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Why is self-compassion fundamental to sustaining a long-term loving relationship?

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Beyond the limerence phase in the early stages of a relationship, couples can struggle to develop and maintain a long-term relationship.

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Love the one you're with

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The world is obsessed by the ideals of romantic love. Couples everywhere struggle in their quest for passion, love and intimacy. The agonising truth is the course of love and the reality of an enduring relationship is complex.

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The key to relationship connection at Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas. That means different things for each of us. For some there is a hankering for the relief that comes with time away from the merry-go-round of daily life.

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The power of authenticity in overcoming communication problems in your relationship

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Couples often enter my counselling room complaining of the maladies of life living with their partner or they indicate having a communication problem. They get caught in conflict, their dance of disconnection and the associated angst and distress that ensues.

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How can I tell if my relationship will last?

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Couples are faced with many challenges and transitions throughout the course of their relationship. While it would be nice to have a crystal ball, there is no specific way of determining whether or not your relationship will last.

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Understanding your partner's relationship needs

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Our journey to understanding the underlying needs in couple relationships started with psychiatrist John Bowlby (1907-1990). He was a Freudian thinker, believing mental health or the lack of it, is derived in early childhood.

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The changing face of couple relationships

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As a couples counsellor it is important for me to keep up to date with the latest research on couple therapy. It has been a complex decade for growth in knowledge of factors that promote strong marriages, the process that...

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How to survive a relationship break up

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It is never easy when a relationship ends. Whether you initiated or were on the receiving end of a breakup, loss of a relationship; a bond between intimates can be one of the most painful experiences of our lives.

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Relationship Myth No 2 – ‘If men did the housework more…’

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I finally had a quiet moment to sit down and catch up on The Age, Sunday Life magazine (a weekly ritual for me). Life Matters, was written by Kathy Lette last weekend.

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