Raising emotionally healthy teens is crucial in a world where there is no lack of things to create stress. Rates of anxiety and depression are skyrocketing, which presents a unique challenge for today’s parents. On Wednesday, September 26th from 11:30 – 12:30 I’ll be at Johns Creek High School to talk about the number one thing that can contribute to your child’s inner and outer success.
Family identity and cohesion is important. It provides an environment filled with support, a sense of belonging, and a deep understanding of who we are and what we value as a family. In healthy families individual differences are always respected and celebrated, but there is still a core family identity that binds everyone together.
As a mother, wife, and therapist I take this to heart and have worked hard to nurture it in my own family. One of the ways that we put this philosophy into practice is through our 3 core family rules.
There are some relatively simple things that we can do to improve how we relate to our partners. Here are some ways to strengthen your relationship:
Approach your partner with curiosity. When we are curious about someone, we want to learn more. We approach them with energy, openness, and a lack of preconceived judgement. We don’t take them for granted and we try to connect with their interests. Put effort into discovering who your partner is again.
Therapists are increasingly encountering clients in their practices who have experienced narcissistic abuse by a family member or intimate partner. This type of psychological abuse is complex, insidious, and requires a unique therapeutic approach. I am offering consultation for therapists who want to improve their ability to understand and identify narcissism, and better assist their clients with the emotional healing that needs to take place. Please contact me if you would like additional information.
Narcissism is a spectrum of character traits. Narcissists have difficulty with empathy, they fail to appreciate that other people may have perspectives that differ from their own, and they struggle significantly with taking accountability for their own behavior. Essentially, it is all about them and their needs.