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After a hiatus in blog posting, I am reopening my office, now in West Des Moines, Iowa. I am also offering both in-person and online sessions (the latter, to Washington and Iowa residents). Feel free to check my new website and share the word. Blog posting will restart...

I personally believe that gratitude and self-compassion are key pillars in life, coupled with hard work and fun. Both authors of this book are well-known for their work on self-compassion. This workbook can take people to inner places of love that they never knew were...

This is a new book that comes with excellent recommendations. We tend to run away from pain, not grieving small and big hurts, and unknowingly carrying these hurts with us throughout life.  The sooner we can deal with grief after a painful event, the better. This is a...

There are some fundamental measures of respect that each of us is entitled to in a romantic relationship - expectations that form a baseline for long-term success, and whose absence may doom a couple's prospects. The author finds seven measures to be inalienable:

1. You...

Most unfaithful partners underestimate the breadth and depth of the fallout after infidelity. Despite the devastation, many couples can recover from an affair and build a stronger relationship if they work hard on it. The author lists 15 essential steps to recover a re...

This is the first book of its kind written to help people of aith who have experienced religious sexual shame. This shame and trauma comes as an inadvertent byproduct of the sex-negative sexual ethic of conservative religion. Based on ten years of research, it explains...

Dr. John Gottman, renowned psychologist and relationship researcher, has conducted extensive research at the University of Washington on couples and why relationships fail. He has been able to predict whether a couple would divorce with over 90% accuracy based on six p...

The authors suggest 25 habits to strengthen and excite your relationship. They are:

1. Prioritize your relationship with meetings

2. Learn emotional intelligence

3. Create a relationship vision

4. Lead with respect and kindness

5. Practice acceptance of your partner

6. Cheri...

 Most love relationships do stall or falter after the initial infatuation phase. This is the time when irritations with your partner start to show up and your own insecurities and past wound begin to seep through the perfect facade you present to one another in early d...

1. Enhance your love maps: learn more about each other, be interested again, date again.

2. Nurture your fondness and admiration: put a positive spin on your marriage's history.

3. Turn toward each other instead of away: be a good friend to your partner, do things for ea...

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