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Communication with Dr. Tina Tessina


“Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.” ― Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

Brigitte Jia hosts a fascinating episode of Express Yourself focusing on the benefits of communication and the best way to become a better communicator. Courtney Cheng’s chapter, The Gift of Communication from the forthcoming book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers by Cynthia Brian sheds light on the challenges communicating via text, email, and other tech sources can be, especially when navigating relationships. Dr. Tina Tessina, author of numerous books plus the 4th edition of How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free, joins Brigitte for a lively discussion on how to create open and honest communications with others by first knowing exactly what you want out of every experience. Dr. Tessina encourages couples to work together to create a loving, sustainable, healthy, and equal partnership to be treasured. Brigitte ends the hour by offering tips on staying in touch with friends from school during breaks or after graduating through establishing connection networks, both social media and closed platforms. Most of all, she advises, cherish the face to face time and be real!

Author Bio: Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. ( is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 40 years’ experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 14 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Ten Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After Forty; Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences, The Real 13th Step , How to Be Happy Partners: Working it Out Together and How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free. She writes the “Dr. Romance” blog (, and the “Happiness Tips from Tina” email newsletter. Online, she’s known as “Dr. Romance” Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, TV, video and podcasts. She tweets @tinatessina


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