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Understanding And Preventing Marital Burnout: Client Self-Care Strategies Offering Cure And Prevention

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

Burnout, however, can and does cause marital difficulties. The following examples describe understandable reasons for marital burnout and ways to set yourself free.

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.

Faux vs. Full: Is Your 'True Love' Faking It?

Suzannah Galland | Posted 07.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Suzannah Galland

Imagine you are carrying around a faux Prada bag you bought for six dollars in Chinatown. It looks real. It feels real. But how long can you keep conv...

An Affair Without Repair

Amy Begel | Posted 04.19.2016 | Divorce
Amy Begel

In an earlier post, "Affair Repair", I talked about the potential for something good to come out of that most painful of relationship infractions, th...

5 Things to Know About Marital Therapy

Dr. Nari Jeter | Posted 03.23.2016 | Divorce
Dr. Nari Jeter

It is common for couples to seek marital therapy when they are distressed, and perhaps, even contemplating divorce. When it feels like your marriage is "on the line," the last thing you want to stress about is finding a marital therapist or what will happen in therapy. Here are five things to know about martial therapy that may help you ease into the process of working on your marriage with a professional.

Who Are You Pointing At?

Amanda Gore | Posted 01.21.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Gore

Whenever we blame someone else for anything, we are non verbally (and sometimes physically) pointing our finger at them! I am sure you have heard th...

Killing (a Marriage) With Kindness

Amy Begel | Posted 01.18.2017 | Healthy Living
Amy Begel

This was the problem with these well-meaning people in a nutshell. When Beth gets upset, or fights Larry on an idea, he withdraws. I'm not sure if he's protecting himself or her, but my guess is that it's a bit of both.  

You're Not Going Crazy: 5 Sure Signs You're Being Emotionally Abused

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 12.29.2016 | Women
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Recognizing abuse is confusing at best. But acknowledging that you deserve a healthy, loving relationship shouldn't be.

11 Ways People Justify Staying In A Bad Marriage

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 11.11.2016 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

No marriage is easy. Even the happiest couples have their issues. That said, there are countless men and women who are in marriages they know in their hearts have gotten really bad. Yet, they stay. Why?

'The Only Thing My Husband And I Have In Common Anymore Is Our Kids'

YourTango | Posted 10.28.2016 | Divorce

By the end of the date, I wondered -- after 5 years and 2 kids, were our children all we had in common?

'My Husband Ghosted Me'

YourTango | Posted 10.25.2016 | Divorce

He said that he thought it would be better if we divorced because he had no intention of being the man I want or deserve... After that phone call, he was gone.

Important Areas of Compatibility

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 05.17.2016 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Many couples come into counseling saying that they have realized they are just not compatible. One or both partners, but usually the woman, says that these areas of incompatibility are making the relationship hopeless.

10 Things You May Not Know About Infidelity

Michele Weiner-Davis | Posted 05.12.2016 | Divorce
Michele Weiner-Davis

It's easy to think you will leave if your spouse betrays you, but when confronted with the reality of divorce and dissolving your marriage, the stakes are really high. It's not that overcoming the devastation of infidelity is easy, it isn't. But it can be done.

Do You Fight Fair?

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 03.25.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Wendy Rice

There are some people who get ugly and abusive when they argue, and there are others who can discuss and argue and be productive.

Yagana Shah

How A Bad Marriage Can -- Literally -- Hurt Your Heart | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty

Previous research has proved the link between a difficult marriage and negative health effects in lab-based studies. Now, the finding has been confirm...

What So Many Middle-Aged Married Women Are Starved For (Not Sex!)

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

I recently heard of a few couples in my age group throwing in the towel on their marriage. None of these couples broke up due to abuse, infidelity, or anything that would automatically spell divorce, but rather it was a general malaise in the marriage.

Why I'm Thinking Of Separating From A Wonderful Man After 27 Years Together

Jennifer Beckman | Posted 12.13.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer Beckman

Everyone has their advice, but for the person wrestling with this question, there's no answer that doesn't make your hands sweat, heart race, and leave a permanent lump in your throat -- particularly when there are two young kids at home who adore the person you're considering leaving.

'I Knew The Marriage Was Over Before It Began'

Divorced Moms | Posted 11.20.2014 | Divorce
Divorced Moms

We parted as friends and years later, we're still friendly. Although I knew the marriage was over before it began, I'm glad it didn't end there. The road we traveled was one of love, laughter, pain, tears and, most importantly, growth.

#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."

5 Reasons To Settle For A Good-Enough Marriage

Divorced Moms | Posted 11.09.2014 | Divorce
Divorced Moms

By Tara Eisenhard for One of my missions in life is to inspire society to become more accepting of divorce. I believe it to be a m...

5 Signs Your Marriage Has Gone Cold -- And What To Do About It

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Every marriage has its highs and lows, good days and bad. But what if you sense yours has landed in a rut—and you...

What You Need to Know to Save Your Marriage

Mitchell H. Saskin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Weddings
Mitchell H. Saskin

We are all striving, in a relationship, to be more fully connected to another person. When we feel that connection, we know we are part of something bigger than ourselves. This lesson is one of the most important gifts that relationships can bestow.

Dear Family Whisperer: Letting Him Do the Small Stuff HIS Way

Melinda Blau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

A lot of women complain about their husbands not doing things their way. They also tend to blow those differences out of proportion. The result, sadly, is that husbands, fearing criticism, often do less and less, a situation that leads to "chore wars."

10 Signs Your Marriage Is On Shaky Ground

Mari Lyles | Posted 09.15.2014 | Divorce
Mari Lyles

If any of these weeds are cropping up in your marital garden, and you want to keep your marriage, try tackling the problem now, before these weeds becomes full grown bushes.