When you think of destructive relationships, what comes to mind? Is it different than abusive relationships? Most people think of some kind of physical, verbal, or sexual abuse. However, there are many other harmful relational patterns that are not necessarily recognized as “abusive.” This session will help you see more clearly what’s wrong in relationships that hurt you and help you decide if you have the power to change them. For example, if your spouse complains all the time about how you are “lazy” instead of understanding your illness, where do you go from here?
You’ll learn to identify the underlying heart issues at work in these relationships and Be empowered to respond to problems in a biblical, life-giving way. You will learn to say “No “ without feeling guilty. Take a positive step toward building healthy relationships in your life and avoid those abusive relationships.
About Leslie Vernick
Leslie Vernick is a popular speaker, author, licensed clinical social worker and life coach with a private counseling practice in Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families heal, rebuild or grow their relationships. Whether counseling, speaking or writing, Leslie gently leads people to make real changes in their lives. She loves helping people learn to:
- Confidently speak thoughts and feelings in a constructive way.
- Encounter God’s peace and presence in the midst of suffering or difficult loss.
- Develop the discipline to turn dreams and desires into reality
Leslie is the author of six books, including the best selling, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and her most recent Lord, I Just Want to be Happy.
Leslie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Network, a Christian mental health outreach ministry and Beneath His Wings, A Christian outreach for women needing shelter from abusive relationships. She has had the unique privilege to teach in Iraq, Russia, Romania, Hungary, and the Philippines. She is also featured in three of the American Association of Christian Counselor video teaching series including ExtraOrdinary Women and Marriage Works.
Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married for over 34 years and they have two adult children and she loves being a new grandmother.
Some of Leslie’s books: The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It, How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, and her most recent Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy.