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Date Ideas In Santa Monica For People In Therapy

Working on your relationship doesn’t have to be limited to weekly therapy sessions or serious talks after the kids are in bed. It can also include fun date ideas in Santa Monica! Stepping out on the town with your partner and an attitude of discovery can enrich both your lives and your romance. Therapy takes a lot of energy. It’s a process that brings people closer to their authentic selves by direct contact with some tough [...]

2019-07-16T20:20:33-07:00July 16th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

What Is Healthy Dependency Vs Codependency In A Relationship

Photo by Zackary Drucker as part of Broadly's Gender Spectrum Collection. Credit: The Gender Spectrum Collection. Made available to media outlets via Creative Commons. No derivatives, no commercial use. See guidelines here: broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/guidelines It is important to be able to tell the difference between healthy dependency vs codependency. Healthy dependency is called interdependency and helps you be your best self. Codependency happens when you are taking on most of the responsibility for the relationship, [...]

2019-07-03T20:24:52-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

What Is Gaslighting And How To Identify It

What is gaslighting? Are you being gaslighted? Gaslighting is most common in romantic relationships, but it can happen in any kind of relationship where there is a power imbalance. A power imbalance can exist between boss and employee, teacher and student, parent and child, and between husband and wife. You might feel dependent on the other person, and that you need them more than they need you. Then they can try to use your need and [...]

2019-06-26T16:04:09-07:00June 26th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

5 Reasons Why Relationships Are Hard and Require Commitment To Succeed

When you’re flirting with a potential love interest, you’re dazzled by why relationships are wonderful, not cautioned by why relationships are hard. So what if floating on air and talking all night aren’t sustainable behaviors? Your brain is taking a nice long bubble bath in love hormones, and you couldn’t get out if you tried. By the time you do drag your shriveled self from the water, you may find yourself sworn to a new relationship. [...]

2019-06-17T12:36:19-07:00June 17th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

How Codependency And Low Self Esteem Go Together

If you are codependent, you are most likely having problems with self esteem. You might be wondering how codependency and low self esteem go together. In order to having a strong sense of self esteem, you must feel connected to your core inner self so that you can tune into how to love and care for yourself. Codependency is when your life revolves around someone else, and you lose that vital connection to yourself. What Is [...]

2019-04-29T19:12:44-07:00April 29th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

How Relationships Affect Happiness Both Positively And Negatively

Happiness. It’s a feeling, an art and even a science. And relationships are often mentioned when happiness is discussed. Since relationships are complex, how relationships affect happiness is a study in itself. There’s no question that love can make you feel good, great, over-the-moon. But you can’t assume that happiness is dependent on love, or that relationships can “make” you happy. It should come as no surprise that satisfying relationships influence the lives of those in [...]

2019-04-07T18:01:19-07:00March 18th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

Can Emotional Abuse Make You Sick? Yes, And Here’s How

The goal of emotional abuse is to control, belittle, isolate and shame you into subservience.  At first, they entrap you with intense romance. Then they slowly isolate you so you become more and more dependent on them. But, can emotional abuse make you sick? Your sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and having your own ideas and perceptions erode. Over time, you lose your autonomy and sense of well-being. When people come to my office, most of the [...]

2019-04-07T18:02:57-07:00March 11th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

What Codependency Looks Like In A Dating Relationship

What codependency looks like is when one person slowly becomes much too dependent on the other person. Over time, one person takes too much responsibility for keeping in touch and connecting. The other person does too little, pulls back and withholds care, time and effort. Often, this will happen early on while dating. As one person withdraws, the other trys to make up for it by over functioning and working way too hard on the relationship. [...]

2019-03-04T14:35:43-07:00March 4th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

What Emotional Abuse Feels Like When It Starts

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become emotionally abusive. Naturally, you want to know what emotional abuse feels like so you can spot it right away. At first, your partner may seem perfect. Maybe even too perfect. An emotionally abusive person can come off incredibly charming at first. The charm is what they show to the world. Friends and family might fall for it, too. The emotionally [...]

2019-02-04T18:03:34-07:00February 4th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments

How Codependency Ruins Relationships Before You Even Know

If you’ve ever been called a codependent before, learning how codependency ruins relationships is a very important issue to look into. It’s not that codependents can’t create successful, happy partnerships, but that some of the core requirements for mutual and sustaining love are not as easy to create. Below you’ll find the core issues most codependents face along with how to address them so you have a better shot at creating and sustaining a happy relationship [...]

2019-01-25T19:24:05-07:00January 25th, 2019|Relationships|0 Comments