Got Resentment in Your Relationship? Learn to Let it Go

Claire Hatch, LCSW looks at resentment in relationships and ways to begin the process of sweeping it away by seeing interactions with your partner differently. “He thinks I’m stupid and he has to school me!” Lena said. “Sometimes I just have… Read more »

10 Characteristics of Successful Relationships

People seeking couples counseling seek change to a relationship dynamic that isn’t working in some way.   The problems can include poor communication, lack of emotional safety, resentment, trust violations and many other issues.  It might even be that the… Read more »

Give Your Marriage the Gift of Reconnection Over the Holidays

Happy Holidays from LoveAndLifeToolbox.com!  It’s no secret that a happy marriage or long term relationship can be the cornerstone of your life, the foundation in which you build a family, aspire to your goals and dreams and have a port… Read more »

Deconstructing Bickering in Relationships

Richard Nicastro, PhD examines why couples fight and proposes that bickering isn’t always the way it seems.  Might bickering in relationships sometimes be…fun? “You missed the exit.” “Did not.” “Did too.” “Do you want to drive?” “That’s not fair. You know… Read more »

The Emotional Disconnection of Not Allowing Your Partner In

Richard Nicastro, PhD offers his wisdom around why people often don’t invite help from their partners and how this communication breakdown can lead to misunderstandings in relationships.  He challenges you to consider if you block your partner and what ways you… Read more »

Intimate Relationships Require More Than Good Communication

Richard Nicastro, PhD deconstructs communication in intimate relationships and the impact of relationship lethargy.  Couples can get into bad habits around the kinds of questions asked and other blocks to truly engaging your partner. Questions are a powerful communication tools we… Read more »

This Valentines Day Learn to Speak Their Love Language

Joy Nordenstrom, love coach and matchmaker, speaks to couples and singles about the importance of understanding love languages.  For Valentines Day, you can make use of this information in how you honor your sweetie (or potential love interest) in a way… Read more »

In Marriage, It’s Hugs Before Business

Keith Miller, LICSW shares an intimate look at his marriage to demonstrate a common occurrence for many couples; a focus on life logistics to the extent that one or both feel like a business partner.   The other day my wife seemed… Read more »

Learn How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

Jennifer Lehr, MFT looks at the problem with “sucking it up” in relationships.  Positive connections and inner peace will more likely come from learning that it’s ok to ask for what you need. We all have emotional survival strategies that… Read more »

5 Steps to Create Positive Change in Your Relationship

You love your partner.  But you’ve made mistakes.  Some of those mistakes might be born out of old conditioning and patterns learned in your family of origin and what was modeled to you.  Or perhaps you just have been insensitive…. Read more »