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What Makes for a Good Apology? The Secret to Effective Repairs

Did you know that apologizing or making an "effective repair" is one of the most important skills in a relationship? It's actually well-known across couple therapy models that making a mistake is not the culprit in divorce. It's the lack of…
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Top 10 Parenting Strategies- Timeless Guidelines from Love & Logic

As a new parent, I remember a friend saying, "Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love." This description definitely fit for my son's first year when he barely slept and cried a lot as a colicky baby and yet I still had the deepest…
A Letter to Parents
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You are the Most Influential Person in Your Child's Life

Dear Parents, You are the most influential person in your child's life! Therefore, YOU ARE OF COURSE PART OF THE SOLUTION to whatever struggle they're encountering (anxiety, depression, underachievement in school, low self-esteem, anger, self-harm,…
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How to Get Your Adult Child Out of Your Basement and Into a Thriving, Independent Life

As a couples and family therapist, I have heard numerous… distressing stories of 20, 30, 40, and even 50 somethings still living in their parents' basement using drugs, playing video games, or just hanging out (with perpetual and creative…
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The Kids Grow Up; Letting Go is Hard to Do

“You can get all sorts of help raising a child, but nothing prepares you for letting her go.” - Doug Block, documentary film maker of “The Kids Grow Up; Letting Go is Hard to Do As a parent of a high school senior about to leave home,…
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Can I Help My Family Member or Friend with an Addiction?

This is the most common question I hear as an addictions counselor (since 2001). The good news is~ YES, YOU CAN HELP YOUR LOVED ONE GET SOBER! And, if your family needs immediate assistance, call Lana Isaacson, Couples and Family Therapist…