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Interacting with Difficult People

It might be a boss, a significant other, a parent, a step-parent, a sibling, an adult child, or a friend with whom you’ve had a long history.  No matter what happens, you walk away from conversations with them feeling angry, demoralized, self-critical, judged, disrespected, misunderstood, or just “crazy.”  You know your interactions with this person are not healthy, but you feel tied to them by family, work, or shared experience.


Interacting with this individual and respecting yourself feel mutually exclusive at times.  Your friends tell you to stop talking to them, or perhaps you are worried about the other people in your life that you would lose if you severed communication.  Most people encounter challenging relationships in life, and yet there is no manual for dealing with them.


As a clinical psychologist, I work to help individuals find ways to:

  • Renegotiate the boundaries of their relationships

  • Work toward more comfortable levels of closeness or distance

  • Build self-confidence

  • Stop avoiding “hard” conversations that need to be had

  • Learn effective communication skills


If there’s someone in your life that came to mind as you read this, why not give me a call at 484-222-6436 or contact me at

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