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 »

Sexual Interest in Relationships: Navigating the Range Between “Low-to-No” and “High”

Richard Nicastro, PhD digs deeper into the important relationship dynamic of sexual interest.  While acknowledging the normalcy of an imbalance, he suggests the shortest route to a solution that works for both couples is understanding and empathy for these differences…. Read more »

The Link Between Self-Acceptance and Emotional Intimacy

Richard Nicastro, PhD examines how a lack of self-acceptance can hurt your relationship.  He offers ways to get a better understanding of yourself, so you are better equipped to turn towards your partner. The Power of Emotional Intimacy Intimacy is all… Read more »

Married Sex Can be Great Sex

Richard Nicastro, PhD takes a deeper look at married (or long-term relationship) sex and some of the unique reasons it can be so satisfying.  He encourages couples to understand their ruts and look for opportunities for change. You might have read about—or… Read more »

Trust: A Critical Component of Sexual Intimacy in Committed Relationships

Richard Nicastro, PhD, examines how the sexual intimacy stakes rise when you fall in love.  He highlights the conditions that either encourage or discourage trust in a committed relationship. When love becomes part of the relationship landscape, when the other… Read more »

Sex in Marriage and Fear of Intimacy

Richard Nicastro, PhD looks at why “intimacy is not for the faint of heart” and how a fear of intimacy can get in the way of the quality of the sexual relationship in your marriage.  He poses questions for reflection… Read more »

Scheduled Sex? Oh the Horror!

Richard Nicastro, PhD believes scheduled sex can be a good thing for many couples.  He challenges some of the beliefs and “shoulds” around this topic as it relates to sexual intimacy in marriage and relationships. We can all see the… Read more »

In Lover’s Lane with Different Sex Drives?

Couples therapist, Rachel Moheban-Wachtel examines the common problem of a strong relationship but differing sex drives – and what you can do to combat sexual incompatibility. While in couples therapy, something that I find myself dealing with quite a bit… Read more »

10 Ways to Betray Your Relationship (Other Than Infidelity)

Intimate relationships thrive on emotional safety.  The more each partner feels they can turn towards each other, seek shelter in each other from the storms of life, the  greater the security. When I work with couples, I look for not… Read more »

Sex After an Affair

Dr Richard Nicastro, PhD A takes an in depth look at the impact of infidelity on post-affair sex.   The emotional fallout from an affair is extensive, and the healing process can be a long and bumpy road. Couples committed to… Read more »