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Is My Partner Emotionally Unavailable?

If you are reading this article, you have probably experienced an emotionally disconnected partner who is unable to articulate feelings on a deeper level. This might feel like a lack of comprehensive connection, that something is missing, or that there is an intentional distance kept between you and your partner.

This dynamic can be both painful to manage in a relationship and difficult to spot. Sometimes it feels like emotional unavailability is just a natural part of withholding feelings as trust is developed in the relationship. Most partners who experience their partners like this feel confused, doubt themselves and their feelings, and are trying to understand what is happening. ...

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The Art of Saying "No"

Art of Saying No

Do you feel overcommitted, spread thin, and run down? We often see clients who experience these emotions on a daily basis. While consistent self-care rituals are important to overcoming the pressure you might feel from having a packed schedule and long to-do list, the impact of “saying no” in your life is an important part of managing this overwhelmed feeling long-term. The art of “saying no” can contribute to your life in these positive ways:

Reclaiming Time

Time is a fixed variable in life. Therefore, the number of things you commit to has to change for you to reclaim time and balance. This begins with healthy ...

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How Can I Read the News Without Becoming Depressed or Anxious?

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Perhaps watching the nightly news is a long-standing family ritual, or you start your day by skimming the local and national headlines. If so, you have probably noticed that in the last several years, the weight of those headlines has led to feelings of paranoia, anxiety, and even depression. Especially with gun violence on the rise and regular acts of terrorism, the news is more frightening and shocking than ever.

In my work as a therapist, clients often share that they feel overwhelmed and unable to process the state of these news stories. They often cite feeling helpless and powerless over the future and unable to comprehend ...

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Strategies for Overcoming a Desperation for Love

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In part one of this post, we discussed signs that you may be desperate for love and therefore, compromising what you look for in a partner. Here, in part two, we’ll examine strategies for overcoming this feeling of desperation and how to approach dating and relationships from a grounded, intentional, and healthy mindset.

Instead of grasping for relationships that might not be healthy or the best fit, implement these strategies instead to help you step back and evaluate your needs and desires before stepping into a relationship.

Understand the Root Cause

Relationships might feel essential in your life for a variety of reasons and getting to the root ...

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How A Painful Past Can Get in the Way of Your Current Relationship - And How to Fix It

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A painful past has a gravity all its own, and it can pull us down if we’re not careful. It sometimes seems old memories and old patterns assert themselves in the present. This is especially true in romantic relationships. Often a painful past gives us a lens to view that world that is distrustful of others, scared of vulnerability, and highly prioritizes control in relationships. ...

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5 Signs You are Desperate for Love

Girl Desperate for Love

Have you ever gone to the grocery store hungry? We are all guilty of doing this occasionally. And what happens? You don’t make good decisions. You buy junk food, you buy too much, and you buy things that will solve your problem of hunger the fastest, like sugary, carb-laden foods. And if you snack on those chips on the way home from the store and indulge in some ice cream upon walking in the door to your home, you won’t feel good for long.

Dating is the same. When you are hungry for love and desperate for connection, you don’t make good decisions. Or, you make decisions from the ...

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5 Conversations to Have When Preparing for Parenthood

Pregnant Couple Reading Book Together

You and your partner are expecting! Congratulations. This time is normally full of excitement, anticipation, celebration, and bliss. When you think about preparing for your baby, you might normally register for a list of items you need, consider a bigger house, modify your social calendar, and change your eating/exercise regime. What is often overlooked is answering the tough questions and having the difficult conversations that would be beneficial to you and your partner as you fully prepare for this life transition. 

In this post, we examine five essential discussions that are important to have with your partner to work toward parenthood success.

Discuss parenting styles and values

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