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Impact of Abusive Relationships

Most people would agree that experiencing violence has an impact on a person beyond the physical wounds.  What many fail to recognize, including victims themselves, is the emotional impact long after the abuse has ended, both to the victim and the children who witness it. Over the past 10 years or so there has been […]

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Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship

Acknowledging that you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship can be difficult.  Whether it is denial, embarrassment, or feeling overwhelmed because you wouldn’t know what to do, the signs are often ignored or rationalized. This list is to help identify whether a relationship is likely to become or already is abusive.  […]

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October~Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s been a while since my last post.  So much for writing more regularly J.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so I thought it would be a good time to jump back in. As I looked for up to date stats on DV I was pleasantly surprised to find many more people talking about […]

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month ~ a short story of hope for survivors

As the beginning of the month has been approaching I’ve been throwing ideas around about what to write my blog about this time.  I knew that I wanted it to be related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month (which happens to be in April).  I found myself feeling pulled in different directions in regards to a […]

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Oprah and Miscommunication

We’ve all heard that miscommunication can be a major source of difficulty.  We’ve also all experienced it, whether we recognize it or not.  I saw an episode of Oprah recently that is a perfect example of the communication problems we experience.  The episode was a discussion between Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant (http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/A-No-Holds-Barred-Conversation-with-Expert-Iyanla-Vanzant ).  Iyanla had […]

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Expectations and Letting Go

Coincidence, happenstance, karma……call it what you like, but when it happens it can certainly make you take a step back and think…hmm. Conversations around the idea of people’s expectations come up quite often in therapy.  For some, it can be a significant underlying aspect of their struggles.  Becoming aware of those expectations and being able […]

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Holiday Wish

The Holidays can be a time of joy and connection.  For some, it can also bring stress, isolation, sadness, and loneliness.  Most people don’t like to talk about this aspect of the Holiday season.  In part, because they feel alone in their feelings.  Christmas music, holiday parties, family gatherings….you can’t escape the images and pressure […]

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Giving “thanks”

It’s hard to believe it’s Thanksgiving already…it means I’ve been in Arizona for a year.  It really is true…the older you get the more quickly time seems to go by 🙂 . In many ways it feels like it’s been much longer since I left my practice in Illinois.  In other ways, when I think […]

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Domestic Violence…signs and impact

I have restarted the writing of this post several times.  Domestic violence is such an important issue and there are so many aspects to cover.  However, I’ve accepted this is a blog, not a research paper.  So, I’ve decided to, for now, provide information that might help someone recognize if she or he (or someone […]

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