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“Orange” You Glad We Are Family?

“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin Knock, knock. Who’s There? Your family! You and your family sit down for the first time with a family therapist.  Some feelings you may experience are nervousness, anxiety, […]


4 November 2013
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Relationship Needs

Everyone has needs in a relationship. If you or your partner feels unfulfilled in your relationship, it could be that you aren’t meeting each others’ needs. Just realizing that your partner has needs, and that they really do need to be filled can help you identify where you can work on your relationship. Dr. Willard Harley, Jr. suggests […]


Should I Get Divorced? Relationship IQ Quiz

Awesome quiz from Divorce Busting by Michele Weiner-Davis. Having marriage problems? Are you considering divorce? Well, it?s time you put your assumptions about marriage issues to the test! Take the Relationship IQ Quiz and find out what makes a healthy marriage, what causes divorce, and what most people do after infidelity occurs. If you?re looking […]


3 November 2013
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Switching from Negative to Positive Self-Talk

Self-talk is the inner voice in your mind that talks to you. Your internal voice can determine how you identify in each situation; it consists of conscious thoughts in addition to subconscious thoughts and viewpoints. Some self-talk can be reasonable, for example, ‘I need to cook dinner’, ‘I need to study’, ‘Today is Tuesday’. On […]


2 November 2013
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Professional Counseling or Pastoral Counseling

Do you need to see your Pastor or a Professional? Choosing the right counselor can sometimes be a tough decision. You may find yourself “stuck between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to choosing what kind of counselor you think would be best for your situation. Many times when we have problems that […]


National Domestic Violence Month 2013

Today is the last day of October National Domestic Violence Awareness month.  What is considered domestic violence?  The National Domestic Violence Hotline describes domestic violence as a “pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner”.   Whether it is sexual, emotional, verbal or physical […]


30 October 2013
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Are You a Good Parent?

Most people want to be good parents. But what makes a “good” parent? No rules? Lots of rules? Experts identify three parenting styles: Authoritarian parenting or a “brick wall” family: Authoritarian parents have an attitude of “my way or the highway.” The benefit of this style of parenting is that the kids have structure and […]


What We Want vs. What We Need

What We Want versus What We Need? In an ideal world we would satisfy our search for a significant other, with someone who fulfills all of our wants and needs. This would be our Mr. or Ms. Right.  Does such a person exist? Are our standards set to high that no one will ever be […]

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