About Confidently Authentic

Relationship and Love Blog

When I was struggling with toxic relationship patterns, I often turned to blogs on relationships and love for help. However, I sometimes felt more confused with some of the advice I read.

Over time, as I applied the concepts of mental health and healthy relationships from my work as a therapist though, I gained clarity. I realized that to have truly healthy relationships and experience the fullness of love and intimacy there are multiple things that are needed.

To accept, and receive, love in healthy ways we need to be able to:

I’m the author of 3 books on codependency and setting boundaries but I wanted to help more people. Blogs for relationships and love can help people grow immediately as they’re free and readily accessible. Therefore, I started this relationship and mental health blog to contribute to helping as many people as possible overcome unhelpful patterns in their life to attract, and maintain, the loving relationship they have always deserved!

About Krystal Mazzola Wood, m.Ed, LMFT

Relationship therapist & author

Krystal Mazzola Wood is a licensed marriage and family therapist. For over a decade, she has helped clients heal their relationships with others and themselves. She currently sees clients at her private practice, The Healthy Relationship Foundation. Her clinical experience and expertise led her to write her two best-selling books, The Codependency Recovery Plan: A 5 Step Guide to Understand, Accept and Break Free from the Codependent Cycle and The Codependency Workbook: Simple Practices for Developing and Maintaining Your Independence.

Her third book, Setting Boundaries: 100 Ways to Protect Yourself, Strengthen Your Relationships and Build the Life You Want Starting Now!, builds on the skills she teaches in her first books. This book provides a rare opportunity to practice identifying, setting and maintaining your boundaries in a variety of places including with work, family, and with a romantic partner.

Krystal is currently working on a workbook for toxic relationship recovery that will be released in late 2025.