Posts Tagged ‘Relationships’

Valentine’s Day: Lavender Rose Body Butter

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Is there anything more beautiful, relaxing and intoxicating all at once than standing near a real lavender field? What lovely color and romantic scent! Nature brings us such joy and beauty!

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Guest Post: Better Angels – Let’s Depolarize America

Guest Post:

Better Angels – Slowly Bridging the Partisan Divide

This week of August 25, 2018, there’s been an outpouring of respect and love for the late Senator John McCain. It is good to see the nation once again remember that we are all Americans together.

 

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Valentine’s Day Relationship Skill: Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now 

by Joni Mitchell

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

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Valentine’s Day DIY Romantic Body Massage Oil

Banish those negative feelings! Nurturing your connection is important. It’s important to connect positively every day! Research by John Gottman, Ph.D.,  the grandaddy of  marriage counseling, shows that for every negative interaction, five positive ones are needed to compensate to keep up a positive balance of feelings.  Happy, stable marriages naturally fall into the 5:1 ratio. The good news is you can consciously make an effort to happily tease your partner, be interested in what s/he has to say, or spontaneously burst into song and dance in the living room!

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Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Top Apps for 5 to 8 Year Old Children

If you are looking for the best apps for kids 5-8 years old who are kindergartners and young elementary kids, you need such apps that balance education, creativity, and fun. In choosing apps for kids, you need more than just the regular arcade games to find the best outlet for the kids’ creativity and emotions.

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Three: Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotion Focused Therapy: Modifying Adult Attachment Patterns

 

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Today we’ll examine some of the concepts of Dr. Sue Johnson’s work in relationship therapy. I draw heavily on her work as well Dr. Gottman’s work when conducting relationship sessions.

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Two: Dr. John Gottman and What Predicts Divorce?

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Today we’ll examine one aspect of Dr. John Gottman’s work. He provides clear, evidence-based information distilled from his many years of research about what predicts divorce.

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Part One: The Complexity of Marriage and Marriage Counseling

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Do you sometimes wonder why there’s a general feeling of negativity in your relationship?

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Relationship: The Listening Door

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 

by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light

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