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My girlfriend wants to stop being critical but doesn't know how

My girlfriend and I have been dating for about 11 months, and during this time we have a history of problems but we always pulled through together. Recently we finally started not arguing whatsoever and were happy, however she found herself getting angry and sarcastic with me much faster than before, but not as frequently. She knows shes doing this, and she cant stop it, but she wants to. During a walk we took she yelled and snapped at me, while I kept trying to make peace, and later on she apologized and told me she was thinking to herself "Ok -her name-, stop... Why arent you stopping?" She cant control it and she called out to me for help by asking me to tell her to stop snapping at me when she does it. Well we all know that makes people madder. How can I help her? What ideas can I give her to help herself? We thought of professional help, but she and I want to see if we can fix it ourselves before we take that step. Please help me, we need this help badly.

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