Dr. Tina Tessina - Author, Counselor/Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Relationship Coach - Long Beach, CA
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Dr. Tina Tessina (LMFT,MFT,PhD)


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.

The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

I am grateful for the lessons of my life. Perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned is that a meaningful life is about growing your soul, and it happens slowly, in the process of engaging life.

My own soul was battered early, when all the closest people in family died during my teenage years, and I was left alone, terrified, without money, education or an idea of what to do. I just stumbled through the days, months and years, too afraid to feel what I feared was inside me, grasping at the wrong lifelines, and clinging to the wrong people until, divorced, bereft, suicidal, and single, at age 27, I entered therapy and began to develop my soul is through exploring my feelings. It would save my life, and be the basis for a personal renaissance. As I searched for meaning and purpose, I began to understand I’d been put on Earth to learn and grow, and to use what I’d learned in the process of healing myself to help others. Forty years later, I find that sense of purpose is still serving me well, and has been the source of many blessings.

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Articles by Dr. Tina Tessina
Man With Flowers For Date

What To Do When You (Literally) Can't Afford To Be Let Down Again

He is saying he loves you, but he's not acting like it. Actions speak louder than words!

married couple

Shared Laughter Is The Best Relationship Medicine

Focus on the fun. Everything else will work itself out.

Sand Heart

Overcome Your Anxiety In 8 Simple Steps!

We are all in a time of high stress, and national disasters often bring up fear. If these fears are


Afraid To Reenter The Dating Game? Refine Your Strategy!

I think you need to trust yourself more about relationships.


Are You Dating A Man You Will Never Meet?

Are you paying attention to the red flags?

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Love Styles: How To Celebrate Your Differences
Lovers Come with Differences -- different ...
By Dr Tina B Tessina Ph.D.
Equal Partners: How to Build a Lasting Relationship (Inner Workbooks)
This is the first book in the "Inner ...
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Love Styles How to Celebrate Your Differences
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By Tina B. Tessina
The Real 13th Step : Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance, and Independence Beyond the 12-Step Programs
Tina Tessina asserts that, despite the ...
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True Partners (An Inner Workbook)
This exciting workbook, based on the authors' ...
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The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again
The Commuter Marriage: Keep Your Relationship Close While You're Far Apart
Long-distance relationships can be difficult. ...
By Tina B Tessina
Gay Relationships
Here is a step-by-step guide to making ...
By Tina B. Tessina
LoveStyles - How to Celebrate Your Differences
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By Tina Tessina
The Ten Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After Forty
Dr. Tina Tessina helps women walk confidently ...
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How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free: Third Edition
The 10 Smartest Decisions a WOMAN Can Make Before 40
Money, Sex, and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage
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By Tina Tessina
It Ends with You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction

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