Laura Caldwell's Counseling Approach
I use a systems-based approach. When working with relationship issues, I look at the couple as a system. Each person in the relationship is part of the system affecting the dynamics that get played out; including where the couple gets stuck.
As each individual begins to see how they contribute to a problem, based on their interpretation and reaction to it, they are often able to manage their reactivity to their partner or situation better, which changes the dynamics of the system.
Instead of seeking validation from your partner, I emphasize validating your self and managing your own behavior. While you develop yourself, you are more able to tolerate the differences inherent in relationships and be capable of more authenticity, greater intimacy and more passion.
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