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with Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT

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Searching for Myself: 6 Helpful Tips


I have often thought of life as one long twisted journey detailed by exciting highs, confusing lows, and devastating dead ends. For most of us, we enter this world with wide excited eyes that are bombarded by new images we are seeing for the first time. Our first sights usually include a smiling yet incredibly sleepy mother and a proud beaming father. Suddenly we receive that light tap on the backside that prompts our first cry,...


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Teaching a Child to Hate: 10 Consequences of Hate

Unfortunately, not all children are taught to love and respect each other, their parents, or the new spouse of a parent. Some parents in the midst of a divorce or those that have already divorced will attempt to negatively influence their child’s feelings about the other parent. Children that are targeted for hate by a parent learn more than how to just to judge and despise the other parent, they begin to develop negative feelings...


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Summertime Depression: 4 Reasons Some People Suffer From Depression

Summer for most people is typically viewed as a time for fun, sun, vacations, relaxation, endless days, etc. However, for some people summers can be a very depressing or difficult time in their life.  Emotional difficulties and challenges in the summer is often viewed as summer depression. Surprisingly, summer depression actually has a biological cause, it is diagnosed as a seasonal affective disorder, SAD. Summer months can be difficult for some people as they expect to...


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Parenting Teenagers with Special Needs: 12 Tips to Help Parents Talk About Sex & Relationships

Parenting teenagers can be both rewarding and challenging. Bodily, emotional, and hormonal changes can be a difficult adjustment for teens as well as parents. Whether your child has special needs or not, they will still enter puberty which typically leads to the development of sexual urges and desires. As sexual urges become more pronounced it can be an especially confusing time for teens as they have exited childhood but are not yet adults. Parents of...


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Emotionally Unavailable: 15 Signs You Are in A Relationship with Someone Emotionally Unavailable


 

Too often in dating and relationships we find ourselves dating individuals that may not be ready or willing to commit to a relationship, are already in a relationship, or are emotionally unavailable to sustain the relationship.  The latter poses unique stressors on dating and relationships as it can either prevent the relationship from developing or interferes with its growth. Someone who is emotionally unavailable generally possesses traits that prevent and or undermine any attempts or effort...


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Couples and Adoption- 6 Key Benefits of Adopting Older Children

More than 101,000 children wait for permanent homes in the United States. Most of the children needing a stable home are school-aged or older. Although, most people think about babies when they consider adoption, there are many older children and hundreds of teens who are currently waiting for a family. Most children that have been waiting for a stable home have been in foster care for a considerable length of time; many have faced multiple...


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I Love You, The Relationship is Over: 12 of the Most Confusing Messages in Relationships

The process of starting a romantic relationship can be exciting and exhilarating for most couples. However, when one or both partners in a relationship display inconsistent messages and behaviors the quality of the relationship can change significantly. Although, relationship quality can be affected by a number of different reasons including but not limited to; health of partners (mental or physical illness), infidelity, communication challenges, emotional or physical availability, deception, etc., conveying or receiving messages is an...


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Unhealthy Relationships: 16 Signs You Are in a Toxic Relationship

Most relationships begin with hope, anticipation, excitement, and optimism. The thought of two people sharing and building a life together can be exhilarating. Most of us enter into romantic relationships with ideas about what we do and do not want based upon on our own family relationships, what we've seen in the media, and our own past relationship experiences. Holding on to unrealistic expectations and inability to identify toxic changes in...


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How to Talk to Teens about Sexting: 8 Helpful Tips

Not long ago the term sexting wasn’t a term you heard very often or at the very least understood by most. Unlike the teens of yester years whose life played out in school or on the telephone, most of today’s teens are comfortable with playing out and documenting their lives online via social media outlets. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit photos, messages, voicemails, IM’s, videos, etc., either via phone, computer, webcam...


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How to Help Children Celebrate Holidays After Parents’ Divorce

Unfortunately, with most divorces even those that are amicable the connection and contact does not end when it becomes finalized. Many times and for many different reasons former couples will need to interact post-divorce to address some lingering issues, , joint financial responsibilities, property, etc. However, when there are children of the marriage the contact and communication between the former spouses must be ongoing for the sake, health, and...