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Bracing for Tragedy Amidst Joy

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

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.

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5 Expert Tips for Dating After Divorce

5 Expert Tips for Dating After Divorce

“Dating can be difficult. It can trigger emotions from past relationships and often brings the experience of rejection,” explains Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, premarital counselor, parenting coach, therapist and life coach with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.

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10 Signs You're a Bad Listener

10 Signs You're a Bad Listener

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“With quarantine, people have more free time, less opportunity to be out doing things with friends, increased loneliness and higher levels of stress and anxiety,” explains Jessica Small, therapist and life coach with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching. “The circumstances of dating are ripe for creating false intimacy in relationships.”

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What's Behind All These Bad Dates in the Pandemic?

What's Behind All These Bad Dates in the Pandemic?

Pandemic Relationships Breakup Recovery Relationship Advice Online Dating Coach

“With quarantine, people have more free time, less opportunity to be out doing things with friends, increased loneliness and higher levels of stress and anxiety,” explains Jessica Small, therapist and life coach with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching. “The circumstances of dating are ripe for creating false intimacy in relationships.”

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How To Reconnect With Your Partner During Date Night

How To Reconnect With Your Partner During Date Night

 

Building rituals of connection into your day (i.e. giving hugs and kisses in the morning and before bed, having meals together, etc.) is just as important and often more easily accessible,” Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, tells HelloGiggles.

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Pandemic Breakup Dating Coach Online Therapy
Pandemic Relationships Breakup Recovery Relationship Advice Online Dating Coach

Are Quarantine Relationship Breakups Worse Than Normal?

PANDEMIC RELATIONSHIPS GET HOT AND HEAVY FAST. BUT DOES THAT MAKE BREAKING UP EXTRA PAINFUL? With everything going on in the world, a bout of heartbreak could prove catastrophic. But, as some couples are finding out, it’s a whole different kind of agony.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner
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How To Reconnect With Your Partner During Date Night

Building rituals of connection into your day (i.e. giving hugs and kisses in the morning and before bed, having meals together, etc.) is just as important and often more easily accessible,” Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, tells HelloGiggles.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner
The Oprah Magazine

7 Ways to Be a Better Listener

“Problem-solving and meeting a partner’s needs requires having had the opportunity to absorb what your partner's telling you they need, or hope for, from you.”

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner
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Why Video Calls are so Exhausting and How To Manage

You can do this by using the following formula: “how you are feeling plus a positive personal need,” said Jessica Small, MA, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

25 Fool-Proof Long Distance Relationship Tips, According to Experts

“There is something deeply special and personal in a handwritten letter, and as a couples counselor, I have found that people are often able to be more vulnerable in their writing,” says Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

How To Take Care of Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

“Self-care can come in a variety of packages; try different things and figure out what works for you,” says Jessica Small, licensed marriage and family therapist with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

The 7 Best Online Marriage Counseling Programs of 2020

“The best candidates for marriage counseling are committed couples who love each other, and who are motivated to have the best relationship possible,” 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.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

Real-life Romance in the Time of Coronavirus

Experts say there’s a scientific reason why love is particularly sweet in the time of Coronavirus: humans need each other.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

How to Celebrate Relationship Milestones During the Coronavirus Crisis

Dr. Lisa says, Now, with everyone working from home, both partners will have more opportunities to bond with the baby and share in the magical, day-to-day experiences of caring for a newborn.

How to Cope When you Find out Your Ex has a new partner

How to Cope When You Find Out Your Ex Has a New Partner

 It doesn't matter how long it's been since the breakup: Discovering your ex has moved on with a new boyfriend or girlfriend can feel like a punch in the gut. Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby talks romantic rejection and moving on. 

tips to help you avoid burnout at work

4 Tips to Avoid Burnout at Work

Whether you are working a traditional job or working from home, it's important to protect yourself from burnout. Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby shares 4 Tipis to Avoid Burnout at Grow by Acorns blog. 

