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​Relationship Tips for 2020 – Part 2

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Relationship Tips for 2020 – Part 2

Blog by Jenn Baker, GSCI at Agape Therapy Institute

Welcome to Part two of Relationship Tips for 2020. Last week’s blog discussed how to increase positive interactions with your partner by using acknowledgments, which means offering words of appreciation. During the last week, did you and your partner have a chance to acknowledge one another? How did it feel to offer and receive appreciation? 

For many of us, trying something new may feel uncomfortable at first. Like anything else, it will become more natural over time with practice. Be patient and kind with yourself and your loved one. Remembering to bring this practice into your daily life will continue to strengthen your connection. 

For this week, I’d like to focus on:

  • Making Time For Yourself – No matter how much we love being with our loved ones, every person needs alone time to de-stress and recharge. Coordinate and plan this special time each and every day. Make sure that you use this time to care solely for yourself. Unplug from your phone, social media, and the news. Focus on doing something that brings you peace or joy. You may find it helpful to make a list of activities that you love and check one off the list every day. Some ideas include:
    • Taking a bubble bath
    • Listening to music
    • Meditating
    • Getting outdoors
    • Watching your favorite TV show
    • Reading a book
    • Writing in a journal
    • Cooking your favorite meal
    • Anything you love to do for you

Stay tuned for next week’s blog with the next relationship tip for 2020.

To book an appointment with Jennifer Baker, GSCI click here.


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Tags:

  • communication
  • counseling
  • couples therapy
  • family therapy
  • healing
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • partnership
  • psychotherapy
  • relationships
  • self help
  • self-care
  • stress

Relationship Tips for 2020 – Part 1

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Relationship Tips for 2020 – Part 1

Blog by Jenn Baker, GSCI

While each person’s situation is unique, each and every one of us is experiencing unprecedented stress in our lives this year. We face an ongoing global pandemic, continued racial injustices, an upcoming presidential election in a country increasingly divided, stress on our educational system, and fears of a global recession, just to name a few. 

For many of us, these events have led to unemployment, financial problems, death of loved ones, health issues, depression, anxiety, fear, and other losses, which all take a toll on our relationships. 

Data show that divorce rates are spiking across the country. Do you find that you and your loved one are fighting more frequently? Do you feel emotionally distant or disconnected from your partner? These feelings are increasingly common as many relationships are experiencing strain during this time. 

On a more hopeful note, these challenges offer us an opportunity for growth and repair. In this blog, I will present one tip each week. For this week, I’d like to focus on:

Acknowledging Your Partner – Studies have shown that successful relationships have a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative interactions. You can work on increasing positive interactions each day by acknowledging your partner. Acknowledgment is the act of communicating positive appreciation for the things that your partner does and brings to your relationship. An example would be to say “I appreciate you cooking dinner for us last night.”

    • Make a list of the things that you are grateful for in your relationship.
    • Make sure to include those things you may take for granted that your partner does.
    • Take the time to acknowledge your partner daily to express your gratitude, appreciation, love, and respect and increase feelings of connection.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog with the next relationship tip for 2020.

Citations:

Gehart, D. R. (2016). Theory and treatment planning in family therapy: A competency-based approach. Australia: Cengage Learning.

Rosner, E. (2020, September 02). US divorce rates skyrocket amid COVID-19 pandemic. Retrieved September 17, 2020, from https://nypost.com/2020/09/01/divorce-rates-skyrocket-in-u-s-amid-covid-19/

Koch-Sheras, P. R., & Sheras, P. L. (2006). Couple power therapy: Building commitment, cooperation, communication, and community in relationships. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

To book an appointment with Jenn Baker, GSCI, click here.


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Tags:

  • communication
  • counseling
  • couples therapy
  • family therapy
  • healing
  • mental health
  • partnership
  • relationships
  • self help

What is your body trying to tell you?

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What is your body trying to tell you?

Blog post by Kat Deery, GSCI

Have you ever experienced a break out of acne after a stressful week? Random pains occur in your body without explanation? Or perhaps you're developing arthritis in your thirties, wondering how could this be? Well sometimes these occurrences can be explained through Somatic Therapy.

Somatic Therapy is an approach to therapy that focuses on the mind-body-soul connection. This theory supports the idea that what manifests in the physical is a reflection of what is happening mentally and emotionally. It’s known that stress can take a physical toll on the body: you may be more irritable, your sleep patterns may be disrupted, or your appetite changes. Our central nervous system adjusts and reacts to the emotional and mental stress we experience. When traumatic experiences lay dormant and do not receive the proper attention they deserve, the emotional stress of it all can get stuck in the body and manifest itself in physical ways. 

Somatic therapy is an experiential process that can work in conjunction with other psychotherapy approaches to counseling like cognitive behavioral therapy to alleviate symptoms and facilitate healing. This type of therapy is often used with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, chronic pain or illness, etc. Interventions like deep breathing, meditation, exercise, yoga, dance, art therapy, and cognitive reframing are all ways to facilitate body-mind-soul connection and spark some self awareness. 

Why is Somatic Therapy relevant to counseling today?

It’s no question that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, with a global pandemic occurring, racial injustices continuing, jobs being lost, family members isolated, travel plans cancelled, online schooling, political arguments, and so much more it’s no wonder rates of depression and anxiety are increasing. 

I encourage you to take a look at your body’s wellbeing. Has it been affected by these events over the last few months...Are you seeing any changes that concern you? What is your body telling you? Do you need more rest? Do you need to implement  boundaries with those around you? Do you need more love and acceptance of yourself? 

Sometimes chronic pain like arthritis is your body telling you that it feels criticized or you're holding on to resentment. Acne could be your body telling you that you need to increase acceptance of the self. 

Somatic therapy can provide healing to those who participate because not only does it relieve some of the physical symptoms it investigates the root cause and attempts to heal those wounds from the inside out. Using techniques like positive self-talk, intentional body movement, and cognitive restructuring are incredible ways to combat the emotional causes for our physical symptoms. Somatic therapy is not a replacement for professional medical care but it is a great addition to improve how we care for our bodies, mind, body and spirit. 


Citations

Hay, L. L. (2012). Heal your body: The mental causes for physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.

Somatic Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved September 09, 2020, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/somatic-therapy


To book an appointment with Katherine Deery, click here.


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Tags:

  • anxiety
  • counseling
  • covid
  • depression
  • healing
  • mental health
  • mindfulness
  • psychotherapy
  • resilience
  • self help
  • self-care
  • somatic experiencing
  • stress

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