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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 1

marriage counseling: couple after arguing

Relationships are seldom as simple as we would like They bring out our needs, anxieties, and conflicts with people from our past – parents, friends, and former partners. When we enter into a relationship we expect to be loved just for being who we are. A relationship should provide a safe zone where our partner values us for expressing our …

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Do You Have PTSD?

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

Do you have any of the following problems? If you check at least seven of the following items and it is several months after you have experienced a catastrophic event, it is advisable to have a professional consultation to determine if therapy for PTSD is indicated. 1. I have strong physical sensations (e.g., sweating, rapid heart beat) when I think …

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Symptoms of PTSD

Anxiety Therapy
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People can be considered to have PTSD when they have been exposed to an extreme trauma, the symptoms last at least a month in duration, and the symptoms cause excessive distress so that social functioning and job performance are impaired. One sign of PTSD is that the traumatic event is relived repeatedly in the person’s mind – and this appears …

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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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