5 Tips to Survive Holidays with the Family

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As the holiday season bears down on us, many folks find their anxiety levels spiking in anticipation of yet another stressful family holiday.  We all know that family gatherings can be difficult to varying degrees, and in some homes, to an extreme degree. So what can you do to make it through the holiday season without cracking?  Here are 5 tips to help you survive holidays with the family. 1. Expect the Expected Don’t pin your holiday hopes on this year being different from every other year.  Unless there has been a major change in family structure, or people have spent the year in therapy,...
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Family Therapy: Parents & Children

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We frequently get calls for family therapy, specifically regarding troubled mother/daughter relationships.  These include young parents with school- or preschool-aged children, middle-aged women with their teenage/young adult daughters, and even up to elderly women who still struggle with having a proper relationship with their adult daughters. Why does this particular relationship so often run into trouble?  The truth is, there is probably just as much opportunity for conflict with fathers and with sons. However, since our culture frowns upon men expressing emotion (apart from the emotio...
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Mother Trouble

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Check out our new video about one of our unique specialties - helping adults manage their relationships with their own parents!  We hear a lot of complaints about this kind of issue out in the community and just chatting with friends, but not a lot of people think to get professional help with it.  Sometimes, a few counseling sessions is just what's needed to figure out how to break through an impasse, make amends, or just learn how to deal with a nasty relative.  Check it out:   Learn more about getting help with your parents and in-laws here.
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Between Parents & In-Laws

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Here is a recent column of mine that appeared in a local newspaper discussing a common issue that comes up in families. While this person may or may not be a candidate for family therapy, it is always worth considering the option of bringing in an objective third party to help resolve family conflicts. Learn more about help with in-laws here.
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