, and Dr. Kristen Hick, Denver relationship therapist, knows how to open hearts to love again.

Greener pastures. A better fit for your “list.” A more “suitable” partner.

No matter what you call him or her, or the general idea, that “perfect fit” keeps you looking, searching and living anywhere but in the present moment and in your present relationship.

Some might say this is simply a case of your relationship skills getting honed, and you will realize that there is a better match out there for you when you are ready for it.

Or is ...

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Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: Break Free - How to Banish FOMO for Good

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Dr. Hick, Denver psychologist, shines a light on a common problem: preoccupation with everything but the present. It’s time to shift focus and enjoy this moment to the max.

We’re all guilty of it. We work, work, work our busy selves away—on the job we love, the job we hate, or the career we are trying relentlessly to create.

We work so hard and for so long it becomes almost impossible to push the pause button, to “unplug,” to focus inward, and to take in the moment.

This drive to do more, be more, capture more—which my camera and I are definitely guilty of—keeps us in a perpetual pattern of ...

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