Beyond the Chase: Breaking Your Obsessions That Sabotage True Intimacy

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Hazelden Publishing, Oct 23, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Maximize your capacity for a deep, lasting relationship with this guide designed to help you grow as a loving partner. For centuries, stories of romance in literature, in movies, and on television have equated true love with "happily ever after," perpetuating the myth that once you meet the love of your life, the rest is easy. In reality, it is when this initial attraction dissipates that the real work begins; building and maintaining true intimacy can be one of life's great challenges--and rewards.

In Beyond the Chase: Breaking Your Obsessions That Sabotage True Intimacy, renowned therapist and national media commentator Carla Wills-Brandon teaches readers--whether they are in search of a mate, caught up in the passion of a burgeoning romance, or well along a committed path--how to weather a variety of storms by working through the obsessive tendencies that prevent them from achieving the close relationship that they desire. Readers learn to distinguish between lust and love recognize addictive behaviors that cause isolation communicate effectively establish healthy boundaries respect their partner sexually fight fairly identify symptoms of intimacy difficulties understand how past pain impacts relationships

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Carla Wills-Brandon always wanted to do two things professionally: be of service to others, and write. After receiving a scholarship to California State University, Fresno, she graduated with high honors and a degree in psychology. She then went on to finish a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, an APA approved school. Her husband, Michael "Tex" Brandon, also received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from this institution. After publishing eight books, and developing a successful private practice as a State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Carla decided to go back to school. Not interested in treading a traditional education path she completed a two year course of study and dissertation in a Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Nutrition program at Clayton College of Holistic Health. Her dissertation was titled "A Four Pronged Approach to the Holistic Treatment of Food Disorders." Carla has published 12 books, one of which was a "Publishers Weekly Best Seller." Her most recent book, "Beyond The Chase: Breaking Your Obsessions That Sabotage True Intimacy" is proving to be a great success. She has also lectured across the U.S. and U.K., and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, such as Coast To Coast Radio with George Noory, Geraldo Rivera, Sally Jesse Raphael, Montel Williams, Art Bell's Coast To Coast Radio Show, Uri Geller's Coast To Coast Radio Show and Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher. Considered a relationship and trauma expert, many of her media appearances have been dedicated to discussing healthy intimacy, recovery from sexual abuse and trauma resolution. She has also appeared on several programs with her husband Michael, as the two clinicians often see couples in their private practice as a couple.

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