Being Vulnerable

How Being Vulnerable Makes You Stronger

In one of the most touching moments of André Aciman’s novel (and Luca Gaudanigno’s achingly beautiful film) Call Me By Your Name, Professor Perlman advises his heartbroken son Elio: “if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame,…

3 Ingredients for an Effective Psychotherapy Experience

Entering psychotherapy (especially if it is a new experience) is similar to attempting a new recipe you never tried before. It can be intimidating, and you might feel uncertain or anxious about how things will turn out. Will you achieve your…
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Six Steps to Becoming an Engaged Listener [Video]

Becoming an Engaged Listener Becoming an engaged listener may come naturally for you. If it doesn’t, try the following steps, and with practice, you may feel more satisfied in your relationships and more connected. Being an engaged listener…
Starting an Open Relationship
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Starting an Open Relationship? 5 Things to Ask

Along with more positive attitudes toward sex and sexual exploration in our culture, relationships seem to be “opening up” at a more rapid pace than ever before. The concept of an open relationship may seem both exciting and intimidating…
sex communication

Let's Talk About Sex! 4 Things to Improve Sex Communication

Good sex is a multi-sensory experience that brings connection, closeness, pleasure and intimacy between two or more consenting people. When you think about sex, the physical act is usually what comes to mind. Sex that is portrayed in movies,…
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Five Key Differences Between Love and Infatuation

Is “love at first sight” a contradiction in terms? Can you really love someone you’ve only known for a few months? According to psychologist Dorothy Tennov, feelings of infatuation are far too often confused with genuine love. We are a…
signs of an unhealthy relationship

4 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

How do you know if your relationship has become unhealthy? I often see couples stay in unhealthy relationships out of the fear of being alone. Others normalize their rocky romances; they convince themselves that their relationship, while tumultuous…
setting healthy boundaries

3 Strategies for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries are a vital part of maintaining healthy relationships. They are stated limits that build integrity and authenticity in our relationships with others. Setting Healthy Boundaries lets others know what is OK and what is NOT OK. When…
constructive criticism

How to Give Constructive Criticism

We have all been in a situation where we want to give a friend, a colleague or a partner constructive criticism but feel uneasy confronting them. What if they reject or dismiss it? What if they view it as an attack? What if it comes out all…
holiday ebook

Communicate Effectively This Holiday

Tis the season to be jolly… isn’t that what they say? Holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. There are plenty of demands and expectations put upon us that can be anxiety producing. Family and friends want the celebrations…