difficult relationships

1-Minute Read: Ever have a difficult relationship?

1-Minute Read- ever have a difficult relationshipHave you ever had a friendship that left you feeling confused, hurt or angry? It’s not only our children who struggle with difficult friendships. Adults can struggle with friendships just as much as our kids. We all have them!

Here are some questions I frequently hear:

How do I tell my friend that he/she has hurt my feelings?

How do I end a friendship? Is this mean?

How do I get over a hurtful experience within a friendship?

These are great questions. Things to consider when seeking solutions are your own patterns (people pleaser, peace maker) and your ability to deal with uncomfortable feelings.

Knowing those answers will also help us be a role model for our children on how to handle difficult friendships. At times we need to know how to speak our mind.  At times we need to know how to set boundaries. At times we need to be able to end a toxic relationship.

It is very important to get clarity on all of our relationships so that we can feel empowered in them. Remember that whenever one friendship ends it opens the door for other relationships to enter. Change is not a negative.


 

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Licensed counselor and founder of Girls Stand Strong Michelle Kelley, LCSW, helps girls and women of all ages develop and improve their self-image, self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, emotional understanding, coping skills, the ability to handle difficult situations and people, and resiliency to create a brighter, better and more successful tomorrow. For more information about Michelle’s coaching and counseling services, call (703) 505-2413 or email michelle@girlsstandstrong.com.

1-Minute Read: Have You Been Hurt in a Relationship?

recite-Hurt in a relationshipI have spent many years researching and trying to understand confusing, painful and difficult relationships.  I have had my share.  We all have.  I have challenging family relationships.  I have been divorced.  And yes, I have been hurt.

We will always have challenging people and relationships in our life.  Personalities and life experiences play a big part in all of our relationships.

Never underestimate the value of understanding what is really going on in a relationship… as well as your part.  Put some time into it.  This will assist you in moving on with your life — with or without the challenging person.  Sometimes a solution is as simple as learning how to create healthy boundaries.

There is no shortcut in dealing with a painful relationship.  It hurts.  You will cry.  You will be angry and scream “This is unfair!”  But in the end you will reclaim your peace of mind.  

Peace of mind is what I help women with.

If you or someone you know would like to help in reclaiming peace of mind after (or during) a hurtful relationship, please let me know.

We were created to feel empowered in all of our relationships.


 

Michelle Kelley 10.14 c
Michelle Kelley Licensed Counselor, Owner, Girls Stand Strong

Licensed counselor and founder of Girls Stand Strong Michelle Kelley, LCSW, helps girls and women of all ages develop and improve their self-image, self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, emotional understanding, coping skills, the ability to handle difficult situations and people, and resiliency to create a brighter, better and more successful tomorrow. For more information about Michelle’s coaching and counseling services, call (703) 505-2413 or email michelle@girlsstandstrong.com.

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