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Validation

Validation is a term we hear more and more these days, and in therapist Candace Kensley's work with couples and families, it is something that comes up in almost every session. What does it mean, why is it important, and how can we use it to build better relationships? Let’s talk about it!
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What to do when Perfectionism hinders our relationships?

There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence or having expectations, but what happens when you find yourself taking things personally, feeling depleted, or thinking you are a failure because you received feedback from someone? If your perfectionism is causing you to act or react in ways that negatively impact your relationships, there are strategies...
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Boundaries

Our kids practice setting boundaries with us from a young age, to assert themselves through stages of growing independence, and also to learn what limits will be respected based on how we react. These transition times can be scary for parents, as we struggle with feelings of inadequacy,  loss or rejection. But when we handle...
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“Holding Space” for Others’ Distress: How to Be There for your Loved One Without Trying to Fix Their Problems

There are plenty of advantages to simply “being with” someone in their distress. In this blog post, learn what they are and how you can implement this in your relationships.
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Romantic Relationships: What’s Self-Esteem Got To Do with It?

How we feel about ourselves impacts how we feel about our partners and our relationships. Read on to see why this is so.
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Community and Mental Health: Healthier and More Fulfilled Together

Being part of a community leads to better health and a more fulfilled life. In this blog post, Dr. Lisa Linardatos shares her suggestions and tips for joining communities near you!
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How Co-Rumination Turns Healthy Relationships Toxic

What is co-rumination? Why can it be harmful? How can we spot it and prevent it? Read Miriam's blogpost to find out!
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Choose Yourself While Respecting Others: The Whys and Hows of Assertiveness

Do you find it difficult to set boundaries and ask others to respect them, and to ask for what you need in a way that respects others? If you have trouble being assertive, it may be a sign that you have low self-esteem, lack self-compassion, or struggle with social anxiety. Read on to find out...
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