A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Blake Griffin Edwards LMFT
As the walls rise, we have increasing difficulty hearing, or understanding, one another. In other words, empathy is a precursor to mutuality.
A sputtering of formative anxiety is passed along from generation to generation. The family unconscious drives identity, etching itself into personality.
Systemic psychotherapists see potential linkages, and power, between their client and every other person, challenge, and opportunity in their world.
Few facets of society are as misunderstood and underappreciated as the intangible, psychological dynamics taking place within the emotional systems of our families.
Responsive parenting requires attunement to your unique child. Yet these seven principles are consistently applicable to children of any age or temperament.
A paradigm-shifting global crisis is actually a decent opportunity to make some constructive changes in our lives.
In the best of cases, trying times shift focus in meaningful ways from pursuits of happiness to pursuits of dignity and purpose.
It helps to be proportionately responsive to the stage of someone's distress. Understanding our own underlying emotions increases our capacity for empathy.
Our current state of emergency is exacerbating social determinants of health issues, including challenges related to housing insecurity, food insecurity, and accessing health care.
Perhaps we should give more consideration to the trade-offs and return on investment for saying something versus saying nothing.
We're at constant risk of projecting outdated threats. Could our lives be more unconsciously determined than we imagined?
Even when they are not physically attacked, children witness 68% to 80% of domestic assaults. Sobering new reports reveal an indirect toll COVID-19 is taking on kids everywhere.
Especially in the midst of the pandemic, couples must work to develop freedom within the pushes and pulls of powerful emotions in their relationships.
A substantial body of empirical research has examined the implications of a father’s absence on a child’s well-being, supporting these five conclusions.
Leaving our children to figure it all out for themselves is a potential recipe for distraught emotions, misguided behavior, as well as family conflict, in the end.
Children who receive this kind of discipline tend to become more assertive, socially responsible, self-regulated, and cooperative.
To the extent we fail to go toe-to-toe with our emotional impulses, they’ll go toe-to-toe with the ones we love.
Sometimes just taking good care to notice what we’re experiencing and feeling, without judgment—being gracious with ourselves and with one another—can go a long way to helping.
These are trying times yet an opportunity for self-examination. What does it mean to live meaningfully and authentically during such a time as this?
Sometimes couples do not take the necessary steps toward one another. They allow emotional infection to spread in spite of medicine they are fully capable of administering.
Life is anxiety. It is freedom, yet it is responsibility, a series of choices under constraint, one negating another.
Skillful parents act in spite of anxiety and impulse rather than at their whim. Our parenting behavior should stir confidence, connection, and character.
There is no reason for those devoted to the development and testing of specific techniques to discount the obvious benefits of common factors.
A functional family emotional system operates like a thermostat, cooling when temperatures run high, warming when too cool.
Diagnostic models of mental health conditions have limitations and, in many cases, questionable origins.
Just as the wizard’s activities in Oz, psychotherapy runs the risk of mere illusion, yet meaningful work can be ultimately accomplished.
To grow, we must experience freedom within the pushes and pulls of powerful, self-perpetuating forces, in which problems and the emotional states they dance with maintain themselves.
It is surprising to many that when transformative changes occur, they often come in subtle ways and bring with them simple joys, almost unexpectedly.
In a time of so much division and unpredictability, here are three resolutions you can’t afford not to make.
A digital relationship may not provide the real intimacy we all crave.
Blake Griffin Edwards is a licensed marriage and family therapist, behavioral health director, and integrated care consultant in Washington State.