12 Self Care Gifts to Give Yourself

The holidays are merry and joyful, but can be stressful and exhausting at times on top of the already hectic and chaotic way life can usually be. That’s what makes self care so important year round and especially during the holidays. Taking care of number one is critical to feeling healthy, well, and happy. These […]

Domestic Violence Doesn’t Take a Holiday

Domestic violence will affect 25 percent of women in their lifetime and abuse knows no boundaries, including the seasons. Violence in a relationship can be traumatic any time of year, but the holidays add another layer of complications. Domestic Violence Reports Decrease During the Holidays A study by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence […]

7 Tips to Counter Loneliness During the Holidays

The holiday season often comes with pressure to feel joy, love, and happiness. For those who have left a relationship during this time of year, including survivors of relationship abuse, feelings of loneliness or isolation are sure to creep up. Yes, this is normal. But know that you don’t have to be in a relationship, […]

KPBS Interview with Jessica Yaffa – Shelley Malil Domestic Violence Case

Shelley Malil Domestic Violence Case Our very own Jessica Yaffa speaks to KPBS in response to the Shelley Malil domestic violence case and the rehabilitation of offenders.  

20 Self Care Tips from People We Love

When we are struggling with relationships, whether they are abusive or not, self-care can often get pushed to the wayside. But if you’ve been following my blogs, or heard me speak, you know that nurturing the relationship we have with ourselves is even more important when we’re experiencing difficulties in our relationships with others. My […]

Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

A guide for setting healthy boundaries in relationships   Humans are social animals. Our very existence relies on our relationships with others and many aspects of our well-being hinges on the quality of those relationships. Whether you are the type to have many relationships or just a few, healthy relationships are critical to your survival. […]

How to Deal with a Narcissist

Dealing with a narcissist can be difficult. Whether they are our partner, parent, child, friend, boss, or co-worker, interacting with them can create feelings within us of shame, low self-worth, frustration, and fatigue. It can be difficult to spot a narcissist until we’re entangled in a dramatic relationship with them. Often, our first interactions with […]

Relationship Coaching: 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Coach

Finding the right relationship coach can be daunting. Improving your relationships requires a lot of work and it’s important to have a qualified guide to walk you through the journey. So just how do you choose the right coach? These 6 tips will guide you through the process so you can get to work on […]

The Link Between Trauma and Mass Violence

When we think about the link between trauma and mass violence, we typically think about the aftermath of mass violence and the resulting trauma. An interesting article recently published by Haven Hills Recovery, a women’s trauma treatment facility in San Diego, CA., explores the topic from a different angle. They wanted to know if mass […]

Am I Being Abused?

When we hear people ask this question, our first response is if you find yourself asking the question, it’s worth exploring the answer. While it’s normal, and even healthy, to ask yourself about the health of your relationship from time to time, if the question, “am I being abused,” continues to pop up for you, […]