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How to Know You’re Ready to Commit

How to Know You’re Ready to Commit

As we enter into the holiday season, this time of year begins to spark a lot of questions about our relationships with our significant others and whether we should continue. It can be challenging to dodge questions from well meaning family members about your...

Understanding Self-harm

Understanding Self-harm

elf-harm is, for the most part, another taboo topic in society today. It’s a topic that’s uncomfortable for many, as it should be. Hurting oneself is serious and alarming, so it makes sense that it’s not something we approach lightly. It may not even be something that...

Is It Stress or Anxiety?

Is It Stress or Anxiety?

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Depending on the severity levels of stress and/or anxiety, it can present many challenges and significantly impact the quality of life. Many of us use the terms stress and anxiety interchangeably...

Quick Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

Quick Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

We can all spout out some good sleep hygiene facts - get 8 hours of sleep, avoid blue light, avoid caffeine, and the list goes on. Typically, we have some awareness that sleep is important, but I think we tend to vastly underestimate just how important it is. Here are...

Spiritual Trauma Part 4: Leaving Well

Spiritual Trauma Part 4: Leaving Well

Faith in community is tricky to navigate because people aren’t perfect. At some point, there may come a time when you realize that you can no longer stay in your community. When that happens, it can be a challenge to know how to leave well. You might be really angry...

Accepting Yourself & Your Partner

Accepting Yourself & Your Partner

Through the years, as relationships continue to grow, it can be easy to feel like there is some distance between you and your significant other. Some of the characteristics about them that you once enjoyed or loved you now see as negative attributes. Alan Fruzzetti...

Why Validation Matters

Why Validation Matters

With current trends and divorce rates in the United States, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is going wrong in some marriages. Of course, there are plenty of different reasons for each marriage to end, from infidelity, to general conflict, and miscommunication...

Situation-ships

Situation-ships

Are you in a situationship? I promise, I didn’t make up that term. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Alpert defines it in this way, “Less than a relationship, but more than a casual encounter, a situationship refers to a romantic relationship that is, and remains,...

Creating a Sense of Belonging

Creating a Sense of Belonging

Belonging is the sense that we feel when we are connected and accepted by others. It’s a basic human need to be seen, loved, and cared for by people in our lives. The desire to belong is present from the moment we’re born and it continues throughout every stage of our...