Pauliann Long, LCSW-C

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Couples Counseling

How to Discuss Tough Relationship Topics with Your Partner

Long-term relationships have rough spots and tough conversations. They just come with relationship territory. Totally normal. Completely okay. And really uncomfortable. Those rough spots are hard to talk about. Tensions rise. Hurt and irritation crackle between you. Your loving connection seems to fray every time you go “there.” So, in the interest of peace, you don’t talk about those topics…but neither of you really have much...

Couples Therapy: Why You Should Go & What You Can Expect

When you think of couples therapy, where does your mind go? Do you think of all the benefits and helpful guidance you’ll receive? Or, do other less positive thoughts come to mind? Perhaps the following thoughts seem familiar: “Isn’t couples therapy a last resort?” “Don’t couples just spend the hour venting and stirring up trouble to take back home?” “Aren’t we admitting that...

5 Signs You’re Ready for Couples Counseling

Maybe you’ve been waiting, waffling, or wanting to see which of you would speak to the tension between you first. Perhaps you’re both terribly disappointed you can’t fix your relationship on your own. Or,  it’s quite possible that you have no idea how bad things have to be before a suggestion to “ see someone” isn’t rejected outright or dismissed as an...

Brené Brown on How to Reckon with Emotion and Change Your Narrative

Good Morning! Today we are sharing an article from Brené Brown where she talks about how the most powerful stories may be the ones we tell ourselves. But beware—they're usually fiction.   How to Reckon with Emotion and Change Your Narrative  My husband, Steve, and I were having one of those days. That morning, we'd overslept. Charlie couldn't find his backpack, and Ellen had to...

10 Tips for Managing Family Stress at Holidays

10 Tips for Managing Family Stress at Holidays Posted by Dr. Elaine Ducharme Surviving the holidays with relatives  Holiday cheer…or is it holiday fear? While many of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of family to help celebrate the holiday season, many are dreading the same event. I have heard patients and friends talk about ways to avoid being with certain relatives who they...

An Article entitled ‘Self-Loathing People Fear the Fragility of Their Relationships’

Good Morning Bloggers! As a therapist, I have seen and worked with many couples and every relationship has it's ups and downs. Successful relationships can sometimes be better understood if each person understands themselves better and how they emotionally relate to their partner and their relationship as a whole. Today, this article talks about those of us who can be classified...

Healing the Cycles that Tear Couples Apart

Happy Tuesday! I have helped many different types of couples at all stages in life, and I've that many couples find themselves locked in a negative communication loop at some point in their relationship. Today I am sharing an article with you on some of the negative behavior patterns that many couples experience. If a couple is serious about staying together,...

Testimonials…Therapy Does Work!

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share some testimonials from current and previous clients on my services and how they helped them in their personal lives. Therapy and counseling can really help make a difference in your life if you are willing to open up and give it a try. There is no shame or embarrassment  everyone experiences life differently and counseling can...