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Couples Counseling: The Gottman Method

The Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy is a specialized type of research-based intervention focused on assisting couples work through barriers of communication and conflict.  Couples that opt to can engage in ongoing relationship counseling using Gottman tools. Over the past 40 years, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman have been quietly revolutionizing the study of marriage, conducting research on what...[ read more ]

4 Reasons To See A Therapist vs. Talking to Friend

You are going through a challenging time.  Maybe your boss is giving you a hard time, your significant other is not listening to your concerns, or your mother is nitpicky about everything. Talking to a friend is nice and helpful to get support, but you’re finding you’re really not moving forward with anything changing.  Maybe you’re also worried that your...[ read more ]

Harm Reduction: Substance Abuse Treatment

No one plans to develop a reliance on alcohol or other substances.  But too often, before you know it, you can feel out control or, at the very least uncomfortable, with your use. Abstinence and active participation in 12-step groups is the best choice for some, but it is not the only way to regain control.   For many addressing...[ read more ]

Support, Empathy, Truth – SET: Communication Tip for Borderline Personality

When borderline personality disorder (BPD) makes communication difficult, following the SET method may help. SET stands for SUPPORT, EMPATHY, and TRUTH. It was developed by Jerold J. Kreisman, MD, and Hal Straus, the authors of I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me and Sometimes I Act Crazy. Why SET Works The symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) can result in a BP (person...[ read more ]

Sexual Assault – Trauma Recovery

It is hard not to have heard allegations of sexual assault levied against the Donald Trump in the current presidential campaign – the most recent reports coming to light after the release of the “hot mic” tape from 2005, where he is heard boasting about kissing and grabbing women with no regard for their consent. Even before the recent news...[ read more ]

The Most Important Relationship We Have Is With Ourselves

I once read a quote that said the most important relationship we have in our lives is with ourselves. That really stood out to me as I think often we prioritize the relationships we have with our significant other, family members, friends, or even work, ahead of the relationship we have with ourselves. But, when it comes down to it,...[ read more ]

Why Choose A Therapist Not Just A Life Coach

People chose to go to therapy for all kinds of reasons. Deciding to see a therapist does not mean that a person is “crazy” nor weak-willed. Psychotherapy is a “talking cure” that aims to help the client make sense of his/her feelings and experiences by working through the fears and concerns with the guidance of a trained clinician. Seeing a...[ read more ]

How To Cope – Improving Coping Skills

Everyone copes, but some ways are better than others. Looking at how we cope, and what we want the outcome to be are important steps to improving overall functioning. So What Are Coping Skills Anyway? Coping skills are abilities or talents employed to effectively respond to issues that result in disadvantage or adversity. Coping skills are applied everyday, some with...[ read more ]



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