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.

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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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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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The Dos and Don’ts of Breaking Up

Contents; Audio Episode Transcript: Is Grieving After Breaking Up Normal? How Long Does Break Up Grief Last? What Can We Learn From Breaking Up? On The ABC Newcastle Mornings Text Line… Is There a Difference Between a Good and a Bad Breakup? What Role Does Your Support Network Play? What Happens if We Share Our…
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Storm troopers show relationship commitment

How to Know When to Commit

I used to think that commitment to a partner was a choice that would follow from a feeling of certainty. That there would be a point where I could say “Now the time is right. This is the person for me.“ and at that point I would take the next natural step in the relationship, whether it…
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How to Manage Mismatched Libidos

  Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor unpack how to manage mismatched libidos.[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. You can…
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What are your Partner’s most annoying Habits, and How do You Deal?

  Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor uncover the most annoying habits in the Hunter Valley![Original recording on ABC Radio 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…
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How do I Choose Contraception?

What are the options around contraception? How do we navigate those conversations? What are the issues? Check out today’s chat with sexologist Jayne McCartney and Kia Handley on ABC 1233 Newcastle. Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor with Sexologist Jayne McCartney discussing contraception.[Original recording on ABC Radio here.] You can listen to the show live…
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Relationship cycles: winter

The Winter of Love: Rest, Reflect, and Reconnect

The Winter of Love lasts for 12 months of the 7 year seasons of love cycle. This is often a season that couples skip in their headlong rush to do & get more, though in the end winter always comes. Many couples I work with come to me in the winter of their relationship. They have harvested their…
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