Relationships

by Christine Hassell on September 3, 2016

RelationshipsRelationships can be difficult, and still worth saving. Simple, everyday stressors can strain an intimate relationship, and major life changes may wear away at the intimacy between partners. As long as each person is willing to give genuine attention to the issues at play and make a contribution to a mutual solution, most relationship difficulties can be resolved. But, when challenges are avoided or needs unacknowledged, tension and patterns that no longer serve the relationship can prevail.

Some Basic Issues Often Resolved With Therapy For Relationships

  • The Impact of Day to Day Stress
  • Psychological Issues Associated with Relationship Conflict
  • Physical, Mental, and Emotional Abuse
  • Life Changing Events
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communication Issues
  • Infidelity
  • Financial Stress
  • Addictive Behaviors


  • Ongoing relationship conflict or stress can contribute to mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety, for one or both partners. Relationship problems can also negatively affect self-esteem as well as physical health.

    Substance abuse and addictive behaviors can manifest with one or both partners in an effort to lessen the pain. Relationship problems can affect family members, too. And, with respect to children, who may repeatedly witness relationship conflict between their parents, eating disorders, more addictions or even self-harming behaviors may likely result.

    For relationship counseling to significantly help a relationship, each partner needs to commit, at a minimum, to the relationship counseling for the time it continues. Each partner should demonstrate honesty, an interest in doing relationship work, and a willingness to accept personal accountability.

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    Anacortes Anxiety Help: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    by Christine Hassell on September 2, 2015

    Anacortes_officeGet help for anxiety in Anacortes with Turning Point Psychotherapy.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the office, as well as via phone or Skype.  CBT teaches you how to change patterns in your thinking that may be causing anxiety, depression or stress.

    Many people are unaware that thoughts actually create feelings. It follows then, that those same people have little awareness of the way they are thinking. They may realize they tend to wax a bit negative from time to time. However, there are certain specific thought patterns that are very common in our culture and rather than relieve a troubling situation, they tend only to make matters worse.

    If you knew that changing a pattern of thinking could change your emotional experience, would you be willing to be more intentional and conscious with respect to your thinking? It might be easier not to be so hard on yourself, or to feel badly about tending to see the glass half empty. After all, its not personal, its a cognitive process!

    CBT has many advantages in the realm of counseling and psychotherapy. Insurance companies understand the merits of cognitive behavioral therapy because its efficacy is based in research and evidence. The National Center for Biotechnology Information recently published a review that summarizes the plethora of data regarding CBT as an effective way to treat anxiety disorders including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The review concludes, “ Overall, CBT demonstrates both efficacy in randomized controlled trials and effectiveness in naturalistic settings in the treatment of adult anxiety disorders.”

    When you or someone you love could benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, please don’t wait another minute. I’d like to help. Call 831-429-2253 or email me now for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

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