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Couples & Conflicts – Part 3

Couples therapy, couples arguing

Constructive Relationship Guidelines In addition to reaching a good understanding of the nature of the commitment, there are several other guidelines that can be explored when a couple decides to bring their arguments to a more constructive level. It is better to be close and happy than to be right. Blaming each other and trying to change the other person’s …

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Couples & Conflicts – Part 2

Couples Couseling

Constructive Relationship Guidelines If arguments begin to have a deteriorating effect on a relationship and no resolution appears in sight, it is time to examine the level of commitment each of the partners has to the relationship. This is sometimes a basic issue that remains unresolved by two partners. People avoid this topic out of fear that their partner may …

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Couples & Conflicts

marriage counseling: couple arguing

A Good Argument Has Its Up Side – But Only If We Fight Fairly All couples argue. This is a normal and expected part of any relationship. Of course, some relationship experts say that arguing is healthy, while others say beware. While an occasional argument might be unavoidable and can even ultimately clarify boundaries within the relationship, a pattern of …

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Building Intimacy- Part 4

Successful Marriages, San Diego Couples Therapy

THE ABILITY TO TRUST It is difficult to achieve intimacy in a relationship unless we have the ability to trust. We tend to focus on other people when we think about trust – that is, we might ask, who out there can be trusted and who cannot? But it may be more helpful to look inside and to think about …

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Building Intimacy- Part 3

Successful Marriages, San Diego Couples Therapy

Couples & Intimacy A number of research studies have shown persuasively that people in intimate relationships live longer and happier lives than those who are not. For example, we know that people in marriages or other committed relationships live longer than people who are single. In one classic study researchers found that 95 percent of people who described their parents …

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Building Intimacy – Part 2

Building intimacy

Each person seems to understand the intimate experience in his or her own way. In a sense it takes a journey of personal discovery to learn how to share intimacy with another person. Here are some guidelines that may help to define that journey– Know Your Self: Get in touch with your own private experiences. In our stressed-out world this …

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Building Intimacy In Your Relationship

San Diego marriage therapy

Many people search for that special intimacy in their relationship. Some of us search our entire lives for a feeling of oneness with another person. It’s hard to describe, really, what we search for, but we know it when we finally achieve it. Maybe we tire of that dark feeling of being ultimately alone as we struggle through life. If …

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Tantrums & Brain Integration

Has your 2 years-old child thrown a tantrum in the middle of a store? Has your 4 years-old refuse to get dressed? Does your fifth-grader mope on the bench instead of playing on the field? Believe it or not, a lot of it has to do with the many parts of their brain. Our right and left brain are not …

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Successful Marriage

Successful Marriage, San Diego Couples Therapy

A successful marriage can only happen if first and foremost, the husband and wife are friends. Romance is great, but it fades in and out; so don’t depend on that to keep you together. This perspective contradicts the popular notion that says couples need to be “soul mates,” “in love,” or even “compatible” before marrying. Such sentimental talk ignores the …

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Screening Children for Depression

San Diego Child Therapy

Screening Children for Depression at Age 12 The US preventive Services Task Force recently released their recommendation for screening children for depression starting at the age of 12. This recommendation was previously made in 2009 and as in 2009, the task force continued to conclude that they don’t have enough evidence to recommend the same screening for children 11 and …

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