Dr. Nicole McGuffin, PsyD

Love Smarter, Not Harder: The Hidden Key to Relationship Bliss

How emotional intelligence can transform your partnership Imagine a relationship where conflicts lead to greater intimacy, where you feel truly seen and understood by your partner. This isn’t just a fantasy – it’s the power of emotional intelligence in action. Drawing from the groundbreaking work of relationship experts James Masterson and Stan Tatkin, let’s explore

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Raising Resilient Kids in a Bubble-Wrapped World: A Case Against Gentle Parenting

Imagine a world where every child feels unconditionally loved, never experiences frustration, and always gets what they want. Sounds perfect, right? But what if this utopia actually stunts our children’s growth? Gentle parenting has surged in popularity, promising a kinder, more connected approach to raising children. But as we embrace this philosophy, are we inadvertently

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Relationship Abuse and PTSD: How to Heal from Trauma

Most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that is only suffered by military veterans or people who have experienced a horrific event. However, relationship abuse can also cause PTSD in its victims.   If you are a survivor of relationship abuse, then you know how traumatic it can be. The emotional

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How To Get the Most Benefit From Couples Therapy

Can couples therapy save your relationship?  Probably. Couples therapy can work wonders, but it is not an instant fix. If you trust the process, couple’s therapy will help you improve the quality of your life within that relationship.  Your relationships are a powerful force. A Harvard study showed more than money, fame, social class, or genes; relationships keep people

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