Monthly Archives: March 2014

Strengthen Your Relationship by Keeping Negativity in Check

Intimate relationships pose a challenge to even the most well-intentioned and loving couples. To assume that your marriage or Strengthen Your Relationshiprelationship will run smoothly from beginning to end is naïve at best (though we may all wish that this was indeed the case). Of course, I’m not suggesting that your relationship should involve emotional pain or that couplehood and martydom are inevitable.

But we must recognize the reality that even the best of relationships go through ups and downs. Continue Reading

Reconnecting to Your Partner: How Your Relationship Can Heal You

All relationships vacillate between moments of connection and disconnection. It is through connection with our loved one that emotional healing can take place, that our old childhood wounds get reworked and closure is reached. In today’s post, relationship expert Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT, examines this important issue and identifies the specific elements of a healing… Continue Reading

Strengthen Your Relationship: Acceptance Versus Suppression

The idea of acceptance—to openly allow what is, without resisting or doing battle with it—has clear benefits for all involved. An acceptance mindset is something many of us strive to obtain, but this clearly doesn’t come easy. In my work with couples I frequently hear one or both partners state the need for greater acceptance… Continue Reading

In Defense of ‘Selfies!’

Between Ellen DeGeneres’ group Oscar selfie to today’s guest post from psychologist Barbara Becker Holstein, my perception is changing about selfies! I no longer cringe at the thought of them, and am actually starting to embrace the idea of capturing yourself at your best. Enjoy Holstein’s defense of taking selfies… I’m standing in the bathroom of our time share… Continue Reading

The Real Reason You May Not Have Met ‘The One’ Yet

I love today’s guest blog by author/relationship expert Debi Berndt, who isn’t afraid to get deep when it comes to the reasons you may be single, even if you are longing for a relationship. Sometimes it really is about looking inward… Do you keep attracting the non-committal man or woman? You can see a pattern,… Continue Reading

Couples Communication: Are You Shutting Your Partner Down?

Jamie learned how to communicate more effectively after taking several couples communication workshops and reading a few relationship advice books. He tried using “I” statements whenever he spoke about sensitive matters, and he even applied active listening when his wife shared her feelings about an important relationship issue. Yet according to his wife Lindsey, Jamie… Continue Reading

Couples Help: The Power of Shared Activities

As a psychologist and relationship therapist, I frequently hear stories of couples drifting apart; couples that were once close and seemed to share in the joys and adventures of life slowly started to look more like roommates with little in common other than an address. In many of these instances, the marriage or relationship seems… Continue Reading