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Couples Therapy

Celebration Planning Can Be Effective Therapy!

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Weddings
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

If we are mindful and reflective as we plan weddings and other milestone celebrations, we can develop skills for forging and maintaining relationships that will last a lifetime.

Premarital Counseling Did Not Benefit My Marriage

Cindy Withjack | Posted 02.11.2015 | Divorce
Cindy Withjack

Although religion-based premarital counseling didn't do much in the way of benefiting or impairing my marriage, it was absolutely a catalyst to discovering that it wasn't at all the life I wanted.

Heading Into a Bumpy Valentine's Day? Consider the Paradoxes of Love

Dr. Tim Cavell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Tim Cavell

Attending to these five paradoxes might not lead to what Steve Miller called "lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time." But as a Valentine's Day gift, they're worth more than a box of chocolates.

For Couples Who Hate Valentine's Day... Do This to Give the Best Gift Ever

Susan Kraus | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Susan Kraus

Think of it as a "State of Our Union" conversation, in which you address the state of your union. From habits to behaviors, attitudes to aspirations, this is your opportunity to focus on how to love each other better.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

What I Learned In 5 Years of Marriage

Krista Pelton | Posted 01.20.2015 | Weddings
Krista Pelton

Through all the times of uncertainty, discontent and disappointment the only thing that remained constant was my husband. That was my light bulb moment. That's why marriage exists. Life is sweeter when you have someone to help you get through it.

6 Ways To Make Time For Sex Even When It Seems Impossible

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 01.16.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

If you're like every parent of a small child I know, you find it pretty difficult to set aside couple's time with your spouse. And then you have this niggling fear in the back of your brain that you will grow apart, become distant and when the kids go to college, you will blow this popsicle stand.

8 Surprising (And Scientifically Proven) Things That Lead To A Lasting Marriage

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.15.2014 | Weddings

Finding and keeping a lifelong love can feel like a crapshoot. No matter how madly in love you may be, maintaining a marriage is never easy. And while...

6 Things Your Couples Therapist Already Knows About Your Relationship

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 12.26.2014 | Divorce
Abby Rodman, LICSW

It's said you can't kid a kidder. But you'd also have to reach a pretty high bar to fool a couples counselor. We've pretty much seen it all. Fortunately for us, we don't have to reinvent the therapy wheel every time we meet a new couple.

There are 99 Problems With Marriage but the Size of an Engagement Ring is Not One

Jenny Triplett | Posted 12.16.2014 | Weddings
Jenny Triplett

There always seems to be a study regarding marriages, the cost of weddings and even divorces. With all of the possible variables that the human factor presents, what seems to be missing is good ol common sense.

Here's A Ridiculous Alternative To Couple's Therapy That Just Might Work

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 10.08.2014 | Divorce

Tinder might be able to save your marriage, one terrible dating profile at a time. At least that's the logic behind this bar sign, which jokingly ...

Mindfulness And Marriage

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

By cultivating tolerance for our own feelings, and softening to one another rather than constricting, healthy and mindful marriages have a fighting chance.

4 Reasons To Seek Couples Therapy Sooner Rather Than Later

Ian Oliver | Posted 10.27.2014 | Divorce
Ian Oliver

Many people have a negative association to the word "therapist" or "counselor." They think that seeing one means something isn't right and at times that might be true, but seeing a therapist early on in a relationship or marriage can do a lot to guide it in the right direction instead of trying to save it later on.

Affordable, Quality Psychotherapy in America: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

It's been about a year and a half since I first introduced my idea for making mental health care more affordable for more people. I blogged about it r...

You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks... Says Who?

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

It is sad but true that we often carry around burdens from the past way into our 40's, 50's and even 60's that have never been addressed or healed. Guilt. Shame. Old angers and resentment.

The Upside of 'Marrying Down'

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Old ideas die hard. But today's romances more and more reflect that smart women and men are neither marrying up or marrying down -- we're just marrying the right person.

Debunking Relationship Myths: An Interview With John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Omega Institute | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

In all kinds of relationships, people have conflict and disagreements and hurt one another's feelings. What determines the success of the relationship is the way people deal with conflict, the nature of their friendship and intimacy, and their shared meaning system.

It's Not Okay

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.30.2014 | TV

Prepare yourselves "Bachelor" fans, we've got some shocking news. Juan Pablo Galavis, the controversial Venezuelan heartthrob who coined the most ...

The Real Cure for Divorce and Adultery... and It's Not What You Think

Lisa Haisha | Posted 07.29.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Haisha

Can something as simple as heart-centered communication really be the solution?

How To Sleep Better, Together

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Brandi Megan Granett

One of the biggest complaints you will hear from people during the day is how tired they are. While lack of sleep can have many causes, sharing a bed with a partner is linked to a decreased ability to sleep well. But for many, sharing a bed is a sacred part of the partnership.

What Is Love? An Ode to My Heart, My 'Whillip'

Lisa Cleary | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Lisa Cleary

Since I sometimes resort back to wondering, exactly what is love?, I thought I'd share what I've learned so far, and why "Whillip" has proved to be my steadfast teacher.

4 Unexpected Signs You Need Couples Counseling

Posted 05.14.2014 | OWN

What's normal in a relationship and what's a surprising signal that it's time to call in the professionals? By Ashley Nelson @media only...

What Couples Really Fight About

Julie Gottman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Gottman

The difference between couples who make it and couples who break up is simple: the couples who make it "repair" the relationship after they've hurt each other.

A Case for Pre-Marital Counseling

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 06.22.2014 | Weddings
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

I recently had an interesting discussion with a panel of colleagues about the value of couples therapy. The question was this: "Can all couples, even those who are happily married, benefit from working with a skilled couples therapist?"

9 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Filing For Divorce

Winifred M. Reilly | Posted 06.21.2014 | Divorce
Winifred M. Reilly

None of us gets married thinking that five, ten, even twenty years down the line we'd be so frustrated or miserable that we'd be considering divorce. ...