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effective communication and active listening

Effective Communication & Active Listening Skill...

Effective communication means, “Just say what you mean!” Sounds simple, right? But effective communication is far from simple. All too often, we try to communicate one thing, but the other person hears a completely different thing. It can be frustrating and counterproductive. Effective communication is a learned skill. It takes time and effort, but it’s…

healthy relationship boundaries

How to Set Healthy Relationship Boundaries

Do you have a hard time standing up for yourself? Do you agree to things you don’t want to do? Do you take things personally that might not be personal? You may benefit from learning how to set personal boundaries in relationships. Learning how to set healthy relationship boundaries can also help you increase your self-esteem…

Use these relationships lessons to help after an affair

5 Relationship Lessons to Learn After an Affair

Some lessons are more painful to learn than others. When betrayal is at the root, the pain is particularly deep. What are we to do if we’ve been cheated on? At first, of course, some rather extreme options may appear tempting. With a little time and perspective, however, we are left with some stark realities.…

Try these tips to help after infidelity.

From Infidelity to Intimacy? What It Takes to Be Clos...

The initial response to infidelity is often some blend of shock, anger, shame, guilt, and resentment. At some point, however, a concrete decision is made. Will the couple break-up or stay together? For those who choose to try again, it can be a long, bumpy road back to intimacy. In fact, there are more than…

Use these tips to help increase connection in your relationship.

Increase Connection & Ways You Can Get Your Spou...

On one hand, there are the many expectations we have about marriage. On the other hand, there’s reality. In the early days of most relationships, it can feel like smooth sailing. We’re on the same wavelength and feel as if we could stay up all night talking. We may even finish each other’s sentence. But…

Read to learn communication tips that can benefit you and your partner

Anger is Not an Aphrodisiac…But This Batch of C...

Are Anger and Poor Communication Hurting Your Love Life? All healthy couples argue from time to time. But when anger gets in the way of communication, your relationship suffers. Couples counseling involves learning to communicate better to deal with anger and strengthen your relationship. This batch of communication tips will help you keep a loving…

Learn how to communicate effectively with DBT interpersonal effectiveness skills

DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning Effective C...

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. Research has shown that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of disorders and issues, including depression, substance use, eating disorders, and PTSD. DBT includes skills in four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal…

Expectations sabotaging your relationship

3 Ways Your Expectations May Be Sabotaging Your Relat...

Are you unconsciously sabotaging your relationship? Do you often find yourself back at square one fighting the same old fights with your partner? It could be that your expectations are sabotaging your relationship goals and creating this friction again and again. Your expectations have taken time to form. So long, in fact, that it’s possible…

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Why Gratitude May Be the Best Gift You Give This Year

It’s the season of thanksgiving and gifting once again. Per tradition, we rush around Houston shopping for presents and filling our pantries with items for the ritual feasts. We overdose on seasonal songs and sweet family movies. We busy ourselves with online wish lists. Then we pour on ourselves loads of Pinterest-perfect pressure to create a…

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Family Conflicts: 7 Ways to Keep the Peace in Your Ho...

It seems like the most intense conflicts always happen at home and with the people closest to us. Family conflicts can take various forms, like: a shouting match with your teenager over the type of clothes they want to wear for their school’s prom a disagreement with your in-laws over where you will spend the…

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The Five Most Common Relationship Problems and What Y...

Unless you’re a recluse, your life will include relationships with other people. From your parents to your significant other, children, friends, co-workers, and much more. Naturally, relationship problems happen. After all, we’re individuals with our own personalities and quirks. Keeping interpersonal connections strong and smooth isn’t always easy. Problems at times abound. What are some…

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5 Ways Family Counseling Can Improve Your Relationshi...

Being the parent of a teen can be challenging. Your teen is struggling to develop an identity separate from yours and to move toward adulthood. Butting heads on occasion is a normal part of the territory. But sometimes the situation is a little more intense than that. Your teen seems out of control, flying into…

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7 Ways Negative Family Communication Contributes to M...

The list of factors that can potentially cause mom burnout is long. Very long. Up near the top is negative family communication. Mom is almost always the nerve center of family activities and emotions. That alone is enough to cause burnout. When communication has turned sour—or stopped completely—all bets are off. 7 Ways Negative Family…


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