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Here you’ll find our latest thoughts, ideas and guidance for helping you help people with their relationships.

Are They Ready to Change?

Are They Ready to Change?

You've prepared well. You know about the levels of communication and the art of asking powerful questions. You have patiently walked them through the coaching model and they have maybe even identified the next step. But will they actually do it? Time and again we have...

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Conflict Resolution with Four Conversations

Sometimes when couples try to resolve conflict, they try to hit it all in one conversation. One spouse brings up an issue and the 2 people banter around the issue for awhile. Now while I choose the word “banter,” I think we all know I mean attack, defend, criticize,...

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Three Components of Each of Us

Some of us think we are pretty simple, while others of us know we are a complicated mess. The truth is that we are all complicated, complex people. One of the ways to break this down is to look at 3 contributing factors that make you who you are. Personality This is...

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Holding onto Your Dream

Ordinary Leaves the Land of Familiar I just read an awesome book that revived me for pursuing what I feel called toward. The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson, begins as a parable about Ordinary.  “Meet Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the land of Familiar to pursue his...

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Are Your Goals S.M.A.R.T.?

Goals in Your Relationship Having goals is important in life, and specifically your relationship. However, many couples I talk to do not realize just how important it is to have goals. The old adage if you don’t have a target you will miss every time applies. Goals...

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How Coaching is Like Getting a Massage

Originally posted on The Family Greenhouse on January 27, 2017 by Abigail Doust I have been experiencing residual pain that has become debilitating. A car accident from years ago combined with occupational patterns, poor posture, and bad habits has propelled me into...

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Why Feelings are Essential and Yet Confusing

Originally posted on The Family Greenhouse on February 2, 2017 by Abigail Doust It is when we our feelings get involved that any real change happens. It was when I saw that picture of me 50 pounds overweight that I got mad at my way of living. It wasn’t until my kids...

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Helping Clients Seek Help Earlier

Originally posted on The Family Greenhouse on February 2, 2017 by Abigail Doust I’m heartbroken these days. I’m crying the “ugly cry” for people I care about. Four couples I care deeply about are running/falling/slipping quickly into divorce like a teenager driving...

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