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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 and Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She graduated Phillips Graduate Institute with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and received her Chemical Dependency Specialty in 2014. Today, she practices Congnitive-behavioral therapy to help individuals, couples, and families identify and overcome a variety of unique challenges.