How To Give Your Partner Space When There Isn't Any

Is all this non-stop togetherness making you feel a little crowded at home? Dr. Lisa shares her tips with Bustle.com for how to negotiate boundaries and give each other space when you're living and working together, 24/7.

How To Celebrate Holidays Remotely

Jessica Small recommends When it’s time for dinner, do a group call and eat at the same time. You’ll all be eating the same foods and getting to enjoy the conversations as if you were together.

The Unexpected Relationship Benefits of Social Distancing, According to Marriage and Family Therapists

Dr. Lisa recommends acknowledging your differences and finding ways of taking turns or compromising so that you're both actively working to meet each other's emotional needs right now.

‘Sleep 8 hours’ to maintain your immune system, doctor says: This free 4-step routine can help

Is anxiety impacting your sleep? (Which then leads you to feel more anxious and stressed?) Dr. Lisa shares tips for how to stop your racing mind and get the rest you need, with Grow.com.

Partner Refuses To Social Distance? Say This

If you've been sitting on your couch, scrolling through Instagram stories, and remotely unleashing rage onto acquaintances who have chosen to go out to bars or hit the gym in the middle of a pandemic, you're certainly not alone. But what if the object of your fury is your beloved? If your partner refuses to social distance, it's time to get real about considering others during a public health emergency.

Relationship Advice For The Coronavirus Experience — with Katie Couric

If your relationship is feeling harder right now, you're not alone. You're both stressed, you're cooped up together, and trying to scramble kids, homeschooling, manage coronavirus anxiety, and protect yourself. It's so much. Dr. Lisa shared her relationship advice with Katie Couric live on Instagram (@katiecouric on IG!) to talk about how couples can cope.

How To Give Your Partner Space When There Is None?

Is all this non-stop togetherness making you feel a little crowded at home? Dr. Lisa shares her tips with Bustle.com for how to negotiate boundaries and give each other space when you're living and working together, 24/7.

Online Therapy for Anxiety

Looking for affordable, yet effective, online therapy for anxiety to support your mental health and manage the stress of Coronavirus? Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby shares her top tips for getting into (good!) affordable online therapy.

8 Easy, Not-Stressful Things You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better

Dr. Lisa shares her top tips for managing stress and anxiety about Coronavirus with Cosmopolitan.com.

5 free virtual getaways to help you cure cabin fever during the coronavirus outbreak

Cooped up and going crazy? Check out these tips for how to expand your horizons and experience the world, all from home.

Stop Creating Cutesy Buzzwords for Asshole Online Dating Behavior

Are humorous term for the pitfalls of modern dating masking a darker reality? Growing Self dating coach Jessica Small shares steps to bring the humanity back to online dating…

How to find affordable online mental health resources, according to a psychologist

Looking for affordable, yet effective, online therapy for anxiety to support your mental health and manage the stress of Coronavirus? Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby shares her top tips for getting into (good!) affordable online therapy.

Location Sharing: Relationship Experts are Split Over this Technological Question

Are you and your partner at odds over whether location-sharing is okay in your relationship? Dr. Bobby has LOTS of thoughts about relationship location-sharing, shared with Inverse.com: When it's okay, when it's not, and when it's a must.

This Is Why You Cry When You Argue

Do you start to lose it when you get into a fight with your partner? Check out these tips to get a handle on emotional flooding, shared on Rewire.org

Numbers Show Fewer People Are Attending College

Higher education can be an incredible investment in your future career, but it's not for everyone. Denver career coach Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby shares insights into whether college is the right path for your #careergoals.

Valentines Day First Date: Be Careful of Falling in Love

New love can happen fast — sometimes too fast! Shannon Ashley shares her cautionary tale, on Mamamia.com (and Medium.com)

7 Tips for Dealing With Heartache on Valentine's Day

Valentines Day can be tough when you're dealing with a nasty breakup or divorce. Expert relationship coach Jessica Small shared her tips for how to make a solid self-care plan to cope, with Bustle.com.

