The NPR Diane Rehm Show: How We Choose Our Spouses

Recently, I listened to a panel discussion on the NPR Diane Rehm show entitled “How We Choose our Spouses”, ( Did anyone else listen to this? The topic was inspired by a provocative New York Times article “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” by Alain de Botton. As a … Continue reading

Is There a Future in Monogamy?

The classic model of marriage and partnership is changing. One reason is because internal and external pressures on marriage cause increasingly undeliverable expectations. Where once we were socially connected to communities and extended families over a lifetime, couples now expect their primary relationship to deliver all that comfort and connection. … Continue reading

The Ashley Madison Cheating Website Debacle: What Does It All Mean?

If you’ve heard the name Ashley Madison only in passing, you may not know that is a website for married (or otherwise committed) people to find partners in adultery.  Ashley Madison, a combination of the two popular female names Ashley and Madison, entered the social networking scene in 2001, … Continue reading

The Dynamics of Grief When a Relationship Ends

Loss, bereavement and grief are often first associated with death. Grief counseling is not often thought for anyone who hasn’t experienced a death of a loved one. However, grief and mourning encompass so much more beyond loss that comes from death. Loss of a job, autonomy and independence, a pet, … Continue reading

Relationship Advice:10 Tips for Choosing the Right Partner

I was recently inspired by Dr. Barton Goldsmith’s, ‘10 Tips to Help You Pick a Good Partner‘ featured on Psychology Today.  As a compliment to his tips, I wrote my own version called  ‘10 Tips for Choosing the Right Partner..’ I hope you will find it informative and insightful!

What Makes A Good Marriage?

I recently read an article in which the author wrote, “I don’t know what makes a good marriage.”  It was an advice piece on marriage.  That we come out of primary, secondary, and post-secondary education with no instruction in how to succeed at marriage is strange, isn’t it?  Is this … Continue reading

Spotlight on Lena Aburdene, MS

Lena Aburdene can be a little impatient with the slow pace of the therapeutic process. As a new counselor at PC&CC/The Imago Center, she admits that her strong desire to help others causes her to want to help solve problems right away. “Sometimes that’s just not possible,” she explains. “Counseling … Continue reading

Single in the City: A support group for women in Washington DC

It is human nature to want companionship. In every culture throughout the world it is the norm to seek companionship, get married and pro-create. For generation after generation it has been a part of who we are to seek a partner in life.  It is more than just a societal … Continue reading

It’s His Fault, It’s Her Fault. Who is Really to Blame in the Dating Game?

There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to analyzing why it’s hard to find the right partner and why it’s hard to sustain the magic in a long term relationship/marriage. Who is to blame? Men? Women? Society? The media? Perhaps we are all just looking for … Continue reading

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