This time of year can be stressful for so many of us. We are tested on knowing what our boundaries are and how to stay true to our needs. Some of us are not partnered and that’s okay; even though as humans living in a modern society, we are bombarded with images and messages which […]

Single

How To Get Through The Holidays Single

As a relationship therapist, I often find my clients feel a sense of responsibility for their partner, or family members’ feelings.  My clients feel entangled in the emotions of their loved ones which causes them to develop people pleaser tendencies. They don’t know how to self validate and they try to anticipate, adjust or control their […]

Attachment

How to Self Validate and Stop Being A People Pleaser

By Kirsten Lyons, LSW Finding ways to care for ourselves in times of stress is critical to support our mental health. But sometimes when we are overwhelmed it can be difficult to identify what would help us feel better. That’s why I often recommend my clients create a self-care playbook to take some of the […]

Anxiety

Feeling low? Here’s How To Develop A Self Care Playbook

Are you or your partner considering opening up your relationship? Even though open relationships aren’t often talked about, they are becoming more popular. Today, somewhere between 4% and 9% of adults in the US are non-monogamous, and 1 in 5 Americans say they’ve experienced an open partnership. Keep reading to get a better understanding of how non-monogamy works, […]

Open Relationships

Considering Opening Up Your Relationship? Here’s What You Should Know

In relationships, it’s normal for each person to have their own strengths and weaknesses. When you find the right partner, you’ll complement each other so you both grow as better people. However, there is a fine line you can cross where your relationship goes from dependent to codependent. If this happens, it might be unhealthy […]

Communication

Signs You’re In A Codependent Relationship, and How to Change It

How to make marriage work and stop fighting By: Jennifer Seip, LMFT, MA 1/14/21   It is hard to make marriage work. You spend years waking up to the same person every day. You see them at their best and at their worst. Small annoyances that you thought you could let go, slowly start to […]

Communication

Make Marriage Work: Self Compassion and Empathy Decrease Conflict

Do you struggle with people-pleasing? Here are three tips to stop being a people-pleaser. August 23, 2020 By Jennifer Seip

Anxiety

3 Tips To Stop Being A People-Pleaser

By: Jennifer Seip, LMFT   Do you know when it’s okay to keep something hidden from your partner?  Many believe that in a romantic relationship, there shouldn’t be anything hidden. But how close is too close? When should you disclose information and when should it be kept to yourself? In this article, I am referring […]

Communication

Secrets Versus Privacy

Yesterday, my husband and I were talking and the topic of insecurity came up. More specifically, insecure attachment. Quickly into our conversation we realized that we had two different definitions of what it means to feel insecure in a relationship. So today I think it would be nice to break down what attachment is in […]

Attachment

Insecure Attachment: What You Should Know

For Those of You Who Are Animal Lovers: The Emotional Benefits That Come From Owning A Pet February 21, 2019 By: Jennifer Seip Hi everyone! If you don’t feel like reading, click this link for my full video! The Emotional Benefits That Come From Owning A Pet You had to know this was coming. Eventually, […]

Trauma

The Emotional Benefits That Come From Owning A Pet

Leave Your Relationship: How do you know if you should leave a long-term partner Jan 30, 2019 By: Jennifer Seip

Separation

Leave Your Relationship: How To Know When You Should Leave A Long-Term Partner

If you prefer watching instead of reading, click here! I’m sure you’ve heard this story before. You and your partner are trying to make a decision. For example, let’s say you’re planning a vacation. You want to go to a nice relaxing beach resort and they want to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Because […]

Communication

The Art Of Compromise