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David Aretha, award-winning author

"I've been married for 28 years and thought I knew everything about relationships. While reading STRONG, I realized how wrong I was!
Yes, I knew the basics—the need for communication and treating your partner with respect and daily kindness—but the author helps us understand relationships on a granular level and offers myriad strategies for improvement. Did you ever think you 'knew' football but then listened to an NFL coach break down the Xs and Os and you realized how much you didn't know?
This book is kind of like that. It's also a fun and easy read."


Kristal DeSantis is a Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinically Certified Trauma Professional, Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional, and a State of Texas approved Premarital Education Provider. She is the creator of The STRONG model of Relational Therapy.

Her specialties include: Couples’ Therapy (including sexual desire discrepancy/ out of control sexual behaviors/recovery from infidelity), EMDR for trauma and PTSD recovery, PREPARE/Enrich Premarital Counseling, Conflict and Communication skill-building for high conflict couples, Emotional regulation and healing from attachment trauma. Her passion populations are high performing/self-identified hyper-masculine men and those who love them.

S.T.R.O.N.G.: A Relationship Field Guide for the Modern Man is her first book

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