How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self and Not Lose Yourself in Relationships

How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self and Not Lose Yourself in Relationships

Losing your sense of self Do you seem to get swallowed up in relationships? Does your sense of self disappear when you’re in a relationship? This “loss of self” happens, whether you’ve been married for decades or are newly dating, when the other person or relationship becomes your identity. You become all about the other person. […]

Inspiring Brene Brown Quotes

Inspiring Brene Brown Quotes

This post contains affiliate links.  If you’re like me, you can’t get enough Brené Brown! I love her books, Ted Talks, and her videos on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday. And I especially love all of the inspiring Brene Brown quotes. She offers such wisdom, truth, and authenticity on difficult subjects like shame, vulnerability, and self-acceptance. I’m sure you’ll […]

Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters: Resolve to Improve Your Mental Health

  A new year means New Year’s Resolutions.   What are your New Year’s resolutions? The three most popular resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, and spend less/save more. No big surprises there. Come January, most of us are ready to hit the gym. We’ve put on a few pounds over the holidays or […]

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People

  It isn’t easy to set boundaries with toxic people, but it’s something we can all learn to do and when we do, it’s empowering.   Boundaries are a way to take care of ourselves. When we set boundaries, we’re less angry and resentful because our needs are getting met. Boundaries make our expectations clear, […]

Tips for Coping with the Holidays. 5 printable PDF tip sheets to help you conquer perfectionism, difficult family members, stress, overwhelm, and depression.

Tips for Coping with the Holidays

    Introducing 5 New Holiday Tip Sheets from Psychotherapist and Codependency Expert Sharon Martin, LCSW   Are you dreading the holidays because of difficult people in your life? Do you tend to get stressed, sad, or overwhelmed during December? Do you want to set a positive tone for the holiday season? Would it be […]

Concentrate Better by Developing your Flow State

Get Distracted Easily? Develop Your Flow State in 3 Simple Steps

Do you get distracted easily? Learn to concentrate better and develop your flow state in 3 simple steps written by Justin Faraday Athletes call it being “in the zone,” others call it being “locked-in.” Flow state is that magical zone where a task is just hard enough to challenge you, but not so hard that […]

The Power of Gratitude: 30 Gratitude Journal Prompts

The Power of Gratitude: 30 Gratitude Journal Prompts

November is upon us and with it comes the official season of gratitude in the United States. Gratitude can have a significant positive influence on our physical and mental health, but like other healthy habits, even though we know it’s good for us, we often struggle to practice it consistently.  Why is gratitude so hard […]

Should I leave a toxic relationship

Should I Leave a Toxic Relationship?

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. In fact, it’s one of the things I see people struggle with the most as a therapist. For a codependent, the decision to leave a toxic or addicted partner is especially hard. You’ve tried and tried, but things don’t ever seem to get better (or […]

Parenting When You're Codependent Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

Parenting When You Are Codependent: Breaking the Cycle

This post contains an affiliate link.   Childhood trauma has lasting effects Many people who experienced childhood trauma continue to feel the effects of the trauma in adulthood. As a way to cope with the trauma, you may have developed codependent traits such as: trying to fix or rescue others, acting like a martyr, perfectionism, overworking, […]

5 Triggers that Can Lead to Drug Abuse Relapse, substance abuse relapse, alcoholism, codependency

5 Triggers That Can Lead to Drug Abuse Relapse

Overcoming any addiction requires a lifelong commitment to recovery. The road is a long one, and for many people, the prospect of seeking treatment is a bleak one. According to the American Addiction Centers, up to 90% of the people who struggle with addiction do not receive the treatment they need. Even those people who […]