COUPLES THERAPY NEWCASTLE: THE SUGAR DOCTOR BLOG

Tara loves to write. In this blog, you will find rich discussions and ideas on how to improve your relationships. From ways to resolve issues, to how-to's, date night ideas, and everything about marriage and couples therapy Newcastle, The Sugar Doctor blog has it covered.

Never Text Your Ex at Christmas!

Don’t text your ex at Christmas! Discoer what does it mean to be “marleyed” as Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor talk about A Christmas Carol and the Ghost of Exes Past. Transcript Below… [Original recording on ABC website here] Episode Transcript: Ah, the festive season. A time when emotions run deep;  love, jealousy, hatred,…
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How to Retire without Getting Divorced

How do you retire without getting divorced? Why is that when You’ve finally raised the children, finished work, and have your whole future ahead of you, some couples realise they don’t like each other any more, while others retire happily ever after? Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor talk about how to keep retire without getting…
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How to Say Sorry (and Really Mean It)

How to say sorry is so fundamental to our relationships, that it ought to be taught at every level of education. Why do people find it so hard to say sorry? And what constitutes a great apology? [Full Transcript Below] Contents; Audio Episode Transcript: Why Don’t We Know How to Say Sorry? How Do Develop…
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Is it Bad to Have a Relationship Age Gap?

Contents; Audio Episode Transcript: Are Relationship Age Gaps Different for Famous People? What Does it Mean to be at Different Life Stages? Is There a Perfect Relationship Age Gap? How Young is Too Young? What Happens to Power Dynamics with a Relationship Age Gap? What are the Benefits of a Relationship Age Gap? How Does…
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Relationship Memories & Objects We Shared

Relationship memories can feel joyful, painful, or remind you of heartbreak. How do ‘things’ trigger memories? And what should we do with the objects we shared? Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor discuss the Museum of Broken Relationships, and what to do with Things after a relationship has ended. [Full Transcript Below] Contents; AudioEpisode Transcript:What…
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Your Attachment Style and How You Argue

  Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor talk about how the way you were raised influences your style of conflict.[Original recording on ABC website here] You can listen to the show live on Monday mornings from 9:30 am on ABC Newcastle at 1233AM or stream live here. Kia Handley is: Not a car! Presenter ABC Newcastle. Loves…
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How to Plan a Movie Date Night Extravaganza!

This isn’t just any date night, create an experience by planning a movie date night extravaganza! Select a movie (or a series) that you know your partner will love, it could be a favourite of theirs, or one they have expressed a desire to see. (If you don’t know, FFS ask!) WHERE TO GO FOR…
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How the Internet Changed Dating

  Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor talk about how the internet has changed dating.[Original recording on ABC website here] You can listen to the show live on Monday mornings from 9:30 am on ABC Newcastle at 1233AM or stream live here. Kia Handley is: Not a car! Presenter ABC Newcastle. Loves vintage, Eurovision & great stories.…
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Do Unresolvable Issues Mean Game Over?

How do you know the difference between solvable and unresolvable issues in your relationship? And does it mean that you’re incompatible and should break up? Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor talk about how to navigate conflict when you just can’t agree. [Full Transcript Below] Audio You can listen to the show live on Monday…
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Smashed Glass symbolising fragile friendships

How Fragile are your Friendships?

How fragile are your friendships? I mean, let’s get really real here. How do you respond if someone doesn’t reply to your text? What do you do if it seems ‘hard’ to arrange a catch-up? Which of your invisible rules have you articulated to your friends? Are you flexible and generous in your interpretations? Get it off your…
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