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Mar 13, 2017

Signs and symptoms of nervous or mental breakdown

Having a mental or nervous breakdown? Check if you recognise these common signs and symptoms, why you shouldn't ignore them.

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Nov 25, 2016

Alcoholism stages - the descent, realisation and recovery

A personal and graphic description of alcoholism stages. Can you see yourself in these 12 stages?

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Nov 25, 2016

Married to - or living with an alcoholic?

What to do, and what not, when you suspect you're living with an alcoholic, perhaps married to one.

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Nov 22, 2016

Find your absent biological father

Do you want to find your biological father? Don't know who he is? Find out why you should search and what to expect.

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Sep 20, 2016

Children in the middle

Breaking up, separating or divorcing? Discover how to minimise the negative effects on your children.

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May 17, 2016

How to keep a long-distance relationship alive

Why and how long-distance relationships can work. What to do and what not to handle the separation.

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May 01, 2016

How to get over him or her once and for all

Simple but powerful healing programme to help you get over someone you love once and for all

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Feb 14, 2016

Social anxiety symptoms and support

Social anxiety signs and symptoms, and support to help you overcome your worries and fears.

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Feb 03, 2016

Dream interpretations

Discover why it is important to know the real meaning of your dream, and the most common mistake in interpreting your dream.

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Dec 20, 2015

Help your partner with anxiety to help themselves

How to survive your partner's anxieties and help them overcome that constant fear and dread.

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Dec 06, 2015

Anxiety interventions - three steps to help you beat the condition

Effective and practical anxiety disorder self help strategies and resources for when you often feel anxious for no reason at all.

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Dec 01, 2015

Anxiety for no reason no more. Common causes of (chronic) anxiety disorder

It's so very scary to suffer anxiety for no reason. Let me help you. Discover some unexpected as well as common causes.

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Oct 13, 2015

5 point plan to fix your relationship

Effective 5 point plan to start fixing your relationship today and see the changes tomorrow

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Sep 10, 2015

Positive communication kit for couples

Fun and meaningful ways to focus on the positive aspects of your relationship with great communication skills.

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Jul 05, 2015

How to deal with a jealous partner

Is your partner's jealousy threatening your relationship? Find out how to deal with a jealous partner and rebuild your relationship.

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Apr 03, 2015

How to deal with relationship stress

Professional relationship advice with top tips on how to survive relationship stress.

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Mar 07, 2015

How to deal with a narcissist, and recover your self-esteem

Expert tips and advice on how to deal with a narcissist. Recover your self-esteem - find out why it's not all your fault!

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Feb 05, 2015

My partner's children don't want to know me

In a relationship with someone whose children reject you? 10 Tips for dealing with the situation.

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Jan 14, 2015

Dealing with Jealousy

Expert advice and tips on how to stop your jealousy destroying your relationship and your happiness.

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Dec 27, 2014

New Year's Eve relationship advice

Relationship advice for New Year's Eve when contemplating ending your relationship or marriage in 2014.

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Nov 05, 2014

Relationship advice for Christmas

How to survive Christmas without it causing a relationship breakup or divorce.

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Oct 26, 2014

Broken heart syndrome

Could you be suffering from broken heart syndrome after a sudden major loss such as the end of a relationship?

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Sep 21, 2014

You, your relationship and your very sick baby

How to keep your relationship afloat when you have a sick baby

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Aug 08, 2014

Full fee or free (marriage) counseling

The best way to get free or affordable (marriage) counselling and the secret to helping yourself.

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Jul 26, 2014

My partner suffers from OCD

What you should know if your partner has OCD. Your questions answered about Obsessive Intrusive Disorder intruding.

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May 07, 2014

How to get the best telephone counselling

Help and support - phone counseling - in the comfort of your own surroundings at a time that suits you

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May 06, 2014

Pregnant and having relationship problems?

What do you do when you are pregnant, but your partner or spouse is not interested and does not support you.

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May 05, 2014

The best divorce lawyers...

The first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson, announced that he and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce.

Robinson sets such a great example to couples who are splitting up with these words in The Daily Beast:

"As my marriage to Mark ends, I believe him to be one of the kindest, most generous and loyal human beings on earth. There is no way I could ever repay the debt I owe him for his standing by me through the challenges of the last decade. I will be forever grateful to him…”

No sign of animosity, but instead a generous, kind and loving public acknowledgment of Mark’s strengths and his support during challenging times.

He goes on to say: "I know this flies in the face of the common practice of regarding one party in a divorce as the bad guy and one the good guy.”

I know from my professional experience that this practice is all too often encouraged and amplified by well-meaning lawyers, in the belief that it best serves their client.

Robinson only gives a hint of the relationship problems they’ve had to deal with:

"... like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples.”

Indeed they are! In addition, the local gay community is often a relatively small one; and this frequently causes additional complications prior to, during and after a breakup. Friends are often ready to defend the one that they see as being the victim in the domestic drama. Not easy to escape when you’re in such a small community.

He writes: "Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”

So true – and I can vouch for that both personally and professionally. Many couples rekindle their friendship years later, when the passing of time allows for a greater insight into their own role in the problems. Some people even go on to remarry the once rejected partner.

In any case, if you have children, you remain parents for the rest of your life. All the more important to find a divorce lawyer who helps to preserve the dignity and self-esteem of both partners.

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Apr 28, 2014

Do you really need an online psychic or astrologist?

Decide whether or not you really need a spiritual psychic reading. Essential info to avoid wasting your money.

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Apr 27, 2014

Signs of abusive men. Do you have an abusive boyfriend or spouse?

Find out what abusive men and women do in relationships. Don't miss the signs of an abusive relationship.

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