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Three Steps to Opening Your Marriage: A New Permissive Monogamy

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Divorce
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

It's a delicate balance; finding a marriage that works and exciting, adventurous sex. But how does one cross the line and venture into the stormy seas of an "open marriage" without losing the safety of a monogamous partnership? Is sex with someone other than your spouse really worth the risk? And how do you even bring up the topic?

Is Sexting the Best Valentine's Gift of All?

Pam Costa | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

Just before Valentine's Day last year, the naughty little girl inside me started stomping her feet and trying to get my attention. She threw herself on the floor in a tantrum screaming "You need to spice things up! You are a hot, sexy woman with needs and its high time you seduce your husband through some flirtatious emails."

To the Moms I Am Not, But Was Supposed to Be

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

I was pulled out of the comfort of my life by my child so hard I had whiplash, but now, years later and happy to be exactly where I am, I get to sit back and observe a world to which I wouldn't have been privy, a world I wouldn't have even noticed

How To Get Therapy for Less Than $10

Kathleen Smith | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Smith

Never let money be the reason you shy away from living the best possible life. Never assume that your worries aren't significant enough or too significant to be addressed in the counseling room. It might take a little bit of strategizing, but you can find a great match in a therapist and keep your money for a rainy day.

O-Kern-Homa, the 2016 Edition

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

This woman needs to talk to someone about why she is ignoring the duties she was elected to do in lieu of drafting needless, dangerous, discriminatory bills.

3 Ways to Refocus Your Parenting in 2016

Scott Gornto | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Scott Gornto

talk to my clients about parenting all the time. Still, I'm just as much in need of a daily reminder that we must always be learning and implementing healthy parenting skills -- every day of our lives.

My Secret BFF

Alyson Seligman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Alyson Seligman

Let me be honest. I have a secret BFF. She's the coolest girl who I confide everything to, without judgement and with brutal honestly (okay, nearly br...

Who Is the Real Patient? Systemic Racism Through the Eyes of Counseling

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Kathleen Shumate

Focusing on what's wrong in black communities misses the point of how society reinforces those problems. The patient is not black people; it's the system of racial injustice.

These Teens Just Made It A Lot Easier For New Jersey Kids To Get Counseling

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

It all started three years ago, when Jordan Thomas, then 16, decided he needed to talk to a counselor. At the time, Thomas was experiencing emotional ...

My Money, Your Money, Our Money -- Who's in Charge?

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 01.28.2016 | Money
Sheridan Kesselman

Over my many years as a marriage and family therapist, I usually recommend that couples start out with a joint checkbook for household bills and two separate checkbooks for their individual expenses.

What They Never Tell You About Therapy

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Vasquez

​It is often assumed that therapy is for people with a mental illness. That's the biggest stigma when talking about it. The truth however, is that you don't have to be a certain type of person to attend.

You Can't Take a Vacation From Sleep Apnea

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

Device manufacturers and sleep medicine professionals understand that many people need easy "CPAP-to-go" travel solutions, and there are good alternatives for apnea sufferers.

Finding Out Everything I'd Ever Want To Know About The Afterlife

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

This has been a year of terrible loss. And I'm not even counting David Bowie and Leonard Nimoy. I lost a sister. My older sister. Until recently, I'd never lived a day, or an hour, without her. As the shock of her death begins to ebb, I find myself wondering. Where is she?

I Learned About True Courage From My Daughter

Elliot Begoun | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Elliot Begoun

It sometimes paralyzes her, causing her to want desperately to retreat. At times, fear grips her so strongly, that she is unsure if she can even take ...

7 Ways To Make Therapy More Affordable

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

There's no denying therapy is a huge financial burden: Affordability was the number one reason people avoid mental health services according to a surv...

I Spent a Year Listening to Strangers Tell Stories They Can't Share With Anyone Else

Helena Bala | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Helena Bala

For a little over a year now, I've listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they've never told anyone before.

You Don't Have to Have Bruises and Broken Bones to Be Abused

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 01.25.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Debbie sat, quietly crying in my office. "I don't think I should have left. The boys miss him. They blame me for the divorce." She had been the wife...

Learning to Speak With Conviction: My Experience With Therapy

Ashley Simmons | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ashley Simmons

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin Not every person we meet is there to ...

Lean In... to Orgasm

Pam Costa | Posted 01.19.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

So as Sheryl Sandberg was busy creating Lean In Circles to encourage women to step outside their comfort zones at work, I began to create my own group to encourage women to step outside their comfort zones in the bedroom and in their relationships.

What Happened When I Got Tired Of Making Excuses And Said 'Yes' to Sex

Pam Costa | Posted 01.19.2016 | Weddings
Pam Costa

If you had asked me whether sex was an important part of the equation several years ago, I would have brushed you off with a quick "sure." There would have been a myriad of excuses as to why it wasn't something I invested energy into. As Sweet Brown so succinctly put it, "Ain't nobody got time for that."

Untangling Myself From an Emotional Rock Bottom

Patrice Bendig | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

f in the future certain circumstances make staying afloat a challenge again, this time I will have the ability to prevent a full blown downward descent and successfully navigate the waves of change.

Why I/We Hate Exercise (And How to Circumnavigate Our Reluctance)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

This equation is simple:a few minutes of discipline equals hours of comfort, pleasure, a lengthened lifespan, and less time spent on medical procedures.

Can You Trust Your Own Perceptions?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

My point here is not to insinuate that all of our current reactions are merely reactions to our past. It's simply to offer a new way of looking at the world that can help us make sense of some of our perceptions that may be off and to alter our behavior accordingly.

Accomplishing Your Goals

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Sometimes goals are interpersonal. You have a goal of getting along better with your spouse or partner.

12 Things Being a Therapist Taught Me About Happiness

Thrillist | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living

Through my work, I've come to notice the themes that characterize unhappy people, and the changes that move them from feeling stuck in their own crap to enjoying life. While everyone is different, and happiness is by no means an easily achievable goal, I've learned that there are certain traits happy people share.