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The Loving Roots Project founder, psychologist, and relationship coach, Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt has been featured in several media publications.


It’s Important To Maintain And Nourish Relationships With Family Members Who Are Champions For Mental Wellness

Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt

Thrive Global

The thing that we can change is ourselves. We can change our outlook, our mindset, our perspective, our boundaries, our self-care, who we surround ourselves with and ultimately our own happiness. When people are struggling with mental health issues, it can feel very alone and as though it will never get better. I had the pleasure of interviewing, Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt the owner of the Loving Roots Project ….


Although it shouldn't always be expected, it's nice to be recognized by your partner for the things you do for them. In a healthy and balanced partnership, both you and your partner should feel like you're getting just as much as you give. If not, it can leave you feeling like you're being taken for granted. 

"Taking a partner for granted means that one feels they are under-appreciated, undervalued, or that they are working harder in the relationship than their significant other," clinical psychologist, Shelley Sommerfeldt, Psy.D., tells Bustle. 


If you're in a long-term relationship, it's possible there will be moments when it feels like your partner is falling out of love, growing distant, or pulling away. And to some degree, that's completely natural. All relationships have high points and low points. But if you keep communicating, it's possible to get through to them and come out the other side healthier than ever.

If your partner seems distant, start by asking about their life in general. "Ask about your partner’s day, how their work is going, or something pertaining to their hobbies or interests," clinical psychologist and wellness coach, Shelley Sommerfeldt, PsyD, tells Bustle.

80 Relationship Experts Reveal How Interracial Couples Can Face Challenges

Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt, Interracial Dating

Interracial Dating Central

As we know from our current political and social climate, racism is alive and well in this country and unfortunately, this is also true amongst family members and relatives. The viewpoints of others and difficulties that interracial couples face are very challenging.

Here are some examples of the reasons behind many challenges and some tips to handle the situation:

Reasons Behind Challenges:

- People may hold preconceived notions about one person due to their beliefs, views, and stereotypes about entire races and cultures.

Authority magazine

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Sommerfeldt, Psy.D., a Clinical Psychologist and the owner of the Loving Roots Project. Dr. Sommerfeldt founded the Loving Roots Project, an online coaching practice, with the mission of providing inspirational and motivational content as a way to promote positive mental health and wellness.

Prior to this, Dr. Sommerfeldt spent many years working with high risk and underserved populations as well as a small group private practice focusing on couples and relationship-related issues.


Self-esteem can be very challenging and when we are lacking in confidence, it can feel impossible to change that.

It is also very difficult in relationships because people can project their own insecurities onto their partner or take out their frustrations and lack of confidence on others.

So working toward building your self-esteem is essential. It is also important to remember that your self-esteem is not the responsibility of your partner or of the relationship.

We should not rely on our partner’s feedback and viewpoints to help validate and build our own self-esteem.