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Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC

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Shame Resilience

Shame Resilience

Shame is an intensely painful experience that impacts our sense of self and our relationships. Shame is the experience that there is something deeply wrong with me and there is no way to fix it. When triggered, we feel exposed and experience painful emotional and physical symptoms: Increased body temperature - a…
What Makes Relationships Work

What Makes Relationships Work?

I have noticed there seems to be way too much advice about relationships. If you struggle in your relationship, the conflicting opinions can feel frustrating and overwhelming. John Gottman's recent article, "Debunking 12 Myths About Relationships," is a helpful resource in sorting through advice that is actually helpful from the advice that causes harm.…
HeartMob

HeartMob Resource for Online Harassment and Abuse

HeartMob provides support for those targeted by online abuse. HeartMob connects people so that they can support and encourage those suffering from online attacks. If you or someone you know is experiencing online harassment, you do not have to face online harassment alone. Invite your friends, family, or other Heartmobbers to help you…
love relationships

The 3 Phases of Love

I often walk alongside couples struggling to understand what happened to the love they shared early on in their relationship. I find it comforting to know that all couples go through times of disorientation and that moving through this experience together can actually foster deeper love. Michael Fulfiler's article "The 3 Phases of Love,"…
smartphone impacts relationship

Help! My Phone Is Impacting My Relationships!

If the title of this blog resonates with you, know that you are not alone. Many couples are currently navigating how to adapt to new technologies in a way that balances with their relationships. I have personally pondered this issue for a long time in my own experience with my husband.…
Domestic Violence

Are You or Someone You Know In An Abusive Relationship?

Is My Relationship Abusive? For those that wonder if a relationship is destructive, Leslie Vernick created an "Emotionally Destructive Relationship Quiz" to help create some clarity. At the end of the quiz is a description of how the selected answers match up with different types of destructive relationships. What if someone…
losing loved one to porn

Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

Sue Johnson's article, "Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)" is an excellent resource for couples wondering if porn has hijacked their physical intimacy and emotional connection. In the article Sue offers tools to recognize a porn addiction and steps toward healing. In the article Sue Johnson lists the signs…
St. thomas labyrinth

University of St. Thomas Labyrinth

A friend of mine recently recommended visiting labyrinths throughout Houston as part of my "healing space" journey. Houston has a number unique labyrinths, located all over the city and surrounding area. I visited the Labyrinth at St. Thomas University, a replica of the labyrinth in Chartres, France. I was deeply moved by…
Sleep Your Anxiety Away

Sleep Your Anxiety Away

Becky Hein's recent article, Sleep Your Anxiety Away, Part I: You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Get Some Rest, discusses the impact of sleep deprivation on anxiety. If anxiety is a challenge, improving sleep is an excellent place to begin the focus of your efforts. She includes the latest research and helpful tools…
Anger in Relationships

Managing Anger In Relationships

I recently had the honor of facilitating a class about healthy relationship practices. During one discussion about the importance of anger as an emotion, we examined how anger in relationships can be detrimental if we are not gentle with those we love. Anger is neither good nor bad. In fact,…