Marriage / Relationships

Ask the Therapist: I’m in an Emotionally Abusive Marriage

I started dating my husband when I was 19 and he was 36. I came from a broken home where there was extreme violence and alcohol abuse, so I did not want to have anything to do with alcohol. He told… Read more »

Dating Fatigue: Take a Break for a More Positive Mindset

Clinton Power, Australian relationship counselor, looks at the benefits of taking a break from dating to reset your thinking, be self-reflective and ultimately be more open and ready for the kind of relationship you really want when you get back… Read more »

#TheToolbox Best of Emotional and Relationship Health 2017

2017 is slipping by and throughout this year, I continue to enjoy tending to my online labor of love, LoveAndLifeToolbox.com.  This is my annual end of the year celebration of the “best of”  my emotional and relationship health content over… Read more »

Emotional Health

Love Your Inner Child

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at the power of your inner child to shape your adult self-concept.  If you carry wounds from early in life, he offers ways to “love your inner child” to move towards healing. As long as you’ve lived,… Read more »

Reflections on Gratitude – Even for the Hard Stuff

The Thanksgiving holiday period bring warm and fuzzies to many but certainly not to all.  Linda Graham, MFT, explores the use of gratitude as a buffer and offers tools to help practice gratitude even in the most difficult situations. Gratitude… Read more »

The End of Life, A Shift in Perspective

B.J. Miller, M.D., is a palliative care physician at UCSF Medical Center and former executive director at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California.  He is on a heartfelt mission to “de-pathologize death” and continues on that journey in… Read more »

Therapy

3 Mistakes Couples Make in Relationship Counseling

Couples counseling can be a helpful tool for a myriad of issues, from significant disconnection and resentment to a desire to fill your toolbox with tools to manage things that might come up later.  Communication skills, conflict management, listening skills… Read more »

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 »

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