Tender Touch

Tender touching is one way that we demonstrate affection towards another person. When you tenderly smooth back your partner’s hair, squeeze his shoulder as you join him on the sofa, massage her feet at the end of a workday, and hold hands walking down the street you are offering security, … Continue reading

Imago Relationship Tips: Repairing Ruptures

Repairing Ruptures

Have you ever experienced a rupture in your relationship that was intense and painful?

How to talk to kids about sexual abuse, and how you can help prevent it

One of my clients came into my office one day for a last-minute appointment and he sounded anxious. I had been working with him as his psychotherapist for several months and we had just started to delve into some deeper issues as our therapeutic bond became stronger. It was in that session, … Continue reading

Creating Something Special in Our Kitchens

Paradoxically, while we may be more connected online, many of us are becoming less connected offline. How often do we see couples at a restaurant looking more at their cell phones than at each other. Think about kids (and parents!) on their cell phones at the dinner table! To battle … Continue reading

A Few Quick Fixes For Your Relationship

One of my favorite articles as of late highlights the research of John Gottman. You can read Masters of Love in The Atlantic. If you want the cliff notes version, it compares successful couples with unsuccessful couples (masters vs. disasters). What the research found was that successful couples exhibit kindness … Continue reading

Start Right, Stay Connected – An Imago Premarital Workshop

Our one day premarital and pre-commitment workshop Start Right, Stay Connected is an excellent way for couples considering a long-term commitment to invest in the health of their partnership. Led by Caroline and Jason Bernhardt-Lanier, the Start Right, Stay Connected workshop is designed for both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Participants … Continue reading

Group Therapy & Support Groups

Share your experiences and relate to others who understand your situation. Group therapy sessions and support groups are available to a wide variety of individuals grappling with personal, professional and romantic obstacles. Meet and share with like-minded individuals in similar circumstances, explore your concerns with others and engage with a … Continue reading

What Has Love Got to Do with It???

What Has Love got to do with it???             So what do we really know about the benefits of marriage, love and/or a committed relationship? Where are the arguments for a stable relationship? One argument that we might not think about too often is better health. Not surprisingly, there are … Continue reading

Holidaze? Stress and Depression Arrive With Bells On

Despite expectations to the contrary, the holidays often bring on bouts of stress and depression in addition to seasonal cheer. The Mayo Clinic has identified three main trigger points of holiday stress and depression including relationships, finances, and physical demands. But realistic planning can help people cope with the circumstances … Continue reading

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