Posts Categorized: Carleen Newsome

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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4 Dangerous Communication Patterns

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(That Likely Indicate a Need for Couples Counseling.) Arguments happen in all marriages, in fact, they are necessary.  Conflicts often arise because of financial stresses, parenting issues and misunderstandings. Couples must face these daily disagreements in order to operate and function effectively.  However, there are forms of negativity in arguments that have been found to be more destructive or corrosive to […]

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Help, my teenager is driving me crazy!

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Adolescence is a transitional period in the human life span, linking childhood and adulthood. Numerous changes are happening between 12 and 18 years of age. Sometimes these changes begin as early as 10 years old. Often competent parents who have enjoyed the job of parenting become unhinged during their child’s adolescent years. I often hear […]

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Healing Your Trauma Wounds

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Traumatic events are distressing or life-threatening experiences that can severely compromise emotional well-being. Such events can include being the victim of a crime, experiencing or witnessing a severe accident, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, exposure to a natural disaster, participating in war combat or enduring physical, sexual or emotional abuse. After a traumatic event it […]

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Creating meaning and purpose in the midst of change

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Throughout life it is normal and expected to experience periods of time when we seem to be transitioning from one phase of life to another.  Life transitions can be joyful – like when we get married or become a new parent or overwhelming – like when we experience the death of someone close to us […]

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All Arguments are not Created Equal

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Arguments happen in all marriages, in fact they are necessary.  Conflicts  may arise because of  financial stresses, parenting issues and misunderstandings. Couples must face these daily disagreements in order to operate and function effectively.  However, there are forms of negativity in arguments that have been found to be more destructive or corrosive to a marriage than others.  Dr. Gottman, a noted […]

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A Quick and Easy Technique to Improve Marital Communication

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Do the arguments between you and your spouse quickly disintegrate into a heated battle without any chance of reaching a win/win conclusion?  Check to make sure that a harsh start up is not dooming you to failure.  A harsh start up is when you or your spouse begins a discussion with a harsh or critical statement. This statement […]

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