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 »

Ask the Therapist: My boyfriend and his female co-worker text each other constantly

My boyfriend of 6 months has a female friend who texts him on a daily basis.  He is a very sweet guy who I trust and I know loves me. We have been dating now for 6 months. Our relationship started… Read more »

Parenting: Keeping an Emotionally Healthy Attitude About Sports

The National Alliance for Sports recently reported that “70% of children drop out of organized sports by age 13.”  The reasons cited include injuries from overuse (specializing in one sport at too young of an age) and burnout, among others…. Read more »

Ask the Therapist: My boyfriend has been abusive, has a drinking problem but is getting help. Should I stay?

My boyfriend and I have been dating for 9 months. We were long distance for the past four months while I get my degree abroad. We were both excited to see each other once I returned. Due to the fact… Read more »

A Husband Speaks: A Tale of Depression and Love

A husband writes anonymously about the struggles around his wife’s sudden onset of mental illness. In the summer of 2009, my wife and I were making plans for having our first child. We started dating as high school freshmen, and in our… Read more »

Healthy Marriage: Are You Allowing Your Spouse to “Be?”

Think back to when you were married.  How did you feel about your partner?  If you’re like many couples, you were likely smitten, filled with exuberance and high on the love drugs being released in your bodies in the form of hormones and… Read more »

#TheToolbox 2015 Best of Emotional and Relationship Health

As 2015 winds down and we prepare to ring in 2016, it’s that time again to highlight the most popular articles and favorite tools offered on LoveAndLifeToolbox.com to help people feel the best and have the most loving relationships they can.  The… Read more »

How Do You Love?

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at the practice of loving “freely” and how to do that.  One of the keys is not being controlled by your internal negative reactions.   —– Love Freely In my early 20’s, I went through Rolfing,… Read more »

Ask the Therapist: My boyfriend is drifting away from me

My boyfriend is spending less and less time with me and I don’t know why. My boyfriend and are about to hit our 5 year mark, getting together when I was 16 and he was 17 and now we’re 21… Read more »

A Holiday Message to Parents Everywhere: What Your Kids Want the Most

I noticed initially this was an ad for Ikea but quickly forgot all about that as I became transfixed with this experiment involving Spanish children and their parents captured on video, writing letters to the “Three Kings” (equivalent to Santa… Read more »