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Healing From An Abusive Relationship – Breaking The Chains

Leaving an abusive relationship is a monumental and courageous step that marks the beginning of a challenging yet empowering journey toward healing. The effects of ...
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Marriage Intensive Retreats: Empower Your Bond and Embrace Happiness

Marriage intensive retreats offer a transformative opportunity for married couples to invest deeply in their relationship. Whether you’re facing significant challenges or simply looking to ...
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5 Benefits of Marriage Counseling

Maintaining healthy relationships is not just beneficial; it’s essential for our emotional and psychological well-being. In the intricate dance of a committed relationship, keeping step ...
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Embracing Each Other: Overcoming PTSD Triggers in Your Relationship

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that arises after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This disorder can profoundly impact ...
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Couples Therapy Questions – Deepening Connection

Imagine a journey where every conversation strengthens the bond between you and your partner. Effective communication is the compass of this journey, guiding couples through ...
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Navigating Love Together: Exploring Different Types of Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling is an important tool to help couples navigate the challenges of married life while strengthening their relationship for a happy and satisfying marriage. ...
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Stages of emotionally focused therapy.

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of couples therapy that has proven to be highly effective in helping couples improve their communication, ...
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How long does emotionally focused therapy take?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of therapy that addresses the role of emotions within relationships. Couples, individuals, and families seek out ...
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Why marriage counseling is important?

IN THIS ARTICLE: Marriage can be a one of the most fulfilling and meaningful relationships in life, yet it’s not without its challenges. Couples often find ...
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Who created emotionally focused therapy?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  When it comes to marriage and couples counseling, there are a number of approaches and techniques developed by talented and skilled therapists. Emotionally ...
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EFT VS Gottman for Couples Therapy.

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Couples therapy plays can be a helpful tool for building and maintaining healthy romantic relationships. All couples face challenges and conflicts, and may need ...
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How long does marriage counseling take?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Being in a committed relationship can be a wonderful experiences when it is filled with love, companionship, acceptance of each other, and support ...
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Who benefits from emotionally focused therapy?

IN THIS ARTICLE: Understanding Emotionally Focused Therapy Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has gained significant popularity in recent years as a highly effective approach to couples ...
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What does a sex therapist do?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Sexual health is an important part of both individual and relational well-being. At the same time, many people face challenges that impact ...
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Goals of emotionally focused therapy

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Brief Overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Emotionally Focused Therapy is type of couples therapy developed by Dr. Sue Johnson that views ...
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What does marriage counseling help with?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Marriage is one of the biggest decisions a person will make in their life, and the a big commitment between two people to ...
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Building Deeper Connections in Marriage: The power of Vulnerability

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Vulnerability is an often misunderstood topic, especially when much of our society teaches people to not be vulnerable or show signs of weakness. But ...
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How long should marriage counseling last?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Marriage counseling is a tool that many couples use to help resolve relationship problems, improve communication, and feel like a team again. Through ...
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Why marriage counseling works

IN THIS ARTICLE: Marriage is a one of a kind relationship that can bring a lot of joy to your life. At the same time, ...
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PTSD symptoms in relationships: navigating Trauma as a Couple

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health diagnosis that can can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event or other traumatic event ...
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Military PTSD and Relationships

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Military post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) affects many veteran and service members who have served in combat zones or who have gone through ...
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Can emotionally focused therapy help with betrayal?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  It can be a devastating experience when you experience a betrayal in your relationship, and can leave deep emotional wounds for both individual and couples. Emotionally Focused Therapy ...
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Benefits of couples counseling

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Couples counseling improves communication Counseling improves conflict resolution  Couples counseling strengthens relationships  Couples counseling improves self awareness Couples improves coping skills  Many ...
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How does Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) work?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  The 3 Stages of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT or EFCT) is an evidenced based couples therapy ...
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What is emotionally focused therapy by sue johnson?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  ​Overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) by Sue Johnson Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of therapy that focuses on the ...
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How effective is emotionally focused therapy?

If you are looking for a couples counselor, you have probably come across Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and may be wondering if EFT is ...
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When to seek marriage counseling?

Relationships are hard, and having difficult times is a normal part of ever marriage. So it can be hard to know when you need to ...
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Is marriage counseling confidential?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  What is marriage counseling? Marriage counseling is a type of counseling that helps couples navigate problems and challenges in their relationship in ...
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How to find a Marriage Counselor

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Marriage counseling can be helpful for couples who are struggling with problems in their relationship (learn more about the benefits of marriage ...
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How often does marriage counseling end in divorce?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Marriage counseling s a form of counseling that helps couples improve their relationships with the help of a licensed therapist. Often times ...
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Will marriage counseling help with infidelity?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Understanding infidelity  Infidelity, commonly referred to as cheating, is a common issues that impact many couple relationships and marriages. When someone goes outside of the ...
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What type of therapist is best for marriage counseling?

