Barriers To Intimacy In Relationship

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Barriers To Intimacy

Marriage and Family studies experts at University of Denver and authors Howard Markman and and Scott Stanley have identified four key barriers to building intimacy in relationship communication. If these are predominate patterns, their studies have shown the relationships usually end in divorce/break-up. (more…)

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Faulty Thinking Patterns

Faulty Thinking Patterns TherapyFaulty Thinking Patterns In Addicts

Often in a relationship that includes addiction, there are many faulty thinking patterns that distort reality within the addict’s and partner of the addict’s relationship.  The addict and the partner can become so adept at the distorted thinking that they automatically go to the denial, rationalizing or justifying thinking.   (more…)

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Mindfulness Recovery

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Mindfulness Recovery

Mindfulness is becoming a normal part of recovery, especially in sexual addiction recovery treatment centers. Many who are not familiar with mindfulness may ask the question, “What exactly is mindfulness?” One definition is the ability to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions in the present moment without judging or criticizing yourself or your experience. (more…)

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Hold Me Tight Fourth Conversation

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In Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight, the first three of her seven conversations reduce tension in the relationship and prepares a couple for the fourth conversation, fittingly named after her book, “Hold Me Tight.” This dialogue builds and strengthens the bond between the couple and begins to transform the relationship. (more…)

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Keeping Relationship Love Alive

Keeping Relationship Love Relationship Counseling Round Rock TexasKeeping Relationship Love On Fire

Many couples that find healing and restoration in marriage counseling but have fear that they will fall back into old unhealthy patterns after they stop the counseling. It’s very true that if the couple doesn’t actively care for their relationship, the positive progress they fought for will diminish. Conversation 7 of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is about keeping relationship love alive. (more…)

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Defining Sexual Addiction

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Defining sexual addiction

Sexual addiction, also referred to as sexual compulsion and sexual dependency can be defined as any sexual activity that feels “out of control”. The sex addict feels compelled to seek out and engage in sexual behavior, in spite of the problems it may cause in their personal, social and work lives. It may encompass any single or multiple type of sexual behavior. In the assessment and defining sexual addiction, its important to start by discussing the sexual behaviors that are out of control. (more…)

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Marriage Contempt Antidote

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The research on what makes a marriage happy is fairly an obvious answer: happy marriages have partners that really like each other. The opposite is true: unhappily married couples do not like each other. Fondness and admiration are foundations to a couple’s continued friendship. (more…)

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Knowing Your Spouse Strengthens Marriage

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Knowing Your Spouse Equals Intimacy

Every marriage desires intimacy within the relationship and true intimacy derives from “knowing” each other. You have probably heard the saying “intimacy” as “into-me-you-see.” Marriage intimacy is knowing your spouse and your spouse knowing you. Knowledge creates a strong foundation to face marital conflicts and storms. (more…)

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Changing Negative Relationship Cycle

Changing Negative Relationship Cycle Marriage CounselingSteps To Change Negative Relationship Cycle

In Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), the first step for couples to change negative relationship dance is to see it and own it. Susan Johnson writes, “You have to see the how of the dance between you and your partner and what it says about the relationship, not simply the content of the argument. You also have to see the whole dance. If you just focus on specific steps, especially the other person’s, as in ‘Hey, you just attacked me,’ you will be lost. You have to step back and see the entire picture.” (more…)

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