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Tina Tessina

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again; Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences. She writes the “Dr. Romance” blog, and the “Happiness Tips from Tina” email newsletter. Dr. Tessina, is CRO (Chief Romance Officer) for LoveForever.com, a website designed to strengthen relationships and guide couples through the various stages of their relationship with personalized tips, courses, and online couples counseling. Online, she’s known as “Dr. Romance” Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, and such TV shows as “Oprah”, “Larry King Live” and ABC News.

Stories by Tina Tessina

Many of my clients come in with complaints about personal habits that feel toxic in their lives. Just as you can detox your body when you’re...
As a single parent, you probably have so little free time that dating seems an impossible task. Yet, single parents are dating in unprecedented...
(Watch the video here.) When you hit your teens you and your mom had a bad time, and you still are. Maybe she's not the mother you always...
Dear Dr. Romance: What is wrong with me? Angry, sad, blah? It's 5 am and I'm still awake. I'm 29, single (I don't mind), I go to...
(To view the video, click here.) You and your new spouse are over the moon about having a baby, but the children from your previous marriage are...
Many years ago, an Edwin Markham poem inspired me, and I’ve tried to live by it "Outwitted" by Edwin Markham He drew a circle...
No one likes to be criticized, fairly or not. It’s always difficult to deal with, and it can hurt. Because I’m a writer of books and...
We’ve heard a lot about hope recently, but one thing was not said. Hope is scary. Anyone who dares to hope runs the risk of disappointment and...
When life hands me a very difficult time, and I feel defeated and overwhelmed, I enter a hopeless and helpless state of mind I think of as The Little...
As life develops, many of us have an urge to focus on the deeper issues—our dreams and goals, and our emotional and spiritual development. When...
I have written before about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health...
Despite the occasional temporary setback, my life is good, and I’m grateful. It wasn’t always that way, however. At eighteen, just after...
Dr. Romance’s four tips to smoother step-parenting:   1. Give your blended family a chance to bond. Don’t worry if everyone doesn...
Dr. Romance writes: On Dec. 12, the world lost Rev. Denton Roberts, the person who taught me everything I know about therapy and just happened to...
Dr. Romance writes: This is often called the Season of Peace, as in “Peace on Earth; Good Will to Men.” Yet there is so much unrest in...

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