Stop Overthinking Your Relationship

Stop Overthinking Your Relationship

Break the Cycle of Anxious Rumination to Nurture Love, Trust, and Connection with Your Partner

Alicia Muñoz


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It’s time to stop overthinking your relationship! The four-step approach in this book will help you move beyond excessive rumination, so you can rediscover joy, ease, and meaningful connection with your partner.

Rumination—obsessive thinking about an idea, situation, or choice that can interfere with normal life—is a common and destructive issue that can negatively impact romantic relationships, whether you’re just starting out or have been in a committed relationship for years. If you overthink your relationship and get stuck in cycles of anxiety, blame, or doubt, your negative thinking and judgments about your partner may be unfounded, unwanted, and may even threaten to tear apart an otherwise healthy relationship. You may feel anxious, worried, hopeless, and frustrated, but even if you know your overthinking is a problem, it can be seriously hard to stop.

In Stop Overthinking Your Relationship, certified couples therapist Alicia Muñoz draws from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to offer an effective, four-step approach to reduce rumination and change negative thinking patterns. By understanding both your own unique attachment style—as well as your partner’s—you’ll learn how to communicate more effectively, meet each other’s needs, and focus on what really matters in your relationship.

Using the SLOW approach, you’ll learn how to:

  • See rumination in process
  • Label your rumination cycle
  • Open yourself and make space
  • Welcome blocked experiences

This powerful blend of evidence-based psychology and practical guidance will help you overcome the unwanted thoughts and rumination that get in the way of trust and authenticity in your relationship. The book also includes individual and shared exercises, so you can “choose your own adventure” by working with the techniques alone, with your partner, or using a combination of both.

By practicing the exercises in this user-friendly book, you’ll learn how to stop overthinking your relationship and discover a newfound sense of security, confidence, and wholeness—both as an individual and as part of a couple.


Alicia Muñoz:
Alicia Muñoz, LPC, is a certified couples therapist, and author of three relationship books. Over the past fifteen years, she has provided individual, group, and couples therapy in clinical settings, including Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY. Muñoz currently works as a couples counselor in private practice. She connects with her readers and followers through monthly blogs, newsletters, podcasts, and radio shows, as well as through Instagram at @aliciamunozcouples, and Facebook and Twitter at @aliciamunozlpc. Muñoz is a member of the Washington School of Psychiatry, the American Psychological Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Imago and Relationship Therapists. She is also an expert contributor to Psychotherapy Networker,, and other print and online magazines. You can learn more about her at