For the sake of the children….

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When you are guiding a couple or an individual in coping with a separation or a divorce, the focus must remain on what's best for the children.

Because ... the parents' behavior becomes their child's legacy as each parent is individually modeling and teaching their children about coping, conflicts and communication. 

Your role is to give your client(s) a safe place to talk and learn about...

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What keeps you going? What's your "why"?

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This blog talks about finding your passion, your "why." It's from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

I posted this anonymous quote on social media today, “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic”.

I posted it as much for myself, as for anyone else that needs...

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Do You Run From Any Potential Confrontation?

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Do you work with people that tend to avoid confrontation? If so, check out this blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

Do you fear confrontation or run away from what could be a potential or perceived conflict?

For many people, anticipating a confrontation or being concerned that a conversation will “go...

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Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

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Think of driving and where you are situated in the car as a metaphor for self-awareness. This blog discusses that topic and it's from TheRelationshipProtocol.com. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

Let's look at “driving in a car” as a metaphor for how individuals live their lives.  

It’s important to be an effective and careful driver. When...

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A Quick Solution for Handling an Unexpected Argument in Session

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Many relationships that come into your office could be on the verge of an uncontrollable argument at any moment. These types of unsteady, volatile relationships often reveal themselves early on in the therapeutic process.

For many clinicians, it feels uncomfortable or intimidating, knowing that every disagreement might result in a full-blown verbal boxing match.

But what about those...

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“Ugh! They’re arguing in my office. What the heck do I do now?!”

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Have you ever felt this way? If so, you’re not alone. Feeling uncomfortable, inadequate or helpless when clients are fighting in front of you, are common reactions of many, if not most, mental health professionals, even ones with many years of experience under their belt.

Disagreements and conflicts are a natural part of all close and important relationships. Yet, when negative or intense...

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Try Changing YOUR Response. See What Happens.

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This blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com offers some suggestions for changing the direction of an interaction. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

 

Do you know that relationships are similar to the gears on a clock that all work together? Each mechanism is connected in some way. When one gear moves, the others move. If one gear slows down, the rest of the...

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Just say “thanks”

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This blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com talks about appreciation. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

How do you react when someone at your home or work does something nice for you, or goes out of their way for you, or perhaps makes an effort to change how they respond or relate to you?

What about when someone makes your life a little easier, and/or does something...

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A simple but powerful tool. Try this!

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When your client says something such as “She made an effort,” do you know what to do next?

What’s your typical follow-up comment or question?

Most often, here’s how I proceed…

I take one sentence, such as “It meant a lot to me that she made an effort,” or “Last night, I got very upset when we argued,” and I break it down. I dissect it,...

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Don't Ignore What's Happening... State the Obvious.

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This blog from the TheRelationshipProtocol.com talks about a simple but important communication tip. See “Notes for Professionals” at the end. 

 

Here’s a question that might give you pause: When you’re in the middle of a chaotic or difficult situation, such as an escalating argument, a new stressful job, or a health crisis, do you talk about it?

I’m not...

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