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3 Wedding Planning Tips; A Therapist's Perspective

3 Wedding Planning Tips; A Therapist's Perspective

As a couples therapist having worked with many engaged couples over the years, I probably view engagements and weddings differently than most.  Society encourages us to envision a perfect day, a gorgeous party, an expensive flowing dress, and the fairy tale beginning of a perfect life.  

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Is your child a total nightmare?

8 Ways To Ruin Your Kids

Most parents really want to be good parents, but since most parents don't take parenting classes, they inadvertently get a lot of things wrong. This tongue-in-cheek article is designed to help you avoid the pitfalls parents have made since the dawn of time.

4 Habits for Beginning Your Busy Day

4 Habits for Beginning Your Busy Day

The alarm rings, you jump out of bed, rub your eyes, go for coffee, step into the shower, and find the clothes you want to wear for your busy day at work.  Does this sound familiar? For many of us, we don’t take the time to ready ourselves for a great day. Here are four key strategies to help you make every day, great!  Give yourself a few minutes each day to develop the habit and make these routine.

Speak Up & Tell Your Truth

Speak Up & Tell Your Truth

Too many people go through their lives without saying how they feel, what they want and what they really think. They do so to keep the peace, to please or gain approval or because they’re worried they’ll lose the one they love if they don’t remain silent. Have you lost your voice?

4 Tips For Actualizing New Year's Intentions

4 Tips For Actualizing New Year's Intentions

Ok, so we’re a few weeks into a new year and if you’re anything like me, now is usually the time when your passion, motivation and excitement about all those “good” intentions, resolutions and plans start to wane. Don’t panic. This is normal, and I’ve got some suggestions on how to meet yourself where you are so you can still actualize your new year’s intentions in 2013. If you are feeling stuck or unmotivated, ask yourself the following questions:

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Happy Valentines Day?

5 Tips To Survive Valentines Day Single

It's mid-January and we're just a month away from Valentines Day. The stores are stocking up with holiday chocolates and red velvet candy boxes, all while people are still reviewing their New Year's resolutions.

Relationship Changes: It's Not All Or Nothing

Relationship Changes: It's Not All Or Nothing

It happens to all of us. When we're least prepared, at times. I've been in a six- month relationship with D., which has been very satisfying. We talked back in December about his inner need to explore his sexuality with other women. That didn't make me feel too good—it felt like I wasn't "enough." Still, I asked for a 2-month commitment to monogamy. He agreed, for which I am grateful. Well, the two months are over, and he knows that sexual exploration is still his need. He said he doesn't want our relationship to change.

Self Care: Is It Selfish?

Self Care: Is It Selfish?

For centuries women have been raised to believe that it is their responsibility to tend to the needs of others.  "Play nice."  "Don't hurt others' feelings."  "Serve yourself last."  "A woman's work is never done."

How to Be Your Own Couples Therapist

How to Be Your Own Couples Therapist

In my 25 years as a therapist, I’ve worked with countless couples facing a broad spectrum of challenges. Yet, despite the diversity between them in age, occupation, or origin, I’m amazed at the similarities in the patterns and pitfalls that couples fall into. When two people walk into my office and start discussing their relationship, the first thing I tell them is to focus on empowering yourself. The only person you can change is you. If both parties accept this, real change is possible in the relationship.

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Friendly, or flirting?

When Flirting Goes Too Far

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, both Kendall and Kylie Jenner state that their number one dating dealbreaker would be their guy flirting with their best friend. Sounds reasonable enough, right? After all, who wants their man making eyes at someone else, especially a gal pal?