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Counseling: Family Relationships

Counseling: Family Relationships

I created this presentation on Family Relationships in response to a special request I received via email. I’ll share it anonymously here because I was so honored by the interest in my work:

 Dear Ms. Carlile

 I am a Family Counseling, MA student and have seen almost all of your videos on YouTube.

 I have a seminar about “The Protocol for the Relationship of Partners with Their Family of Origin.”

 I am from Iran, the most prejudiced country of all times.

What I am asking for is a lecture by you (to record a video like the one you have on Youtube) on the topic of relationship protocols with the family of origin, so that I can use it as a reference for my seminar. I have asked you for help since you have quite an all-inclusive knowledge and experience on the topic of marriage and its dynamics.

I replied:

Thank you for the time you have spent watching my videos. I am interested in creating a video for your topic. Can you give me more details about it, please?

Dear Ms. Heather Carlile

Thank you so much for replying to the mail. I have a presentation for this semester about “Family of Origin Issues,” issues regarding both partners’ background and the influence it puts on their life. … I had references, but having seen your vids and the dexterity and fluency you practice during your lectures, and that is for sure the same with your therapy and dealing with couples issues too, it came to my mind to ask for a similar therapeutic protocol to be presented in the class and this way they meet their goal through a practical and applicable source of knowledge.

I wonder if I have explained what I meant clearly, please let me know.

Faithfully yours and many many thanks in advance for your help.

I am honored to help. And, now, I share the information with those of you who visit my website or my You Tube Channel. You can go to my web page for access to the supporting documents at this address:

Family Relationships

I hope this is useful. If you have any comments or questions, I am, as always interested in hearing from you.

Happy Holidays,



One Comment

  1. This question came in:

    Hi, Heather –
    The video that you posted today includes a wealth of information. Thank you so much for sharing!

    In the “Family Relationships” video, you mention the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are the same or better than you. I completely agree.
    Do you have a resource that you can recommend where I can get more details about the importance of that?

    My husband surrounds himself with people that are “less” than him regarding goals, values, success. I would like a respectable resource to use in communicating with him about this topic.
    Much appreciated,

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