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"No Intimate Relationships During the First Year of Sobriety!"

Recovering addicts hear this all the time in 12-step programs. However, this sound bit of wisdom is rarely heeded. Many have a hard time accepting that a hiatus from intimate relationships is necessary. In their minds, dating and new relationships seem benign. As long as I'm not using and we're not using and are in a program, I'm safe. Not so fast. Getting into an intimate relationship prematurely....(Read full article...)

Anonymous Sex: Freedom or Isolation

For the passed five years, I've been conducting 'relationship training' workshops primarily for the heterosexual. The objective of these workshops is to teach principles and skills for building, healthy intimate relationships. When, a year or so ago, a lesbian colleague approached me about extending these workshops to the gay population, I fel....(Read full article...)

Acting Responsibly In The Face of Desire

Would you like to have an affair? vs. Would you have an affair? These are two different questions, each so volatile in nature that most of us prefer not to think about them. My purpose in asking (as well as answering them for myself) is to shed light on what might be the greatest challenge in developing and sustaining an intimate re....(Read full article...)

Diagnosing Addiction

Diagnosing Addiction When it comes to treatment, 'rule of thumb' is: The sooner addiction is detected the more favorable the prognosis. The goal is always to intervene as early as possible. The reasoning is simple - addiction worsens over time, related problems mount and it becomes more entrenched and impervious to treatment. However, more times than not, by the time the addict enters treatment....(Read full article...)

Brandon Teena, Teena Brandon

At the end of a great film, you might sit back for a moment and reflect on what you saw. In the days following, images may pass through your mind, evoking something deep–a memory, a feeling, an insight. But rarely are you reeling from revelations in its aftermath, unable to shake them off. Most people going to “Boys Don....(Read full article...)

Best Relationship Films of '05

Why is it, come this time of year, excitement about recognizing the best talent -- the best movie - screenplay - director-actors -- invariably turns to disillusionment and disdain, with this year being no exception. Regarding those films inexplicably missed, the ones that don't even make it to the nomination list....(Read full article...)

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About Daniel Linder, MFT

Daniel Linder Relationships. I was born with a keen sense about relationships, was always assessing how close and intimate people are with each other. I had a knack for relationships. The importance of relationships cuts to the core of who I am. The combination of clinical training, 30 years of professional experience treating addictive, non-intimate couples and families, as well as rigorous self analysis has given me a lot to work with. I put what seemed to come naturally to me under a microscope in an effort to break the process of building healthy relationships down to concrete essentials: Understanding of Basic Principles, Communication Skills, Self-realization and Intimacy.

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