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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2015’

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychotherapy & Anxiety Disorders
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Aftermath of Trauma Most of us build our lives around the belief that we will be relatively safe. Granted, normal daily life involves many stressors, especially in these hectic times, but we expect these pressures to happen and we become accustomed to handling them. The more flexible we are and the more we know ourselves and are in touch …

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Relationships & Communication

San Diego Couples therapy, marriage counseling

Communication is so important that it can make or break a relationship. It is critical to the success of a relationship and instantly reflects your self-esteem, for better or for worse. Assertive communication commands respect, projects confidence, and inspires influence. It is respectful, direct, honest, open, non-threatening and non-defensive. It is not demanding, aggressive, or manipulative. Communication is learned. With …

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Effective Communication

actively listening to your partner

Effective communication is authentic – meaning honest and congruent. Say what you think or feel, and mean what you say. You probably assume you already do this, yet dishonesty is more common than you might guess (we often even fool ourselves about our own dishonesty). When you outwardly agree but inwardly don’t, you are being dishonest. Whether you want to: …

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Is your Relationship Healthy ?

Couples therapy, Power struggles or Empathy

Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Do you try to fix or control one another? Do you feel distant and/or disconnected? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Do either of you seem to always have to be right? Are conflicts directly resolved or do they go unresolved? Do you trust …

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Resolving Conflicts

San Diego marriage counseling and couples Therapy

As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc. Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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Signs of Controlling Relationships

couples therapy & controlling people
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

Some Signs of Being Controlled Here are some signs of being controlled in a relationship … 1- Feeling drained of energy if you need to spend much time in the presence of the controller. 2- Needing to find time alone or out of the house. 3- Fantasizing frequently about some future time when you are free, independent, and able to …

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Controller or controlled?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

Who has the problem, the controller or the one controlled? The controller may describe herself as a person having weaknesses, insecurities, and many needs. On the more positive side she may say that she want to get close to the other person. The controller is just reaching out to someone else to have these needs met. She seldom sees herself …

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Controlling People

Counseling marriage & Controlling people
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

The conflicts that develop over control issues may suggest the struggles the child experiences as she grows up. Part of our development involves the child striving to gain a sense of independence and integrity while the parent needs to control the behavior of the child. This may not be the ideal description of growing up in a healthy way, but …

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