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Welcome to the Sweitzer Counseling blog. Here you’ll find strategies to navigate the challenges we face as individuals, partners, and parents. Enjoy…and let me know if there’s a topic you would like me to cover in the future. 

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How to Defuse an Argument With Your Partner in 4 Steps

How to Defuse an Argument With Your Partner in 4 Steps

How would you like a simple, effective strategy to manage intense feelings and defuse an argument with your partner? Read on… 1: Recognize the "Stuck Cycle" As anyone in an intimate relationship knows, argument and conflict can feel really difficult and heavy. In an...

6 Easy Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

6 Easy Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

Many couples report communication problems as one of the main reasons they come to couples counseling.  As renowned family therapist Virginia Satir said, 'Communication is to relationships what breath is to life.' My experience as a therapist and as a client in...

Understanding Your Partner Doesn’t Mean Agreeing

Understanding Your Partner Doesn’t Mean Agreeing

Practicing reflective listening and conveying you are understanding your partner is a crucial skill in de-escalating conflict and resolving arguments. Yet it's also difficult and involves pitfalls that can pull a couple into a negative cycle. One misconception for...

7 Ways Couples Counseling Can Help Your Relationship

7 Ways Couples Counseling Can Help Your Relationship

Everyone can benefit from relationship counseling. Couples counseling unfortunately carries a stigma that it's only for couples that are on the brink of divorce. When the relationship is in this place, often one partner has already withdrawn from the relationship....

Why Sharing Feelings is Hard in Conflict With Your Partner

Why Sharing Feelings is Hard in Conflict With Your Partner

A common struggle I see in couples that I work with is being able to share their feelings with each other in a direct way. The truth is that if they were able to do this, they probably wouldn't be seeing me for couples therapy. Sharing feelings and needs directly with...