Debra Bronstein, MFT
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Couples Counseling and Marital Therapy:

OK - who doesn't think this is hard work? Staying deeply connected with your partner and maintaining a truly vital relationship may be one of the hardest things you ever do. That's because intimate relationship brings up the most subterranean parts of ourselves, and the kicker is that we typically don't even realize it...we think it's the other person who has the issues!

Like individual therapy, working on ourselves within the context of an intimate relationship is a powerful opportunity for awakening. Because it is so triggering of our hidden parts and wounds, it allows us a rare opportunity to explore them. Ever notice how evolved you feel when you are single? Welcome to the spiritual teachings of committed partnership! As we learn to rein in our projections and take responsibility for our own experience, the possibility for truly seeing our partner opens up. It is from that place that real mutuality is actually possible, and conscious, loving decisions can be made about the relationship.
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