Facts You Didn’t Know About Premarital Cohabitation

Illuminationcc/ February 8, 2021

Relationship trends are constantly changing as couples realize that perhaps some of the norms and rules their parents lived by don’t apply to them – or might even harm them. Research shows that in recent years, more couples live together than ever get married. That’s a total reverse of previous generations, in which more couples got married than lived together before marriage.

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Ways Your Brain Plays Tricks On You After A Breakup

Illuminationcc/ January 19, 2021

Everything looks better in the rearview mirror If you’ve felt that the moment you ended a tumultuous relationship, you lost connection with the bad feelings that sent you out the door and suddenly only recalled the good stuff, that’s common, according to Matthews. “People tend to have on rose-colored glasses when it comes to looking at the tough stuff in the

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How Life Changes When You Become Less Judgmental

Illuminationcc/ December 11, 2020

To judge means to form a conclusion about something. A conclusion. That’s very final. Perhaps that’s why court judges are called judges – what they say goes and that’s that. But most humans don’t make a judgment with as much evidence presented to them as a court judge receives (and even they are typically only getting part of the story).

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Why Fear Shouldn’t Hold You Back From Chasing Your Dreams

Illuminationcc/ December 7, 2020

Most of our fears aren’t grounded in reality. “We all, of course, experience fear, however, most of the fears we experience are quite irrational.  These non-life-threatening fears show up to protect our ego from harm.  The fear of rejection, failure, criticism, and success all originate from within our own imaginations and are designed to keep you from setting and achieving goals.”

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The Party Must Go On!

Illuminationcc/ March 28, 2020

As a licensed therapist working with youth, I have seen a lot of anxiety from parents and kids about planned parties, graduations, and events that will be disrupted because of COVID-19.   However, technology and creativity can aid in providing families peace and fun during this time of crisis.  Here are tips to keep the party going. . 1.  Bonding

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Tips for Effective Parenting (Part 1)

Illuminationcc/ February 11, 2020

There is no such thing as a perfect person. Therefore, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. However, parents can learn and implement skills and behaviors that will help them to raise more well-adjusted and successful children.

Communication Tips That Can Help Relationships

Illuminationcc/ January 27, 2020

Effective communication is a skill, and as such it must be learned like any other skill. Unfortunately, when we were growing up many of us were not taught how to communicate effectively. With that in mind, here are some tips for communicating effectively with others…

13 Habits That Show Your Partner May Be Emotionally Neglecting You

Illuminationcc/ February 1, 2019

While all relationships go through ups and downs, if your partner has certain ongoing habits that leave you feeling ignored, misunderstood, or alone, it may be a sign they’re emotionally neglecting you. And since it can quickly turn toxic, that’s not a situation you’ll want to ignore… Read more here. (Latasha Matthews, LPC, contributing author.)

10 signs the person you’re dating wants to keep things casual

Illuminationcc/ January 22, 2019

When you meet someone new, it can sometimes be tough to know what sort of relationship that other person is interested in. Knowing if they’re interested in keeping things casual or want something more long-term can help you figure out if you align on this particular issue. But sometimes people aren’t always upfront about what they want. We rounded up

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