Marital Conflict

Couple Mad with Each Other

Conflict is a normal part of marriage, I think we would all agree.  The problem with conflict is when nothing gets resolved and a low level of anger is constantly present in the relationship. So let’s start with what NOT to do. There are many different models for this but here is an easy one that I…

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When Your Teen Comes Out

Relationship with your teen

Your teen just told you he/she is gay. As a parent you may feel surprised, grateful they trusted you to tell you or you may feel confused, sad, but whatever you feel, first focus on your child. Let’s understand first what your teen is going through – The 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report, the largest study…

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What is Killing Your Relationship?

John Gottman, a researcher and clinician, founded the Gottman Institute dedicated to saving and enriching marriage relationships. One aspect he looks for in marriages is the existence of what he calls the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse which is a metaphor depicting the end times in the New Testament.  They describe conquest, war, hunger and…

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A.N.T.S.

Daniel Amen, M.D and founder of Amen Cinics (www.amenclinics.com) came up with an acronym, A.N.T.S – Automatic Negative Thoughts.  He had come home from work one day, found ants invading his kitchen and thought the ants reminded him of how pervasive and busy some people’snegative thoughts were. We all have a dialogue going on in…

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Feelings?? Do I Have To?

For some people, feelings can seem like a bother.  For other people, they push feelings away and dismiss them. But feelings are important. Why is that? First you need to know that in your brain, feelings are being created or triggered all the time. It seems unfortunate to miss all that information that your brain is…

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Supporting your kids going back to school

There is so much stress surrounding going back to school this year. Parents, teachers and kids are all feeling the pressure and uncertainty.  Parents have had to make tough decisions about what is best for their families surrounding school. Kids are feeling the stress of school looking different this year and not knowing what it…

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Being Calm When the World is Upside Down

The news is filled with statistics on COVID-19, event cancellations, school and church closures, Stay at Home orders.  you might be feeling a bit anxious. The problem with anxiety is how it affects our brains and therefore our behavior and decision-making abilities.  So in the middle of all this news, we need to know how…

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Online Therapy and In-Person Therapy Changes with COVID-19

Finding hope in the midst of bad news, closures and social distancing can be difficult. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone. Currently, all of us here at The Center for Hope & Healing are offering virtual appointments as well as in office appointments where we are sanitizing hourly. For a virtual appointment, just call…

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You May Not Know!

From, Sue Watkins, LMFT There has been a big change in my practice the past few months! Some of you have seen it but I wanted to be sure you all knew. First, I have renamed my practice, The Center for Hope & Healing. For every person that crosses our doorway, may they feel hope…

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