Conflict is Growth Trying to Happen

Several years ago, when I worked as a bereavement counselor, I’d often receive puzzled looks at parties when people I hadn’t met before asked where I worked. “You’re a grief counselor?” they’d ask. “But isn’t that depressing?” Actually, I’d say, it’s just the opposite. One of the many things I … Continue reading

Your Brain on Love

There is a great article in the Washington Post today, Falling in love is all in our brains.  The article reviews the neurochemistry of how we fall in love.  Our brains produce a “love cocktail” of testosterone, dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin which all play a role in why we are … Continue reading

Navigating IF: New Monthly Group for Couples

Navigating infertility and adoption can be a difficult journey for couples.  All you want is to add to your family, and it can be a challenge to keep your relationship on track given all of the stresses you both feel.  So here’s a proactive, positive step forward – join my … Continue reading

Sexual Addiction: ‘It’s Not About Sex’

My most recent article in Counseling Today magazine examines how sexual addiction impacts couples and how counseling can help both partners on the path to recovery. I was particularly intrigued by a book one of my sources, Barbara Steffens, co-authored, Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal. … Continue reading

Kim Kardashian, narcissism, and weddings

I recently read an article on CNN called ‘Narcissists want weddings, not marriage.’ The article discusses the hoopla around the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries marriage (and now impending divorce) and how it relates to narcissism. Since Kim Kardashian’s announcement of a divorce after 72 days of marriage, I have read plenty … Continue reading

Relationship Rule to Break: We need to be fair when splitting household tasks

I remember my Kindergarten days and how my teacher would tell us “wait your turn”, “now it is time to clean up”, and “everyone needs to do their share.” The early sense of fairness and the expectation that tasks will be distributed evenly seems to become part of each of … Continue reading

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