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Navigating Divorce with Integrity: Insights from Susan Regan, MFT

Divorce is an undeniably challenging journey, particularly when children are involved. In a recent appearance on the "Halftime with Jon" podcast (coming out very soon), Susan Regan, MFT, shared valuable insights on approaching separation and divorce with integrity. Their discussion focused on doing right by one’s family, making heartfelt decisions, and maintaining a positive relationship with children despite the inevitable changes. This blog post aims to expand on these...

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Embracing the Voyage and the Journey in Life and Relationships

Life is an ever-evolving tapestry of experiences, each thread representing moments that shape who we are and how we connect with others. As a Marriage and Family Therapist and Relationship Coach, I've found that the metaphors of a voyage and a journey beautifully encapsulate the different paths we take in life. Understanding these metaphors can provide clarity and support as we navigate through various stages, particularly in the context of relationships and personal growth.

The Voyage:...

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Navigating Teen Challenges: An Honest Exploration for Parents and Co-Parents

Parenting teenagers is often likened to navigating a maze—every turn presents a new challenge, and finding the right path can be perplexing. When you add co-parenting to the mix, the maze can feel even more complicated. Understanding the unique issues faced by teens today, from substance use to the influence of social media and pornography, is crucial for both parents and co-parents.

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, by the 12th grade, about 45% of teens have tried...
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Preparing Financially for Divorce | #SoRelatable Podcast Ep. 12 Special on Tax Day with Susan Regan & Natalie Leininger

 

Released on Tax Day, this episode is a timely reminder of the financial intricacies of divorce and why being prepared is crucial.

Join Susan Regan, MFT, a Relationship Expert and Coach, and her special guest, Natalie Leininger, a seasoned financial expert specializing in divorce financial planning with over three decades of experience in the financial services industry.

Here’s what we cover in this eye-opening episode:

Topic 1: Five Key Considerations Before Divorce
Explore emotional,...

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Co-Parenting with Teenagers: #SoRelatable - Podcast Ep 11

 

Co-parenting with teens? Welcome to another episode where we delve into the complexities of parenting, especially during challenging life transitions like divorce. With my esteemed colleague, Beth Kawaja, LM.M, LL.B, MFT, we're exploring a crucial but often overlooked aspect: co-parenting teenagers. Adolescence isn't just a phase to be endured; it's a pivotal period where teens are navigating their identities and relationships. But how does divorce impact this already tumultuous journey? Join...

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Navigating Co-Parenting Through the Teenage Years: Challenges, Strategies, and Support

As children transition into adolescence, the dynamics of parenting inevitably shift. Parents often find themselves in a delicate balancing act of providing guidance while allowing their teens to assert their independence. This stage can be particularly challenging for co-parents, especially in situations where there is disengagement or divorce. Today, we delve into the complexities of co-parenting teenagers, exploring the impacts of parental disengagement and divorce, and offering strategies...

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The Unseen Struggle: A Co-Parenting Tale (A Therapist Reacts)

Sarah and David's story underscores the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between co-parents and children, even as external factors such as new relationships come into play. Be sure to read all the way to the end to get my reaction to this (unfortunately) common scenario.

Once upon a time, there lived a couple named Sarah and David. They were high school sweethearts who tied the knot in their early twenties and welcomed two beautiful children into their lives, Emily and...

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#sorelatable Podcast Ep. 10 - Unlocking Freedom: The Ego's Role in Co-Dependency

 

Watch #sorelatable Podcast Episode 10: a poignant continuation from our exploration of co-dependency. In this episode, we delve deeper into the intricacies of the ego's role in your narrative and the evidence or proof of concept surrounding co-dependency. Join us as we navigate the subtle influences shaping your perceptions and behaviors, shedding light on the reinforcing beliefs that keep you tethered. Through introspection and discussion, we'll uncover pathways to liberation, empowering you...

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10 Signs You're in a Co-Dependent Relationship

Are you feeling trapped in your relationship, constantly putting your partner's needs above your own? You might be in a co-dependent relationship. Co-dependency can be subtle, but its effects can be profound, leading to feelings of resentment, low self-esteem, and emotional exhaustion. To help you identify whether you're in a co-dependent relationship, here are ten common signs to watch out for:

1. Difficulty Setting Boundaries:

You struggle to assert your own needs and boundaries, often...

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Cultivating Intimacy: Strengthening Bonds in Relationships for Valentine's Day and Beyond

As Valentine's Day approached, Tina and Jack, a couple in their early thirties, found themselves caught in the whirlwind of busy lives. They'd been together for five years, their relationship transitioning from the heady days of infatuation to the comforting rhythm of everyday companionship.

Amidst their jobs, social commitments, and household chores, the spark of intimacy seemed to flicker, leaving them both yearning for a deeper connection. Tina, a marketing executive with a hectic...

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