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Compassionate Counseling for Individuals and Couples
By Joan Miller, Ph.D.
You’ll learn the pitfalls of unrealistically believing: "If you love me, you'll accept me as I am. You'll change to be exactly who I want you to be." You will rather come to appreciate that compassionate lovers believe, "If I love you, I'm committed to respecting both you and me, as we strive to create a rich and satisfying life together."
Falling in love is a natural process, blending our emotions with physical and chemical responses. But sustaining a caring relationship requires more than having warm caring feelings. Important components of a partnership include mutual respect, affection, a sense of good will, emotional safety, persistence, humor, honesty, and motivation. Additionally, it’s important for couples skillful at communicating, problem solving, and resolving differences. Unfortunately, these attitudes and skills do not come automatically with being in a committed relationship.
I can help you understand what assets and liabilities you bring to a relationship, how your relationship developed, and how to create a sustainable and satisfying relationship.