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How to Become Individually and Emotionally Healthy: Loving Yourself and Others

Posted April 7th, 2017 in Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development, Relationship Issues

“Love is multi-faceted.  It is like a diamond with many surfaces yet one display of beauty. In a similar way, when put together, the seven key characteristics of love form a loving person. Each trait is critical. If you are missing one in your relationships, you are missing something significant. These traits are the keys not only to successful relationships but to success in all of life. That’s because the only way to find true satisfaction in life is to love others well.”Gary Chapman, Love as a Way of Life

This is such a great quote from Gary Chapman’s book, Love as a Way of Life, and so incredibly true. The speech I gave in this video you are about to watch was based on my journey to become a counselor, as well as the seven keys to transforming your life, from Love as a Way of Life.

The following speech was shared at the Mending Souls Conference in March 2017:

The seven characteristics I discuss include:

  • Kindness
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Courtesy
  • Humility
  • Generosity
  • Honesty

All of us need to work on these in our everyday lives, otherwise, what is the point of living, right? We are constantly striving to be better human beings and hopefully if you’re wise, a better partner.

So, as you ponder these characteristics, which ones are easiest for you and which ones are hardest for you? Whether you are in a relationship or single, it is good to begin to understand what you need to work on and what your strengths are.

For me personally, kindness and patience come easily. It’s forgiveness that can be hard, due to the things I have been through in my personal life, which most of us can struggle with at different points in our lives. I hope that as you watch this video clip from a speech I gave at a conference called, “Mending Souls,” you will take away some hope and information that will help you in your everyday lives.  God bless whomever is reading this and watching my video, thanks for taking the time to better yourself!

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Jessica Berg, MA, LMHC

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How Individual Counseling, Eating Healthy, and Exercise Can Change Your Life

Posted February 28th, 2017 in Featured, Individual Counseling, Men's Issues, Personal Development, Women's Issue

You would be amazed by the way in which eating the right foods and getting the proper amount of exercise per day will positively affect your mental […]


Why do People Develop Eating Disorders?

Posted October 27th, 2016 in Eating Disorders, Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

When they find out that I counsel people with eating disorders, many people ask me the same question: “Why don’t they like food?” Or, “I […]

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Facing Life’s Transitions

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to […]

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6 Steps to Adapting to Change

Posted March 8th, 2016 in Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

Transitions can be exciting: A move to another country, a job with more responsibility, the birth of a child, marriage to someone you love, a […]

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Stronger Self-Esteem Through Vulnerability

Posted December 23rd, 2015 in Anxiety, Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

References Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, LMSW The idea of […]

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What is Forgiveness?

Posted December 15th, 2015 in Couples Counseling, Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

Article 3-A of a Forgiveness Section of the Positive Psychology Series In my previous articles in this series on forgiveness, I presented the scientific confirmation […]

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A Guide to the Best Personal Development Books

Posted December 10th, 2015 in Codependency, Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development

A Christian Counselor’s Recommendations Personal development is a popular topic in our society. While most folks shop online for the latest book releases, there is […]

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Finding a Therapist – 10 Questions You Should Ask

Posted November 30th, 2015 in Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development, Relationship Issues

From time to time, everyone can benefit from talking with a therapist. Life offers many opportunities for growth and change, along with challenges, disappointments, and […]

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Seven Signs You Are in an Abusive Relationship

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in Featured, Personal Development, Relationship Issues, Women's Issue

References The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D If you place a frog in a pot of room temperature water, […]