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Handling Stress, Dealing with Anxiety

    Everyday life stress & Anxiety disorders. Stress happens when we perceive an event as disturbing or threatening. Our primitive ancestors experienced stress when they had to fight off wild animals, invaders, adverse natural events, and other threats to their survival. These days we are more likely to feel the anxiety that emerges from stress when we face overwhelming …

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Depression & Ruminative Thoughts

Often depressed teenagers and/or adults spend hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful thoughts. Instead, your focus and attention needs to be on the positive, the good, and on thoughts that will move you in the right direction. The reality is that you amplify what you focus on. You can choose to pay attention to the positive. If …

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Healing a relationship after infidelity

Why did s/he cheat on me? Many people ask themselves that question every year. Their self-esteem is destroyed and they ask themselves the larger question: Why? Is it me? Is it him/her? Is it that woman/man? What does s/he have that I don’t? Have we lost touch with one another and grown that far apart? Betrayal is painful!  The process …

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Relationships & Intimacy

Why do some people, singles and even some married people alike, go to great lengths to feel close to someone the opposite sex?  Sometime, the need to feel close to someone of the opposite sex is stronger than logic and good sense; sometimes it results in poor relationship choices such as relationship with someone who is married, a one night …

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Preventing harm in your relationship

One of the most concerning patterns that I have noticed in several of the struggling couples I have been working with lately is that they have an apathetic attitude toward their relationships. They feel that if they pretend that “we are doing fine”, they will not have to do the hard work to change the relationship. They are often not …

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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Do you try to fix or control one another? Do you feel distant and/or disconnected? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Do either of you seem to always have to be right? Are conflicts directly resolved or do they go unresolved? Do you trust …

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Successful Relationships: Myths & Reality

A successful marriage can only happen if first and foremost, the husband and wife are friends. Romance is great, but it fades in and out; so don’t depend on that to keep you together. This perspective contradicts the popular notion that says couples need to be “soul mates,” “in love,” or even “compatible” before marrying. Such sentimental talk ignores the …

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Preventing & Treating Depression

Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to adults and even to children to help them deal with depression. Research shows that when adults just take medications they have to deal with numerous side effects and have a high rate of recurrent depressions. However, there is little to no data regarding children and the potential long term effects of these medications on …

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Keys To Resolving Conflicts

Are you continually in conflict with your spouse, your children, your boss and/or your colleagues? Do you believe that there’s a problem but it always seems to be the other person’s fault? Do you have challenges seeing your part in the problem? Are you resisting the possibility that you might have or you are contributing to the problem? Resolving conflicts …

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Slow to Anger

“Hesitation is the best cure for anger…The first blows of anger are heavy, but if it waits, it will think again” – Seneca

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