Thriveworks Atlanta Counseling’s Dr. Joy Harden Bradford Gives Her Best Advice

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford from Thriveworks Atlanta Counseling is here to share her partner advice for strengthening your relationships.

Bradford, Joy Harden_cred Hardens PhotographyWhat is the most common problem your clients have with their partners? 

Being triggered by an unresolved issue from the past, such as having trust issues from previous relationships.

What steps can partners take to improve their relationship? 

Recognize your own triggers – what central themes come up in arguments with your partner? Also, address issues as soon as possible after they arise. Listen to your partner’s perspective. Learn how to apologize.

What have you learned from romantic relationships? 

I’ve learned to set healthy boundaries and that it’s OK to speak up and ask for what I want and need from my partner.

What is your favorite quote about romantic relationships? 

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen. This quote speaks to the importance of realistic expectations in relationships.

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