Power Struggle: When Love is a Boxing Match

Do you and your partner constantly go toe-to-toe with one another? Do you find yourselves keeping score? Is the power struggle consuming your relationship? If so, it sounds as though the battle lines have been drawn. Relational conflict becomes destructive when a...

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Getting past Cold Feet to Say, “I DO”

Oh, Weddings! Many dream for years of nuptial perfection while others take “the right person at the right time” pragmatic approach. To some, marriage feels like the appropriate next step in relationship development, while others seem to forego the...

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Coupling: Mirror Images vs. Opposites Attract

The pursuit of love is something that has long stood the test of time. But what does coupling look like for you? When choosing a potential partner, two opposing options can be usefully considered. We've all seen coupling with the...

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Team-building Toward Win-Win Relationships

As a child, my mother taught me that successful relationships were more a result of character than content. I still pass two of her favorite sayings: “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” and “You catch...

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Healthy Conflict Resolution

Let’s be honest: couples fight! This scenario gets a bad rep. but in reality, healthy conflict is an essential component of even the happiest and healthiest relationships. Arguments can be used as a tool to express feelings, gain insight...

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Increasing Intimacy: Strengthening the Emotional Bond

Many people believe the term “intimacy” refers to engagement in sexual activity - This is inaccurate. Intimacy can best be understood as an emotional experience rather than merely a physical one. In romantic relationships, intimacy involves emotional engagement and...

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Gay Parenting and Therapy: A Perfect Match

With the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling to legalize gay marriage and 2016 ruling to permit same-sex adoption throughout the United States came a progressive step toward the acceptance of gay parenting, right?? The number of same-sex couples who are raising children in the...

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Effective Communication in Five Easy Steps

Effective Communication Strategies in Five Easy Steps Instead of gazing out a window, have you ever used it as a mirror – fussing with your reflection? I often use this as an illustration when assisting clients in strengthening their...

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Acceptance as a Path to Freedom

Acceptance as a Path to Freedom Many have known the unconditional acceptance of Joey Sweetboy - the Therapeutic Assistive Animal that for years teamed with me at The Mental Gym. What you may not have realized is my rough beginnings with...

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Life Choices How To Make the Appropriate Ones with Ease

How Not To Worry About Life Choices Most of us worry about making appropriate life choices. Whether these decisions involve our personal or our professional lives, creating strategic moves within optimal time-frames can feel paramount to our well-being. Life is a series...

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