Posts Categorized: Couples & Relationships

The Struggle is Real: Unhealthy Communication

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It may surprise you to know that only thirty-one percent of the problems that couples experience are conflicts that can be resolved. The other sixty-nine percent of the problems are irresolvable perpetual issues. Both marriages with high marital satisfaction and those on the verge of divorce experience these same ratios. So what is the difference […]

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The Struggle is Real: Priorities

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In what areas of your life do you operate intentionally? Many people are intentional about their career path, the pursuit of their financial goals, the attainment of their retirement plans, their spiritual growth and even their charitable giving. Far too few of us, however, devote the same intentionality to maintaining and enhancing the relationship with […]

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The Struggle is Real: Sex

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The beginning of a romantic relationship, and often the “honeymoon” stage of a marriage, abounds with passion. A person feels “butterflies” when near their partner, their thoughts turn to their partner frequently and with a daydream-like quality, they just want to be with their partner, talk with their partner, and touch their partner. Over time, […]

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The Struggle is Real: Marriage Expectations

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It seems no one has “Rose Colored Glasses” quite to the degree as couples who are engaged or “Just Married”! If they could bottle up those emotions and sell them, I think we would have a lot of “love addicts.” What those couples are going through is a powerful cocktail of unconscious connection, conscious attraction, […]

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PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence (Excerpt from PTSD Monthly Update from the US Dept. of VA)

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers specifically to violence and aggression between intimate partners. IPV can include physical, sexual or psychological abuse or stalking. In the United States, about 1 in 4 women (or 27%) and 1 in 10 men (or 11%) report having been harmed by sexual or physical violence, or by stalking by an […]

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No Longer Wanting to Die (excerpt from New York Times)

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No Longer Wanting to Die By Will Lippinscott New York Times – May 16, 2015 After decades of therapy and in patient hospitalization, Mr. Lippincott describes his experience of being suicidal and how dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) gave him an effective set of skills “that have been nothing short of transformative”.  The Summit’s DBT Program […]

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Validation – The Key to Communication

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When one member of the family is suffering with any sort of mental health concern or crisis, the whole family is affected.  During these times, it is often hard for family members to know how to effectively communicate with that family member.  Do you say something? Do you ask how they are doing? Do you […]

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After “I Do”

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Whether you’ve been married 5 months or 25 years, every couple has its disagreements and conflicts. Merging two different personalities is no easy task. From finances and in-laws to communication and sex, there are hurdles every couple has to cross. Dealing with these issues early can keep the relationship on better footing. And the benefits […]

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