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Xennial Dating

“The micro-generation between Gen X and Millennials is caught somewhere between the worlds of online dating and IRL romance. Growing Self’s expert dating coach, Markie Damiana, shares her insights with Inside Hook and Michael Stahl about how to make it work.”

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas Based on Your Partner’s Love Language

“We all have ways of feeling loved that are meaningful to us—for example, some people experience love and connection the most when they’re engaged in activities with their partner, while others don’t feel appreciated unless their partner is giving them praise,” explains Lisa Marie Bobby, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., dating coach, founder and clinical director of Growing Self Counseling & Coaching, author of Exaholics and host of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast.

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Bracing for Tragedy Amidst Joy

Colorado Therapist, Jessica Small, LMFT, shares how one of the most supportive things we can do for another person is to ask questions to show our interest and give that person space to celebrate. Try asking open-ended, general questions like “what are you most excited about?”, “tell me more about your plans for …”

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Loneliness Amidst Lockdown

“We saw the rise (no pun intended) of baking at the start of the pandemic, I believe part of this stemmed from the distraction and excitement a new hobby can present in an otherwise trying time. If you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish or paint but have never had the time before, start now. This may help you move away from the feelings of loneliness and refocus on something that you feel excited by.” — Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.