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At Mount Vernon Therapy, we provide confidential, caring couples therapy, individual therapy and marriage counseling.  Serving Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Belle Haven, Burke, Fort Belvoir, Fort Hunt, Franconia, Groveton, Huntington, Hybla Valley, Mount Vernon and other Northern Virginia locations.

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Tips for when a partner is defensive

7 Tips When Your Partner is Defensive

Does happen to you? When you try to talk with your partner, do you think: “I can’t talk to him without him getting mad” “Why is my wife so defensive?” “My husband gets defensive when I tell him how I feel” When you’re in a relationship, you have an extraRead More

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Why You Need to Have that Difficult Conversation With Your Partner

Are you seeing signs that unresolved issues are hurting your relationship? You want to connect better with your partner. But you’re tied up in knots about telling him you’re upset. When you don’t know how to have a difficult conversation about a relationship problem, you’re left: Feeling shut down whenRead More

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Newly Engaged? Why Premarital Counseling Can Prepare You for a Happier Life Ahead

If you’re newly engaged, you may be spending a lot of your time planning the wedding. But while you’re focusing on the flowers and the flavor of the cake, here’s why it’s good to spend time preparing for your life together, too. One of the best ways to fulfill aRead More

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Transform Your Daily Stress into Happier, More Open-Hearted Living

Recently, we asked ourselves, what is the best thing we can do to help you? And we decided to do something unusual and bold to support you. We are very excited to offer you high quality one-on-one biofeedback sessions completely free. Learn a Powerful Stress Management Practice Free (until DecemberRead More

Afraid of being vulnerable

Why We Fear Being Vulnerable and How to Make It a Personal Strength

We all have a deep hunger to be known, respected and loved. But we fear being vulnerable, which is essential to being present with another. Why is being vulnerable so hard? Our need to belong is essential to our wellbeing. But asking for the kind of connection we want isRead More

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Deep Listening: How to Create More Intimate Connection

When we want to show empathy, most of us have a good feel for the basics. We can say, “You sound mad,” or “…glad,” or “…frustrated,” depending on what we hear. Empathy does go a long way to help your relationship. When you help name another person’s experience, it’s veryRead More

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How to Make Your Partner Feel Special: What to Say to Build Emotional Intimacy

“Here’s what I love about you…” Have you ever longed to hear your partner open up about feeling touched or moved in being with you? Do you sometimes wonder what your loved one’s experience is like at certain moments? You may feel the urge to tell your partner how muchRead More

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When Your Partner Is a Blamer: 7 Tips to Stop the Blame Game

Why do people point fingers when they try to solve their relationship problems? This is how to turn your partnership around. What usually happens when couples fight? It’s tempting to think, “It’s my partner’s fault.” Finding fault may seem normal and natural. We do it without knowing it. But there’sRead More

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Relationship Care That Works: 10 Tips for a Happy Relationship

Build a Stronger Love With These 10 Tips Think of your relationship as a garment you want to last a lifetime. To keep it looking and feeling great, you would strengthen the seams, mend any small rips, and avoid damage to the fabric. Here are 10 ways to help refresh,Read More

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How to Heal a Relationship After a Fight

Handling Hurt and Painful Feelings in a Relationship (Video) Fighting with your partner hurts so much! It’s so hard to handle all the hurt and pain that comes after arguing with your spouse or partner. How do you fix a relationship when bringing things up causes another fight? Emotions seem to beRead More