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Intimate Partner Violence & Abuse

*Trigger Warning: this blog defines and discusses specifics of domestic violence.  Our silences do not protect us.   We don’t talk about intimate partner violence – it’s uncomfortable to sit with the idea that we harm each other, particularly the people we love most.  This silence serves to further stigmatize and isolate those who experience abuse…

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Betrayal: Two Helpful Tools for The One Who Has Betrayed

Couples often come to therapy after an affair or betrayal has come to light. They seek to repair the hurt, to rebuild trust, and to explore if there is any hope of moving forward together. Although this can be a time of heavy heartbreaks it can also be an opportunity for a couple to heal,…

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Trust

What do we mean by trust? Trust is a theme that surfaces often in couple’s therapy. Yet, I wonder if we have a shared sense of what it means. What is trust exactly? It’s a question I’ve been turning over lately. According to the Gottman Institute, trust is built in the smallest moments. These moments…

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Saying Goodbye to Annie

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Annie Schuesller, the founder of the Bay Area Relationship Center, is leaving us. We’re happy for her as she moves more fully in a direction that’s been calling to her, but sad to see a valued and trusted colleague leave. As therapists who value the importance…

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One Key To Saving Your Relationship

Why is being in a relationship sometimes the most satisfying and joyful experience and at other times the most miserable? Many romantic relationships start out feeling fantastic. You feel seen for who you really are, and even your flaws are loved and cherished. You feel the same in return. In the beginning, your partner’s flaws…

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