22 Nov

Navigating Romance When You Have a Demanding Career—Is It Even Possible?

Trudy Jacobsen If you have a demanding career, then you know all too well the sacrifices that come with it. Less free time, higher workload, and perhaps not the most eventful love life. Obviously, there are great perks to your career, but maybe you now find yourself wanting a little more romance. You may ask yourself: Is it even possible? Can someone truly balance a demanding career and maintain a healthy romantic...

29 Oct

Food and Depression: Could the Right Diet Improve Your Mood?

Trudy Jacobsen – Depression, Healthy Living If you have or ever had depression, you know that it can affect your relationship with food. However, have you ever considered that the reverse is also true and that your diet might be directly affecting your mood? It makes sense—a bad diet affects your mood negatively, while a good diet affects it positively. But how do we define a “bad” or “good” diet? There...

15 Oct

Creating a Happy and Healthy Relationship: 7 Keys

Trudy Jacobsen Are you and your partner out-of-sync or going through a rough patch lately? Every couple struggles with something from time to time, and disagreements are a normal part of relationships. If your “funks” repeatedly last more than a few days or so, however, you may need to take a closer look at your relationship. Creating a happy and healthy relationship is not always easy, but you can learn how with a little...

15 Oct

Turning Possibility and Hope into Positive Life Changes: 4 Steps for Personal Growth

Trudy Jacobsen We’ve all heard the phrase “the possibilities are endless.” As overused as it may be, there is actually a lot of truth to it! Possibility and hope are always there when it comes to changes in our lives. However, actually growing and making those changes is the key. The idea of personal growth can seem overwhelming. Often, we get comfortable in our “old ways,” even if we desire something more. The good news? You don’t have...

08 Oct

3 Concrete Ways to Tell the Difference Between Anxiety and Stress

Trudy Jacobsen It’s not uncommon for people to use anxiety and stress interchangeably. After all, they do have their similarities. For example, both anxiety and stress display physical symptoms such as stomach issues, muscle tension, insomnia, and more. And both can wreak havoc on your peace of mind, disrupting your regular routine. Yet, they aren’t exactly the same. In fact, there are a handful of very important differences that separate anxiety from...

08 Oct

Why is Communication in Relationships So Hard? – Consider 3 Main Factors

Trudy Jacobsen At the beginning of a relationship, it can seem very easy to “get” eachother. After all, you’re in love. And cupid has a tricky little way of blinding you from most other negative emotions. As time goes by, however, negative feelings can build up, makingeffective communication very necessary. The problem is that communication is usually one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in arelationship. In fact,...

08 Oct

Are You an Enmeshed Parent? – 4 Ways to Tell

If you’re a parent, the relationship you have with your child is likely the closest of all your relationships. However, there is a line between a close relationship and an unhealthily close relationship. Enmeshed parenting is when a parent/child relationship is seen as more important than the individual themselves. In other words, you define yourself more by your relationship with your child than as an autonomous person. Enmeshed relationships are very similar to co-dependent...

10 Sep

Find Joy in Life! – How You Can Overcome Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Trudy Jacobsen When depression takes hold of you, it can feel crushing. Depressive and suicidal thoughts can be extremely overwhelming, and you may be left feeling as though you are powerless to fight back. Depression often makes even simple tasks feel impossible. When you are depressed, it may be difficult to get out of bed, shower, go to work, or even leave the house. Unsurprisingly, self-care is so important in the fight...

03 Sep

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Couples – Treating Relational Trauma

Trudy Jacobsen At the foundation of every healthy relationship lies an infrastructure of security. The bricks that make up the core of this base include trust, attachment, love, and the confidence that your partner has your back. Knowing you can count on someone to be in your corner is an irreplaceable feeling. But what happens when that person fails you? For instance, maybe you take an emotional fall only to find that...

29 Aug

7 Practical Ways to Balance the Emotional Effects of Debt

Trudy Jacobsen The impact of a financial debt goes far beyond your wallet. Your debt can carry an emotional burden that can weigh just as heavily on your psyche. What if the debt will take a long time to pay off? Will you ever be debt-free again? How will this debt impact your financial future? Do you earn enough money to make your payments? It’s no wonder that debt can have a tremendous emotional impact...