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Susan Lager

The Couplespeak™ Relationship Forum


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Susan Lager is a psychotherapist, author, and relationship coach at her private practice, The Couples Center PLLC, in Portsmouth, NH. She is the Founder and Principal of Couplespeak™, the unique and innovative company providing exciting programs and vital tools for transformational relationship success. She has authored many published articles, as well as two new workbooks in The Couplespeak™ Series: "I'M TALKING! ARE YOU LISTENING?" FIX COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PARTNER IN NO TIME FLAT! is a short, humorous guide for the "do's" and "don't's" of better communication in close relationships. Her latest book "BECOME RELATIONSHIP SMART WITHOUT A LIFETIME OF THERAPY" is a useful resource for anyone wanting more joyful, meaningful relationships. Susan also gets “up close and personal” in two blogs, has produced a series of “Learn To Love” videos on her YouTube channel, and is available as a show-stopping speaker at special events in her “spare" time. You can reach her at her Portsmouth, New Hampshire office at: 603-431-7131

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Life, for the most part, doesn't just happen to us. We make thousands of choices, large and small, obvious and seemingly invisible, that color all our experiences. People in happy marriages didn't just happen to be "on the right line at the right... more

Susan reveals how a dog generally impacts individuals and families, amplifying connection, empathy, vitality, and yes, work and cost as well. She also discusses the importance of rescue for not only dogs, but their humans as well.

Gaslighting is unfortunately a fairly common abusive relationship dynamic predicated on manipulative power and control. In this brief episode Susan explores some of the underpinnings, tactics, dynamics, and strategies for coping... more

In this 20 minute episode Susan discusses the process of losing traction and determination around comittments, why it happens, when it may be a positive thing, and when it may signal some personal or relational shortcomings. At the... more

In this 20 minute episode Susan discusses differences and dynamics in relationships which clearly signal the probability of failure. Couples often wrestle with the issue of when efforts may be futile to reconcile or find more happiness... more

In a previous episode Susan delved into some strategies for living more fully amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. She discussed the physical and emotional challenges everyone faces, as well as the symptoms people were experiencing... more

In this 20 minute episode Susan explores some of the most pressing issues most of us must face "hiding from death" in the Covid19 pandemic. She discusses the seemingly mundane, like the etiquette of mask wearing in public, to the... more

In this 15 minute episode Susan discusses the issue of how we set the stage for certain outcomes with our inaction, avoidance, procrastination and denial in much the same way we shape outcomes with overt choices. These passive choices... more

In this 20 minute episode Susan shares her insights about some of the common sources of holiday related anxiety and stress, and how being proactive and intentional can transform the season. If you have a history of some really... more

In this 15 minute episode Susan discusses different coping strategies, and invites listeners to look at the origins of their tools, and how well these tools serve their purpose. The episode focuses on the importance of being more conscious and... more
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