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Expert Psychotherapist writes on Smart Decisions for Women, Dating Advice, Recovery, Growing Out of Dysfunction, and Relationships


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.



“I love your books. I always kind of shied away from self help books as I was embarassed to think that I could not solve problems myself. Then I picked up your books and realized just how self efficent I really can be. You have changed my life in so many ways and I canot thank you enough for becoming a writer.” —Amanda, Biloxi MS

“I cannot thank you enough for the books you have written. We are just now going through a sensitive and delicate time with our daughter and one of your books is helping all of us cope and understand. You are keeping us all on the same page and that is something I will forever be grateful for.” Laura, Westwego,La


Birth Place: Palisades Park, NJ USA


Member American Society of Journalists and Authors; McNaughton Selection Designee;

Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California (MFT 13629) Member National Writers Union



The Ten Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make AFTER Forty by Tina B Tessina
"At last, a book for 40+ women that does not focus on growing old gracefully, but on finishing the process of growing up, finally becoming a fully actualized adult. The suggestions Tina Tessina offers for creating a more fulfilling life particularly speak to the modern, mature woman." -- Isadora Alman, syndicated "Ask Isadora" columnist and author....

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Money, Sex and Kids: by Tina B Tessina
Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage! "With a Ph.D., eight books, and 30 years of counseling experience under her belt, [Redbook Love Expert] Tina [Tessina] has a lot to say about the everydays of life and love." --Redbook.ivillage.com. Have a workable,satisfying relationship without arguing or fighting. ...

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The Commuter Marriage: Keep Your Relationship Close While You’re Far Apart by Tina B Tessina
Your marriage vows may have said, “'til death do us part” but no one said anything about what happens when career, circumstances, or a child or family member with a problem makes it necessary for you to part, and you want to maintain the closeness in your relationship. Being married at a distance is not as unusual as you may think. More and more couples are being separated by work, money and fami...

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It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction by Tina B Tessina
Each of us receives a legacy from childhood and family experience, which becomes a powerful influence, and about which we have no choice. It Ends With You shows you how to uncover your hidden legacy, change whatever is problematic, and create personal power over your own life. This book examines not just the statistics that show that children of divorce can't keep their own marriages together...

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The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again by Tina B Tessina
The inside scoop on getting back into the dating scene. Unbiased, no-nonsense advice on making dating fun, safe and successful. All the facts you need to take control of your dating life, no matter your age or experience. Special advice for single parents, online dating, sexual safety....

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The Real Thirteenth Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance and Independence Beyond the Twelve Step Programs by Tina B Tessina
“A well written, important book that provides an invaluable corrective to the dependency orientation of the recovery movement. It lucidly points the way to the next step: the cultivation of independence and personal autonomy. Imperative reading for every graduate of the twelve-steps.” -- Nathaniel Brandon, PhD Psychologist and author of Honoring the Self ...

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How To Be a Couple and Still Be Free by Tina B Tessina
“Being a couple yet free is our next challenge on the evolutionary ladder. This book successfully helps us unravel the myths that block that achievement. It does it with warmth, with readability, and with balance. It recreates everyday problems and paints the path to their solution” – Warren Farrell, PhD Author of Why Men Are the Way They Are. “Full of useful suggestions, the most impo...

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The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 by Tina B Tessina
"One of the best books for women that I have read. It takes desires and dreams and shows you a step-by-step practical way to achieve them. For any woman who wants to do more than talk about changing her life, a road map to her goal." Sonya Friedman, Ph.D. "Sonya Live" on CNN Why do some women seem as if they have it all together? Because they do. Do you? Or do you frequently se...

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Eternal Dance - Christmas 2005
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Happy Holidays to all! A Christmas song lyric by Tina Tessina music by Ron Creager...


Dear Dr. Romance: I am very confused and disillusioned
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The older you are, the less online sites will work for you, and they don't work that great to begin with....

Dear Dr. Romance: I am very confused and disillusioned
 by Tina B Tessina
The older you are, the less online sites will work for you, and they don't work that great to begin with....

Dear Dr. Romance: Everyone Thinks all truck drivers are perverts
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Dr. Romance gives advice to as truck driver who needs help meeting people....

Dear Dr. Romance: Everyone Thinks all truck drivers are perverts
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Dr. Romance gives advice to as truck driver who needs help meeting people....

Dr. Romance: You Are a Gift
 by Tina B Tessina
Each of us is individual, special and different for a reason: You are a gift to the planet....

Dear Dr. Romance: Everyone has been trying to reunite me with my exes.
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Dr. Romance answers questions from a reader with friends who are overly helpful in their romantic life....

Guidelines for Being Better Understood
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Dr. Romance's guidelines for being understood by your partner....

Dr. Romance on The Worrier’s Guidelines: simple steps to combat worry
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Often, it seems that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that must be done ...

Dear Dr. Romance: I'm in my late 40s and feeling very unhopeful about my fu
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Dr. Romance on how to handle a bad breakup ...

Getting Out of Your Way
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Getting in your own way is all about how you relate your yourself....

Dear Dr. Romance: I feel like such a damned freak.
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Dr. Romance helps a reader to get the dance started....

Dr. Romance on How to Write a Love Letter: put your relationship in perspec
 by Tina B Tessina
If your connection, or lack of one, with someone is troubling you, here’s a simple way to ease your mind and your heart....

Couples Can Cooperate for Success
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Dr. Romance on couples and cooperation...

Dear Dr. Romance: is it natural for a man to masturbate?
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There is nothing wrong with masturbation. What seems to be wrong is that you have too much time for it ...

Surviving Loss and Thriving Again
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Any time we love, we are risking the loss of that love. ...

Dr. Romance on Silver and Gold: secrets to making and keeping friends
 by Tina B Tessina
in our mobile society, keeping friends is not always possible...

Dear Dr. Romance: I feel terrible about not keeping the promises I made
 by Tina B Tessina
Dr. Romance answers a reader who writes about broken promises and the problems they cause. ...

Dear Dr. Romance: My girlfriend doesn't think she can handle this relations
 by Tina B Tessina
Women rarely say things straight out, as men do. Instead, they take the polite, circutuous route and hint about what's bothering them....

Getting Along With Each Other
 by Tina B Tessina
Dr. Romance writes about getting along in the middle of conflict. ...

Dr. Romance on: It's a Dirty Job: Use the Silly Solution for a Healthy Rela
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Hectic lives benefit greatly from a sense of humor. ...

When Love is Kind: Mutuality in Relationships
 by Tina B Tessina
Many people ask me, “How will I know if I'm in love?” Answer: Anyone who's in love usually knows it...

Dear Dr. Romance: What I fear has happened the second time round
 by Tina B Tessina
Grief tends to pile up. The best thing you can do is allow yourself to grieve. ...

Dear Dr. Romance: Are there dating guidelines for single parents?
 by Tina B Tessina
Dr. Romance advises a counselor on if a child should be aware of their parent is dating. ...

Resolving Inner Anarchy
 by Tina B Tessina
When your feelings and thoughts are out of control and take over your thinking process, you can be gripped by inner anarchy. ...

Dear Dr. Romance: It seems to be going in a circle.
 by Tina B Tessina
It sounds like nothing is changing in your relationship, so please understand that nothing is likely to change....


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