IN THIS ARTICLE: When there are relationship problems, it can be very challenging on a marriage. Marriage counseling can be a helpful tool for couples to ...
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Benefits of Marriage Intensive Counseling

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Your marriage is one of the most important relationships in your life, but it can also be challenging. When when you think ...
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Marriage counseling in Virginia (VA)

IN THIS ARTCLE:  Overview of marriage counseling in VA Marriage is a special relationship where two people commit to being there for each other. However, ...
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Couples Counseling in Virginia

IN THIS ARTICLE:  All couples face challenges and couples counseling can be a tool to help you overcome relationship challenges and build a stronger relationship ...
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Couples Therapy in Virginia: Improving your Relationship

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Maintaining a happy and health relationship can be challenges and many couple experience challenges along the way. Common struggles couples experience include communication issues, broken trust, and decreased physical and ...
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Will marriage counseling save my marriage?

IN THIS ARTICLE:  Today, I had a couple who told me that marriage counseling with me literally saved their marriage. While you may be wondering ...
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Military Spouse Deployment Depression: Understanding the Challenges and Coping Strategies

IN THIS ARTICLE: Military deployment refers to when military couples are separated due to the military service member deploying to aa combat or non-combat zone. ...
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How to Build Trust in a Marriage

As a marriage counselor, couples often come to me wanting to know how to build trust in a marriage again.  Sometimes there was a breach ...
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How to Help Your Girlfriend with Depression

​ If your girlfriend is experiencing depression, that can be very difficult for both of you. Often times your girlfriend may be thinking that there is ...
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3 Types of Intimacy in Marriage

When looking for a romantic relationship, we all want intimacy. When people talk about good marriages, they talk about how they have intimacy. And when ...
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Quality Time Love Language

With the Quality Time Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when give them your undivided attention. Quality Time looks like looking into your partner’s ...
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Acts of Services Love Language

With the Acts of Service Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when you do things for them that you know they would like. Acts ...
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Gifts Love Language

With the Gifts Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when they receive meaningful gifts from their partner.  Gifts like small notes, mementos, or their ...
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Physical Touch Love Language

With the Physical Touch Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when they receive physical touch and affection from their partner.  Touch like hugs, kisses, ...
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Words of Affirmation Love Language

With the Words of Affirmation Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when they receive compliments from their partner.  Verbalizing your love with words has ...
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Five Love Languages Part 3: Giving Vs. Receiving

Five Love Languages Summary The five love languages, based on the book by Dr. Gary Chapman, are a method of understanding how you and you ...
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How do you know your love language? Love Language Series part 2

Five Love Languages Summary The five love languages, based on the book by Dr. Gary Chapman, are a method of understanding how romantic partners feel ...
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Five Love Languages Summary–Part 1: Overview

Each person has something specific that makes him or her feel loved—a love language. The concept of love languages has become so wide spread that many ...
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5 Things Couples Therapy Can Help With—Part 6: Confusion On How It All Went Wrong

Did you miss a blog in this series? Click here to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. ​If you are like the most people, ...
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5 things Couples Therapy Can Help With—Part 5: Feeling Insecure

Did you miss a blog in this series? Click here to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. A romantic relationship is simultaneously the source of ...
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5 things Couples Therapy Can Help With—Part 3: Loneliness

​Did you miss Part 1 or Part 2? Clink the link to read more. Nothing is as painful as being alone in a relationship. To be in the ...
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5 things Couples Therapy Can Help With—Part 4: Sexual Disconnection

Did you miss a blog in this series? Click here to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Two things tend to happen in our sex lives ...
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5 things Couples Therapy Can Help With—Part 2: Fighting

Did you miss Part 1? Read it here. ​Ever wonder what couple therapy can actually help with? In this post, I’ll discuss how it can help couples ...
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Living Your Best Life During COVID-19

​I know everyone is getting a lot of information about the coronavirus. As a therapist, I get information from other therapists around the globe on ...
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5 Things Couple Therapy Can Help With—Part 1: Overview

​Whether you have tried therapy before, know someone who has, or have a friend who you think should go to couple therapy—you may be wondering what ...
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Welcome to Communicate and Connect!

Hello! Welcome to the Communicate & Connect Blog & Podcast. My name is Liz and I’m a marriage counselor. Communicate and Connect has been designed to have educational tips ...
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