Premarital Couples: Invest in Your Marriage as you do in Your Wedding Day

Our society puts a lot of focus on the wedding day.  Many couples spend countless hours on wedding preparation considering where they will marry, who will come, what color the flowers will be, tasting food, contemplating wedding favors and other… Read more »

How to Make Couples Therapy Work for You

You are your partner are struggling.  Perhaps your disconnection is significant or maybe you feel committed to the relationship but see red flags that need addressing.  Couples therapy is not only for couples who can’t figure out how to make… Read more »

Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy

Caileigh Flannigan, a Developmental Interventionist in Canada uses forms of play such as exploring the outdoors and art as a way to promote children’s development and emotional healing.  In this piece she looks at ways adults can use art therapy… Read more »

Be Your Own Therapist: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Something is off.  Happiness and peace are eluding you.  Perhaps your relationships continue to self destruct or you simply feel stuck. Most of us can relate to the experience of being off track.  It could be an unexplainable blip or there is… 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 »

What is Family of Origin Work?

Therapists probably have slightly different interpretations of what family of origin work and the process is. Here is my definition: “Family of origin work is getting unstuck emotionally and/or in your relationships in the present, by healing the family or… Read more »

Family of Origin Work: Steps to Heal

In Family of Origin Work:  How to Untangle and Tend to Your Obstacles, I looked at how to understand your history and how it’s impacted you.  There are many ways people cope with challenging environments and situations.  Once you have… Read more »

Family of Origin Work: How to Untangle and Tend to Your Obstacles

In Family of Origin Work:  Is it Time to Start Digging?, I looked at possible reasons for looking more closely at what might be an unhealthy root system underneath you.  Sometimes our earlier experiences create obstacles to emotional and relationship… Read more »

Family of Origin Work: Is it Time to Start Digging?

Being a therapist in private practice working with individuals and couples, I see a vast array of issues that people bring.  It’s understandable that many hope to solve the problems as soon as possible.  Efficiency is always a goal for me… Read more »

Interview: How to Prepare Yourself for a Marriage (Not Just a Wedding)

I was interviewed by Jennine Estes, MFT and Jennifer Chappell Marsh, MFT for their podcast, “The Couple Fix.”  We talked about things to consider before walking down the aisle.  So many couples get so focused on the day itself they… Read more »