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Although I love the holiday season and LOVE spending quality time with my family, not everyone does. I understand that the holidays can be tough for anyone, whether it's because of strained relationships or lack thereof. Here are some ways that you can best maneuver the many stressors that can come up when being around...

Being assertive means sticking up for yourself and not wavering on your stance or point of view. Practicing assertiveness is achieved by RESPECTING the other person's viewpoint, regardless of whether or not you agree with it. It is possible to ask for what you want, get a point across, and receive what you deserve WITH...

It is not uncommon to find ourselves in a toxic or unhealthy relationship - whether it be romantic, familial or friendly. Once we become involved or enmeshed in toxicity, we may find it difficult to get ourselves out. I want to emphasize the importance of removing yourself from an unhealthy relationship or environment....

Each person has a different primary love language. Often, we do not know what ours is, or even what our partner's is. Therefore, we unknowingly act in contrast with our partner's love language, and are unsuccessful in showing him/her love in the way that he/she wants to receive it. This can thus lead to problems in a r...

Just because you and your partner (or family member, friend, etc.) may have differences in opinions, views or communication style, doesn't mean your interactions have to turn into conflict. Conflict is optional. It occurs when one or both partners attempt to coerce the other into adopting their point of view. Fear unde...

Work can be stressful, no matter what type of job you have. Whether it's the people we work with that get on our nerves, or the lack of compensation, or the workplace conditions -- managing stress at work is possible! Take some time to track your stressors. Pay attention to what types of situations, what times of the d...

In my last blog post, I discussed what boundaries are and how to set them. Boundaries and codependency often go hand-in-hand (or so you would think), so I thought it was appropriate to write about codependency next. Codependency is one of the issues I see most with my clients. You may think codependency is just "spendi...

Boundaries are an important part of practicing self-care and maintaining healthy relationships. I have already written an article on self-care that I hope you have read and enjoyed! Boundaries are often discussed in close relation to codependency. Don't worry, I'll get to that in a later blog post. 

A boundary is quite...

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