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Andrea Publishes Article in Church Growth Magazine on How to Deal with Toxic Relationships

I had the privilege of being published in Church Growth Magazine with my article 5 Steps to Dealing With Toxic Relationships: Guarding Your Heart as You Minister to Needs. Below are excerpts from the article:

Wounded people have adopted a learned helplessness attitude and lifestyle. Learned helplessness occurs when a person convinces himself/herself that he/she does not have the ability to change. The person develops a victim mentality.”

“Give yourself the same care, time, and attention you have given to the person you sought to help. There has been too much focus on taking care of the other person while you are suffering. It is not a mutual relationship.”

“Perhaps you feel responsible for this person, and you carry his/her burdens. Feeling responsible for another person is a major signal that you are investing into a toxic relationship. These responsibilities may be financial, spiritual, social, mental, physical, or relational. Beware of the person’s attempt to use you for your kindness and take advantage of your generosity.”

Read the article HERE

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Andrea Anderson Polk is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, registered supervisor, and professional coach.  She has a private practice located in Northern Virginia and has over a decade of clinical experience helping hundreds of clients on their healing journey. 


Andrea is the author of The Cuckoo Syndrome: The Secret to Breaking Free from Unhealthy Relationships, Toxic Thinking, and Self-Sabotaging Behavior which weaves together her story with scripture, science, and psychology. 

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