Tina Tessina

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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

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...
Dear Dr. Romance: Almost all of my friends have boyfriends, (we're 22, turning 23) and I don't. I never have. I feel really alone during...
I have written before about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health...
Dear Dr. Romance: I know I feel strongly about a certain someone. Do I surprise her with a gift or e-mail her with my recent feelings through a...
Dear Dr. Romance: [My roommates] are loud, they're drunk, they keep me up or wake me up at night. What can I do? Dr. Romance Responds: The best...
Despite the occasional temporary setback, my life is good, and I’m grateful. It wasn’t always that way, however. At eighteen, just after...
Dear Dr. Romance: What to say in this situation? Okay, so there’s this girl in my art class that I really want to talk to and get to know!...
Ah, love! What rapturous, torturous words have been set down to try and capture the essence of love? Those clever Greeks, who invented the Olympics,...
Dear Dr Romance:   I recently met a divorced Russian woman with her teenage old son while on vacation; we spent a lot of time together. I...
(To see the accompanying video, click here.)   Often, the same quirks, reactions and behaviors that create problems between you and the...
In my counseling office, I see a lot of damage done because people don’t know how to ask for what they want, or don’t think it’s OK...
Dear Dr. Romance:   I met this guy through a phone call, but he contacted or got my profile through a friend of mine and he is...
Dear Dr. Romance:   What  is more important in a relationship: being balanced or compatible?   Dear Reader:...
In my clinical experience, I’ve encountered many clients who are afraid to admit they’re wrong. This comes from a culture of blaming and...
Dear Dr. Romance:   OK, so I am nineteen and am kinda falling for a guy who is twenty years old than me. I am not asking your opinion on if it...

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