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A Simple Technique for Ending Disputes with Your Partner

Have you ever said something that came out wrong, or not the way you had intended? Has your partner ever said something to you that rubbed you the wrong way?

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Embracing Our Differences – Rethinking the Myth of When “Two-Become- One”

When starting couples marriage counselling with a new couple, one of the things I raise is the widely held belief that when we commit to living as a couple, “two-become-one”

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Helping Couples Separate with Dignity and Grace

Sometimes there is no “happily ever after” for the couples we work with. By the time they make it to our office, the “water under the bridge” is no longer

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Day 4: Strenghten your Good, Intelligent Habits

Day 4 of 12 Days of Emotional Sobriety Addiction can be thought of as a destructive habit that continues despite the negative consequences it creates.  It’s possible to change addictive

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Emotional Sobriety: How to Work Effectively with Addicted Partners

I recently taught a class for Dr. Ellyn Bader in her online couples training program on working with alcoholic/addicts on developing their emotional sobriety. I want to share some of the

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Retreat and Refocus

Focusing on Your Aim of Life East = Inward A few times a year, I exit from my busy life running a therapy centre to go on meditation retreat. I’m

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2 Key Tactics to Keep Couples Motivated 

Are you afraid of hard work? Not your own hard work. Your clients’. Did you know the only way partners can expect meaningful change in their relationship is if they commit to ongoing strenuous effort? If not,

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What Most Therapists Don’t Know

Get Couples Therapy on Track and Moving:  What most Therapists Don’t Know I love working with high distressed couples because it challenges me as a therapist to grow and learn. 

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Confronting Angry Partners can lead to big shifts…

To confront or not confront – that is the question I’m sure you have had those tense moments with couples when you ask yourself “should I confront this or not?”

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Do You Have the Roadmap for Becoming an Exceptional Couples Therapist?

[Part 3 in this 3-part Series] In my last 2 blogs, I have outlined a clear roadmap and template to help you be successful and reduce your stress when working with couples.  There are many approaches

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The “High” of Symbiosis

[Part 2 in a 3-part Series] Last week I shared my passion for doing the Bader-Pearson model of couples therapy.  I told you how it transformed my skills in a way that

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Do You Have the Roadmap for Being an Exceptional Couples Therapist?

If not, I’d like to share some tips with you today.  But first, let me tell you a little about my journey. I used to think that my many years in

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Are You Striving To Be Your Best Self?

    Years ago, I attended a talk by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I’m certain that many of you have heard of him or  even read one of his many books.

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Is Meditation a Waste of Time or a Skill for Greater Living

It wasn’t so long ago that meditation was considered a very strange pastime for ascetics, priests or monks in the far East. This is no longer true. Meditation is becoming

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3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder, with Your Couples

The art of effective couples therapy requires unique skills that differ from successful individual therapy.  Early attachment bonds are re-lived with couples and unresolved emotional pain is triggered such that

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Vancouver Counselling Expert Holds Workshop at 2015 Couples Conference

Vancouver, BC (March 30, 2015) – Vancouver counselling expert and director of The Good Life Therapy Centre Sue Diamond Potts is to co-host a workshop with renowned professional Dr. Ellyn

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India: My Return to the Source

Seeking Truth in the Land of Knowledge, Wisdom & Love There is something wonderfully compelling about India.  Once you have experienced her colourful beauty and felt her spiritual vibration, you

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What Africa Taught Me About Addiction & Trauma

This summer my husband Bob and I had the privilege of visiting Uganda & Kenya. While we certainly took the opportunity to go on a couple of safaris and honestly

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Developing Spirituality For Trauma Survivors – Part

In my last newsletter, I gave you some ideas about defining yourself and your spirituality, I mentioned the 8 positive qualities that Dr. George Valliant states make up an internal