There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Navigating the complex world of family relationships.
Sarah Epstein LMFT
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2. When you're together, you become an expired version of yourself.
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Sarah Epstein, LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA and the Amazon bestselling author of the book Love in the Time of Medical School.