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Emotionally Safe Sex: Ensuring Sex is About Connection and Healing

by Dr. Mark Chamberlain
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Presented by Mark Chamberlain, PhD at the “Togetherness Conference” on October 17, 2015. The following content is his PowerPoint presentation. Emotionally Safe Sex “I feel messed up emotionally” “I’m not crazy!” Attachment System: • I still want to be with my husband physically • I want to know he’s near me Avoidance System: • I […]

How Couples Start to Heal Porn’s Damage

by Dr. Mark Chamberlain
How Couples Start to Heal Porn’s Damage

From early in their relationship, a couple shared a profound bond. When they were dating he “let her in” more than he had anyone else ever before. As she came to know the person he was inside, she saw his heart and it won her over. She sensed deeply that she’d always be safe with […]

Learning to Trust Again

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
Learning to Trust Again

Trust is Different than Forgiveness Forgiveness does not mean that all trust has been restored in our relationship. Forgiveness and trust are not the same. Trust requires evidence, forgiveness does not. We might forgive our spouse for past transgressions, but we may still wonder if we trust him when he says, “I need to work […]

Forgiveness is Not Easy

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
Forgiveness is Not Easy

Most parents try to teach their children about forgiveness when something goes wrong by asking them to tell a friend or sibling, “I am sorry.” Forgiveness is not an absolute science. We cannot expect that by doing 1+1 we will get 2 as the result. Our emotions are not some mathematical formula. What is forgiveness? […]

“Building Emotional Safety–Learning to Validate Feelings.”

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Part of human nature is to be understood, feel wanted and needed. Learning to validate our feelings and those of others builds emotional bridges. Establishing these basic connections lays the foundation for emotional safety. It is this safety that allows us to go out into the world and accomplish our daily tasks. Validation Validation occurs […]

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