How Conflict is Change Trying to Happen, Internal Family Systems and Meeting Vulnerability with Vulnerability with Rick Hupp

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Rick Hupp is an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, specializing in helping people heal from trauma and build better relationships. If your life ever feels like a broken puzzle with a few missing pieces, we’ll talk about how you can put it back together today.

In our conversation, we’ll explore a few big questions: why do so many guys struggle to create peaceful, loving relationships? How does our past factor into our present relationships and “Internal Family Systems”? And how can we manage conflict, triggers, and resentment in better and healthier ways for our families.

Rick shares some practical tools for easing tension in relationships and choosing our partners in ways that aren’t just repeating the same old patterns. We’ll talk about meeting vulnerability with more vulnerability when we’d typically release our anger on our partners and create guilt and shame instead of repairing and resolving our issues.

A Wide-Ranging Conversation Through…

  • The relationship is in the repair
  • Anger is the last stop for hope & love
  • Managing intergenerational trauma
  • Diplomacy with Internal Family Systems
  • The stories we make up and tell ourselves
  • Presenting your needs in a vulnerable ways
  • Conflict is change trying to happen
  • Meet vulnerability with vulnerability
  • Is your relationship quid pro quo?
  • Being in a state of power vs. connection
“Inevitably conflict will come up and how you manage that conflict and what you get out of that conflict in terms of connection and results and agreements makes all the difference between moving forward in a relationship and staying… Click To Tweet “Conflict is change trying to happen.” - Rick Hupp Click To Tweet “You can’t expect unconditional love. You’re an adult, not a child.” - Rick Hupp Click To Tweet


Rick Hupp Bio

Rick, an experienced marriage and family therapist, operates a successful practice in Los Angeles with his spouse, Marty Simpson, who is also in the same field. Rick’s career in counseling psychology started when he earned his Master of Science degree in 2010. His expertise lies in healing trauma and helping couples recover from relationship crises, with a particular emphasis on addressing high-conflict situations, sex addiction, and infidelity.

Rick spent five impactful years at the Center for Healthy Sex, exploring the complex interplay between intimacy and how developmental trauma affects relationships. As a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT), Rick offers a unique insight into the treatment of compulsive sexual behaviors. He utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches, such as Somatic Experience Practice and advanced PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) therapy, drawing heavily on Stan Tatkin’s methods. His training in Relational Life Therapy (RLT) with Terry Real has further equipped him with effective, relationship-affirming techniques.

Rick is also skilled in EMDR, Neurofeedback, and the Internal Family Systems model, showing his commitment to ongoing professional development.

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