Discover the Tools to Help You BLOOM!

Courage to Bloom offers attractive, captivating, and effective tools to enhance therapeutic and self-help work. You’ll find handouts, kinesthetic and visual tools, and fresh ideas to creatively enliven your work and growth. Have a look around, take home some treasures.

Things to Know Before You Say “Go” deck and book

Things to Know Relationship Help Deck

“These cards are great. A most illuminating way to vet out any relationship.” Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

The Things to Know Before You Say “Go” card deck is a powerful tool for exploring relationships. Answer any of the 76 questions to get clarity about your values, desires, and expectations for partnership. Discover how much you know and don’t know about your romantic interest. Get clarity about your expectations for future or current relationships. See why your past relationships have fallen short of your hopes. The cards invite personal contemplation and reflection and also create a means for deep dialogue with others. No matter how they are sorted, explored, or discussed, these cards are sure to lead you to new knowledge about yourself and your relationships. See for yourself, flip through these samples.

Check out the wonderful reviews of the Things to Know Before You Say “Go” card deck!

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How to Spot a Bully

How to Spot a Bully is a card deck tool for individuals, students and professionals to identify, evaluate and resolve bullying behavior. Bullying is aserious issue in schools, communities, even workplaces.

These 26 Questions (with thoughtful – and thought-provoking sub-questions) and 26 Solutions help get to the heart of the issues surrounding bullying. The cards provide a fun and engaging set of questions to foster dialogue and solutions to initiate resolution to both common and unusual bullying scenarios. 
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Let Our Interns Assist You!

Courage to Bloom will be training and supporting two interns in the new year. These energetic interns will be offering:

1) Presentations

The interns are ready to provide FREE presentations to schools, community centers, churches, and clinics, in the Portland metropolitan area, each lasting from 1 – 2 hours. They are interested in presenting on any of the following topics:

  • Bully Prevention
  • Identifying and Creating Healthy Relationships
  • Effective Psycho-Educational Tools

You get a FREE presentation and the interns get to build their skills in teaching and training. It’s a win-win! Please call contact Courage to Bloom to schedule your FREE presentation today.

2) Short Term Discussion Groups

To further their skill development in counseling, the interns will offer several 4 weeks group discussions in the Portland area. These are groups designed to help the community while allowing the interns to sharpen their skills. The planned groups include:

If you would like to participate in any of these groups, or know someone that might, please contact us.


  • Are you a professional, wanting to find new ways to use the cards in your practice?
  • Would you like to know how to use the cards as a playful, engaging and easy to use practice building tool?

Get the Professional Guide to using the Things to Know Before You Say “Go” card deck absolutely FREE. Click here to find out more.

The Things to Know Before You Say “Go” Activity Book with 30 classroom activities is now available. This book expands the material for group and classroom settings. The activities integrate the questions with games, group discussions, brainstorming, and individual exercises. A FREE sample of two of the lessons is available, just ask.

The Questions App

The Questions App for iPhoneThe Questions App is available now on iTunes!

The Questions app guides you through 76 powerful questions for exploring your romance.

Score each question as positive, negative, or “unsure”. When you’re stumped or want to know more, flip the card over to find a list of extended questions that will help you further explore the issue further. You can flag areas of concern, write a personal note to yourself, and stop a session at any point. In the end you can review your scores to see how many positive vs. negative answers you had and how many times you were unsure- highlighting which issues need further exploration. You can save your sessions and compare your past answers with your current ones. You can score multiple relationships to see who stacks up the best and email your results to your friends for their comments.

The Questions App is a must have for anyone who wants to go deeper with a friend, lover, or partner. Use it to refine your priorities and to discover the truth about the love you’ve been seeking.

Open Your Heart To Love with The Questions

Take a look at The Questions App in use:

Making Connections

Courage to Bloom is making connections in our community, whether online or in the non-virtual world. If you’d like to keep up with the latest in tools, products, lectures, and tips about Tools to Bloom, you can sign up for our newsletter, follow the blog or find us on Twitter and Facebook. We hope you will join the dialogue as it evolves.

Grow with Courage to Bloom

Courage to Bloom will give you ideas, tools and products to help you make your therapy or coaching practice blossom into its fullest potential. The tools you will find here at Courage to Bloom are engaging and powerful. These will allow your clients to feel enticed and playfully invested in acquiring new awareness, knowledge, and skills. If you are a psychotherapist or professional coach, looking for tools to enhance your practice and help bring about change in your clients, this site will give you many rich and effective ideas for expanding your transformational work.

Learn more about Dr. Martindale and Courage To Bloom if you are curious about what we have to offer.

Remind yourself of just how natural it is to bloom and unfold by watching this video of flowers unfurling.

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