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Archives for February, 2017

codependency

4 Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist

Thank you to Kimberly Sandstrom, LMFT for the following article. In it she shares her important insights on identifying narcissism and understanding the damage it can cause in relationships.


4 Signs You're Dating a Narcissist
Guest Post by Kimberly Sandstrom, LMFT


Do you feel unimportant, like an accessory, and alone in your relationship? Does your partner exhibit the characteristics of narcissism listed below?

While everyone has some narcissistic traits, only a
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codependency

What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does It Matter?

If you’re in an unhappy relationship, feel stuck in a pattern of failed relationships, or can’t seem to find Mr. (or Ms.) Right, your attachment style may be the reason.

We all learn about human relationships from our first relationships – those with our parents or primary caregivers. Understanding your attachment style can help you get to the root of your relationship troubles.

Ideally, parents provide security and safety...
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relationships

8 Expert Tips to Get Over Your Ex


A breakup or divorce is a loss that can shake up your entire life. You might feel confused, angry, or broken-hearted. It’s completely normal to feel all of these things. The end of a romantic relationship is painful. No matter the particulars, it’s a loss that needs to be grieved.

It’s natural to want to “get over" your ex and start feeling better as soon as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes...
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happiness

It’s O.K. to Feel Sad on Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day can be a depressing holiday for a lot of people. We all know that we don’t need a special day to express our love or cherish our partners. Valentine's Day may be a "Hallmark holiday", but none the less, most people expect their partner to show their love with dinner out, a card, or a gift. And they feel disappointed if the day goes unnoticed or...
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codependency

Tired of Trying to Please Everyone?


Trying to please everyone is tiring. It’s also a waste of time! When you try to be all things to all people, no one is happy. Obviously, you suffer because you give and give but don’t receive in return. Your health and well being are depleted and you grow tired and resentful. And despite your best efforts, other people aren’t happy with you either. You might...
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Boundaries

How Better Boundaries Can Prevent Burnout

When we lack boundaries we end up taking on things we don’t want to do or we overcommit ourselves. We ultimately neglect our needs in favor of trying to make other people happy, leaving us burnt out, .

We all have limited amounts of time, energy, and money. Therefore, we have to make mindful decisions about how we use our resources. We also have to replenish our resources or we’ll become...
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Self-worth

3 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others


 

Comparison feels bad. In high school, my older sister was very popular and athletic. I was neither of those things. I realize now that I had plenty of strengths, too, but at the time they didn’t make up for my lack of social standing or athletic prowess. Every time someone compared us, I was reminded that I was deficient in these areas. Comparing us didn’t recognize my strengths; it...
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