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Marriage & Growth- Part 2

Relationships mature over time. The initial attraction may be physical, and this may carry the relationship for some time to the point of making an emotional commitment. Then the excitement and promise of sharing our life with another person can lead to a stage of heightened expectations where we ignore or minimize the discomfort that we may feel from time …

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Marriage & Growth- Part 1

COMMITMENT  & COUPLES GROWTH Emotionally committed relationships bring excitement and passion into our lives, especially when they are new.  Over time, however, we come across roadblocks based in personal issues that can distance us from our partners.   When we first enter into a committed relationship, we may think that we have found the answer to life’s problems, that we have …

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Anxiety or Stress- Part 4

TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR ANXIETY An ability to define things positively is one of the main attributes of those who deal well with anxiety. The life process is one of loss and gain – it’s as natural as night and day. When we trust that our losses will give rise to new gains and life experiences, the anxiety and worry …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 4

It is difficult to achieve intimacy in a relationship unless we have the ability to trust. We tend to focus on other people when we think about trust – that is, we might ask, who out there can be trusted and who cannot? But it may be more helpful to look inside and to think about trust also as something …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 3

A number of research studies have shown persuasively that people in intimate relationships live longer and happier lives than those who are not. For example, we know that people in marriages or other committed relationships live longer than people who are single. In one classic study researchers found that 95 percent of people who described their parents as uncaring had …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 2

In a marriage each person seems to understand the intimate experience in his or her own way. In a sense it takes a journey of personal discovery to learn how to share intimacy with another person. Here are some guidelines that may help to define that journey– Know Your Self: Get in touch with your own private experiences. In our …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 1

Many people search for that special intimacy in their relationship. Some of us search our entire lives for a feeling of oneness with another person. It’s hard to describe, really, what we search for, but we know it when we finally achieve it. Maybe we tire of that dark feeling of being ultimately alone as we struggle through life. If …

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Couples & Unemotional Partner- Part 5

MARRIAGE & EMOTIONALLY AVAILABLE PARTNERS How emotionally available are you ? Circle “T” or “F” to describe how you respond to the following situations. The more “True” answers you circle, the likelier you are to have difficulty with emotional availability (T)(F) I seldom cry. (T)(F) If I feel like crying, I try everything I can to stop myself. (T)(F) I seldom saw my …

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Couples & Unemotional Partner- Part 4

MARRIAGE AND BEING EMOTIONALLY AVAILABLE In addition to becoming familiar with your emotions, there are three other elements that are related to developing the capacity to be emotionally available – Good Self-Esteem – The messages we have heard from other people throughout our lives – but especially during childhood when we are most vulnerable to the impact of these messages …

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Couples & Unemotional Partner- Part 3

MARRIAGE AND UNEMOTIONAL PARTNERS Working on Emotional Availability Emotional availability refers to the ability of a person to share feelings with another person. In order for this to happen, a person needs to be in touch with her own emotions and able to define them. This person would have a good working knowledge of her own feelings and be able …

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