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Couples Therapy

How To Tell If You're A Good Candidate For Couples Counselling

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.23.2016 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

If you were wondering if couples counseling would help you and your partner, and you hit at least two things on this list, try it.

The "Needy Woman"/Detached Guy Couple: It's Not What It Seems

Amy Begel | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
Amy Begel

It was hard to guage the state of Nora and Charles' relationship when they first sat down on the couch. ( An initial glimpse into a couple's energy often says a lot about where things are at). I hadn't seen them for several months due to traveling and other scheduling issues.

How My Selfie Stick Helped Me Feel Sexy

Pam Costa | Posted 08.31.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

As our workshop leader handed each of us a selfie stick, she acknowledged that all of us have body parts we don't like, and that it can be scary to look at ourselves through a camera lens, but that she had found incredible power and sexual energy in taking photographs of the things she did like about her body. And she wanted us to have the same experience.

Breaking Through Patterns Of Conflict In Relationships

Carmen Isáis | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Carmen Isáis

In a relationship or marriage, one key ingredient that keeps a couple together is the practice of resolving conflicts. Love goes far, but it only goes...

6 Reasons To Go To Couples Therapy, Even If Your Partner Won't

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 08.09.2016 | Divorce

As the name would suggest, couples therapy is intended for couples. But sometimes, only one partner is willing to go. “The resistant partner may fe...

A Wife Worries: 'We've Got A Lousy Sex Life'

Amy Begel | Posted 08.09.2016 | Weddings
Amy Begel

As a family therapist, I've seen many couples over the years whose presenting complaint revolves around sex. Usually it's because the sex is too infrequent, too lackluster, or at the male parter has some kind of sexual dysfunction. (I've only seen one case where the complaint was too much sex!)

The Case Of The Invisible Mom

Amy Begel | Posted 08.01.2016 | Women
Amy Begel

As a family therapist with many years of practice under my belt, I've had the occasion to see quite a few women -- and men -- who have lost their voice in their intimate relationship. Interestingly, sometimes this "invisibility" disguises itself as anger, and becomes hard to recognize.

Watch Matt Damon Totally Lose It During 'Couples Therapy'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment

Sometimes laughter is the only response to deal with the pain. We’re guessing that’s what’s happening here. Since he has a new Jason Bourne movi...

Do You And Your Spouse Both Drink? Why It Could Matter For Marital Bliss

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 07.21.2016 | Weddings

According to a new study, the couple that drinks together stays together. The findings, published in The Journals of Gerontology, suggests there may b...

A Woman Finds Her Voice and Loses Her Depression

Amy Begel | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Amy Begel

As a family and couples' therapist, I have the opportunity to work with many women who consider themselves depressed. Often these women see this as a purely personal struggle, believing they have a "chemical imbalance". They often feel burdened and alone, and responsible and/or guilty for their depression.

The Unexpected Lesson I Learned About Pleasuring My Husband

Pam Costa | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

What I really learned is that the absolute most effective way to turn on my partner is to be confident and enthusiastic. Seriously, this woman was so INTO what she was doing and so INTO her partner that it would still would have been hot if she was slathering his cock with peanut butter while reading him the federal tax code.

What A Couple On The Brink Of Divorce Looks Like

Amy Begel | Posted 06.15.2016 | Divorce
Amy Begel

One of the many pleasures of my family therapy practice is when family physician students come to my office to observe. As a long-time teacher in family medicine, I have the ongoing opportunity to share what I know about couple and family dynamics with these young family doctors-in-training.

5 Ways Babies Create Strain in a Marriage

Moshe Ratson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Moshe Ratson

The feeling that you get at the arrival of a little bundle of happiness in the family is indescribable. Whether they are grandparents, uncles and aunt...

What Your Girlfriend Wants You to Know

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Continuing in the "What Your ... Wants You to Know" series of Conversation Catalysts created to help stimulate you having positive and long overdue co...

3 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing a Relationship Therapist

Isiah McKimmie | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Isiah McKimmie

Last week I received an email from a new client. It read: "I saw your posts on Facebook a year ago, and I'm finally ready to come and see you..." I...

Stranger Role Play and Girl Boners

Pam Costa | Posted 05.16.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

Stepping out of the dark street and into the darker bar, I scoped out the scene. It was so weird going into a bar pretending to be a single woman. My stomach started to get butterflies as I looked at everything with new eyes. Where should I sit? What should I do?

How Partnering Deepens Your Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer Do you ever feel lonely in your relationship? Do you crave a deepened connection with your...

Why People Cheat

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Cheating is pervasive. I've seen it with clients over the years and it is a steady presence in the news cycle. We see it with professional athletes ...

The Question That Reveals if Divorce is Inevitable

Chris Maxwell Rose | Posted 04.28.2016 | Divorce
Chris Maxwell Rose

Let's face it: stress is one of the biggest enemies of the libido. By simultaneously slaying stress and cultivating the intimacy of affectionate touch, couples massage is a powerful technique for all couples - whether you are still deeply in love or on the brink of a divorce.

Millennials: Here's How Premarital Counseling Affects Your Future Children

Liz Higgins | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Liz Higgins

Why is it, then, that many young couples are still hesitant to engage in the premarital process? It is, after all, contributing to the longevity of your marriage, and to the mental and emotional health of your future children. It is, in my eyes, THE most important cause you could invest in.

What I Learned From my Summer of Masturbation

Pam Costa | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

Though we all learned pretty quickly that an orgasm a day was a tad too ambitious, we've all seen significant increases compared to last year and have been enjoying ourselves immensely. So while my 2015 "summer of masturbation" never materialized, I do have some early takeaways from my 2016 "year of orgasms."

Reasons for and Against Divorce

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 04.15.2016 | Divorce
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

There are some good arguments for couples staying together, and there are a number of reasons that make a strong argument for divorce. It might be a good idea to look at what are thought to be strong arguments for and against divorce.

Can Movie Night Replace Couples Therapy?

Ellen Huerta | Posted 04.11.2016 | Women
Ellen Huerta

A little while ago we shared research that found that couples who Netflix together stay together. But can the perks of therapy be had without leaving the loveseat? According to a University of Rochester study, yes.

A Woman Betrays Her Sex and Tells Men What We Really Think About!

PJVIncent | Posted 04.06.2016 | Women

Polish the gem of love and respect, in us and you'll earn a love as solid as a diamond and a warrior that will stand in the gap for you and with you all the days of your life.

5 Secrets Of Extraordinary Couples

Valerie Kolick, MA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Weddings
Valerie Kolick, MA

Solid couples adorn themselves, their family members and each other with kindness -- leaving little room for resentment and negativity. They add more positive interactions throughout the day and support one another through gratitude, admiration and laughter!