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Eating Disorders

Nancy Ryan

Eating disorders have become increasingly common in recent years. While the exact causes of eating disorders are very personal and often not even completely understood, eating disorders can affect people in several ways, including mental and physical health.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are four basic categories of eating disorders. Each of these categories has specific symptoms, however, eating disorders may present differently in individuals that may be diagnosed with the same eating disorder.

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What is Codependency?

Nancy Ryan

Codependency is defined as a series of behaviors that involve or result from being physically, emotionally, or in any other way completely devoted to  another individual, usually at a detriment to their own wellbeing. There are several types of codependency. In most codependent relationships, there is one person who enables the behavior of the other individual. Although in some instances two individuals can be codependent in different ways to each other.

Find out the signs of codependency here

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How To Tell The Kids You Are Going To Divorce

Nancy Ryan

Deciding to go forward with a divorce is, or should be, one of the hardest decisions you ever have to deal with in life. As hard as it may be for the two people actually getting divorced, for kids of divorce, it can be a huge traumatic issue. However, if you and your (soon to be) ex tread carefully, you can actually help your children move through the divorce to come out the other side just fine.

The hardest part is telling them that you have made the decision. Here is a step by step guide to telling your kids you are going to divorce. Please keep in mind that each step may appear slightly different depending on the age and maturity of your children.

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Tips for Dating After Divorce

Nancy Ryan

Divorce can be emotionally taxing for anyone involved, including the couple that gets divorced, close family, and especially children (even adult children). Depending on how long the marriage was and how difficult the divorce process was, being ready to put yourself out into the dating world again can be very difficult. Hopefully, these tips will help you to put yourself out there and take a chance again.

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20 Ways to Know You Are In a Healthy Relationship

Nancy Ryan

Everyone has some idea of what a healthy relationship looks like. Most people have a hard time recognizing if their relationship is healthy, or where it may need to improve. (Hint: even healthy relationships can be improved)

Whether you have a couple in mind or have seen an example in the media of what you may consider a healthy relationship, there is some characteristic that most healthy relationships have in common. In this article we give you a brief rundown of the 20 ways that you may be able to tell if your relationship is healthy, or close to it. You can use these characteristics to help improve your relationship or at least open up some communication.

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Sound Relationship House: How the Masters at Relationships Succeed

Nancy Ryan

Doctors John and Julie Gottman have spent their entire careers helping couples and individuals build strong, sound relationships. One of the tools they use to aid in the journey is what is referred to like The Sound Relationship House Theory.

This theory poses that when you build your relationship on a strong foundation your partnership will be able withstand any trial and tribulation.

Understanding the Sound Relationship House: Floor by Floor

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The Four Most Damaging Communication Styles

Nancy Ryan

Dr. John Gottman, along with his wife Julie, has been a major influential force in the psychological community. Published in over 200 articles and over 40 books, Gottman is considered a go-to source of information on relationship psychology, including marriage and family counseling. At the Relationship Therapy Center, we use this method in our couples counseling. 

One of the concepts that Gottman presents is a set of conversation and communication styles known as the Four Horsemen, named for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Each negative communication style is unique; however, all can be damaging to any relationship.

In this article, we’ll give you a brief look at each of the communication styles and ways to recognize and correct these habits before they tear apart your relationship. We hope to provide you with a good overview.

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How to Be a Great Listener

Nancy Ryan

One of the most important skills everyone should learn is the art of being a great listener. From a young age we learn to express ourselves in lots of different ways both verbal and non-verbal. Learning to listen is a lifetime learning process. Thanks to the work of Dr. John Gottman and The Gottman Institute, there is now a few basic guidelines to help you practice this important skill.

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Top 7 Myths or Stereotypes of Couples Counseling

Nancy Ryan

Counseling, in general, has its own naysayers and critics; that is just part of being in the mental health field. Couples Counseling has its very own set of stereotypes, or myths that creep in, some from movies or other media, others from friends and family. Most stick in the minds of people, keeping them from seeking the assistance they may need to move their relationship in a positive and rewarding direction.

What are these stereotypes? Here is a quick look at seven of the most common myths and what the real truth is. You decide which ones you may have been leaning toward.

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