End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

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How to End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

Don’t stay in a dysfunctional or codependent relationship because of guilt. Learn how to end a relationship without feeling guilty. Guilt keeps many people stuck in dysfunctional or codependent relationships because they prioritize other people’s needs and happiness above their own. Generally, we hope or expect that relationships will last forever. We idealize close family […]

Learning to Trust Yourself Again

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Learning to Trust Yourself Again After a Toxic Relationship

Healing from an unhealthy or toxic relationship involves learning to trust yourself again. Unhealthy relationships erode your ability to trust yourself Unhealthy or toxic relationships can destroy your trust in others. For example, if your partner cheated on you or called you derogatory names, it makes sense that you may have trouble trusting that your […]

11 Relationship Red Flags and Why We Ignore Them

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Relationship Red Flags

Why do so many people miss relationship “red flags”? Learn what to look for, so you can avoid abusive, codependent, or destructive relationships. When a relationship ends or isn’t going well, it’s natural to reflect and wonder whether there were signs — or red flags — that your partner wasn’t a good match. You might […]

Should I Leave a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Should I leave a dysfunctional relationship?

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. As a therapist, I often see people struggle with whether to stay or go. For someone with codependency, the decision to leave a dysfunctional or abusive partner is especially hard. Why it’s hard to end a “toxic”, dysfunctional, or abusive relationship If you’re struggling in […]