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Relationship is complicated - some advice

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been a crisis counselor for over 16 years. I know from time to time people struggle with daily life events and everyone can use a little help, guidance and support. I approach every situation with a non judgmental and empathetic view. Working together can bring you resolution,comfort and stability.

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Elizabeth7: My bf of 6 years and I are splitting up. It hurts and I cant seem to get off the couch. Im afraid of being alone, my family are on the opposite coast, my finances are about to get very dicey, I dont have any close friends nearby and... I just feel lost.
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Laura Altieri-Howell, LCSW (therapist): Elizabeth7: I like to think its never too late if you both want the same thing of making it work. Did you say to him what you just expressed?
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Elizabeth7: Yes. I wish I had said it before things got to this point. He says we need time apart. That I need it too even if I dont see it. I actually do see it. But that doesnt make it easier, or hurt any less.
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Laura Altieri-Howell, LCSW (therapist): Elizabeth7: maybe it needed to get to this point for you to see what the issues were. It sounds like some time apart could be beneficial to step back and to re-evaluate your thoughts and feelings. I am sure it hurts a lot and you are feeling that sense of loss and emptiness. Do you, think it would be helpful for you to have some extra support right read more
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