Affordable Therapy Options

Therapy can be expensive, but it can also be a priceless investment in yourself, your career and your relationships. Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby discusses affordable options for effective therapy with Grow.com

How To Cope When You Find Out Your Ex Has A New Partner

Just when you think you're getting past a breakup, finding out that your Ex is moving on can create a major emotional setback. Dr. Lisa explains why we go bananas when our Ex has a new flame with Kelsey Borresen of The Huffington Post.

New Year's Relationship Goals

Many people have #RelationshipGoals for the New Year, but HOW to accomplish those can be tricky. Dr. Lisa chats with Lisa and Ritchie of The Lisa Show on BYU Radio, to share her top tips for finding (and keeping) love, in 2020.

Why You're Feeling Lonely in Your Relationship

If you've ever felt lonely in your relationship, you're not alone. It's easy for long-term couples to become disconnected. In this article on Bustle.co., Growing Self marriage counselor and relationship coach Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT shares simple, but powerful, strategies for increasing your emotional connection and keeping your relationship strong.

4 tips to help you avoid burnout at work

Resolutions are easy to make, and tough to keep. Dr. Lisa shares her tips with Acorns Grow to help you stay on track and achieve your most important goals for the new year.

How to Handle Heartbreak Over the Holidays

Dealing with a breakup or divorce is hard at any time of year, but even more so over the holidays. Dr. Lisa visits with the crew at Daily Blast Live to talk about how to recover from heartbreak, and the strategies you can use to handle “holiday heartbreak” challenges with strength, self-compassion, and wisdom.

If You Have To See A Toxic Family Member During The Holidays, Here's What To Do

Everyone's got one. Some of us have many. Yes, toxic family members are such a thing — and they really find their time to shine during the holidays. So, how do you deal with a toxic family member at the holiday dinner table when you're just trying to enjoy some Boggle and cranberry sauce from a can?

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby discusses toxic family encounters and how to manage these relationships at the holiday dinner table on Bustle.com!

5 Arguments That Help Your Relationship Grow

Every relationship will encounter it's fair share of disagreements. How you approach and work through these disagreements is incredibly important for a successful partnership.

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby discusses the five arguments that help your relationship grow on the Wedding Wire!

How to Deal With Selfish Friends, Family, and Partners

Setting boundaries is often easier said than done. However, if you are dealing with a selfish relatoinship (whether romantic or platonic) it can be very frustrating to not have boundaries in place. 

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby discusses the importance of taking care of yourself in the midst of selfish relationships in this article on The Oprah Magazine online. 

Ask a Manager: The Workplace Advice That Helps With Aggressive Huggers, Magic Curses, and More

Breakups and divorces are hard at any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Dr. Lisa shares her advice for how to handle heartbreak over the holidays with the crew of Daily Blast Live. You can view the full episode on Youtube for more!

Office Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Interested in a coworker? Office relationships are tricky and should be approached with caution. Read what Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby suggests when you have a crush on a coworker.

4 Reasons Husbands Feel Like They Hate Their Wives

It ultimately boils down to two people not getting what they need from each other. 

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby discusses where these feelings come from and how to move past them into a brighter and more loving relationship.

How to Use Venmo Without Alienating Your Friends, According to a Psychologist

The use of electronic repayment apps have brought a whole new dynamic to our relationships.

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby talks friendship, money, and Venmo in this article on the Acorns GROW blog. 

From The Blog

Read more on The Love, Happiness & Success Blog below!

Boundaries in Relationships

Boundaries in Relationships

Happy, healthy relationships are built on healthy boundaries. If you struggle to establish boundaries, understand your boundaries, or even define your boundaries to others, this episode is for you!

I am talking with Denver Therapist, and Boundary Expert, Kathleen Stutts and we are going to cover the basics of boundaries and then dive into the nitty-gritty of establishing your boundaries in relationships so that you too can feel empowered in your most important relationships!

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