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Is an abusive dating relationship considered domestic violence?

By Rachel Rubenstein, LCSW --- The National Domestic Abuse Hotline defines Domestic Violence (DV) as “ abuse, or relationship abuse...a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.” This kind of abuse can happen between parents, minors, male, female, ...

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How do I build my self-confidence?

By Rachel Rubenstein, LCSW --- I don’t always feel good about myself.  How do I build my self-confidence? What an important question! Self-confidence can actually be your Superpower, you just need to know how to access it. First, remember that self-confidence doesn’t look the same in all people. Public speaking, ...

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