relationships

Identifying and Overcoming Defensive Communication in Relationships

By |2024-02-23T07:25:54-06:00November 24th, 2023|Marriage|

Has conversation in your relationship deteriorated to a point of causing pain and discomfort? Do you find yourself grappling with the emotional strain of discussions that should be simple, yet somehow spiral into confusion and hurt? For many couples seeking therapy, this scenario is all too familiar. The root of these recurring conflicts often lies

The Fine Line Between Protective and Overcompensating Boundaries in Relationships

By |2023-11-25T10:25:53-06:00August 25th, 2023|Trauma|

Overcompensation is a defense mechanism wherein individuals attempt to mask their perceived weaknesses or insecurities by exhibiting the opposite behavior or attitude. In the realm of intimate relationships, this can manifest as overcompensating boundaries. Such boundaries, intended to be protective, may arise from underlying fears, insecurities, or past traumas rather than from genuine personal values

Verbal abuse in a Relationship

By |2024-04-21T07:01:40-06:00April 2nd, 2020|Marriage|

(5 minute read) Has conflict in your marriage reached a breaking point? Have you noticed arguments getting more intense, happening more frequently, and escalating to name-calling, explosive anger, or intimidation? Are you worried about the damage caused by parents arguing in front of children or directing verbal abuse their way? Or maybe you feel like

Codependency in Relationships

By |2023-10-17T13:01:56-06:00January 7th, 2020|Marriage|

(4 minute read) Do you frequently put your partners' needs before your own? Do you constantly worry about their behavior, opinions, and expectations? Do you feel responsible for fixing or managing those close to you? And do you suppress your feelings to keep the peace? If so, you may be experiencing what some call codependency

How To Express Feelings To Your Partner

By |2020-03-31T19:59:45-06:00October 12th, 2019|Marriage|

(4 minute read) The ability to share our opinions and feelings with our partner is an indicator of a healthy relationship. Doing so builds a partnership that is intimate, respectful, and meaningful. It allows us to make decisions together, discuss important issues, and plan for a future. However, many couples struggle in this area. Instead

How to Show Empathy – 10 Essential Skills

By |2019-08-11T02:36:00-06:00August 11th, 2019|Marriage|

How To Show Empathy to Your Partner Whether dating or married, couples who show empathy report more satisfying relationships. Their partners are more open which leads to a greater sense of intimacy. Also, by showing empathy, they develop a richer understanding of their mate. In turn, this leads to fewer misunderstandings and arguments. What follows

The Importance of Self-Identity for Setting Relationship Boundaries

By |2020-09-14T13:30:27-06:00August 1st, 2019|Trauma|

A strong self-identity is essential when it comes to intimacy, asserting yourself and exercising good boundaries with your family, friends, and partner. It can also guard against feeling manipulated or resentful in personal relationships. But what is self-identity and where does it come from? Our self-Identity is formed during childhood and adolescence. Ideally, this was

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