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Three Steps to Emotionally Supporting Your Partner

Throughout the time in a relationship, it is common for one of the partners to encounter a hard time in their life. With this they need the support of their partner. Sometimes when trying to be helpful with a partner, your help could be rejected. This is because you may be going about helping in the wrong way. John and Elaine Leadem, contributor writers for Psych Central have three main steps to take when supporting your partner. 

  1. Do not give input or advice unless your partner says they want it. 
  2. Be prepared to expose yourself. It is your experience and strength that will help your partner the most. 
  3. You must be willing to let go of the outcome of the support you give. 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.