Ask Lisa: Handling a Relationship With Very Busy Partner

I am a 27 yr old professional in a new relationship (4 months) with a guy who just started a residency program which means he works about 80 hours a week, spends every 4th or 5th night at the hospital, usually… Read more »

Getting Married? 6 Great Reasons to get Premarital Counseling

With divorce rates as high as they are, it seems that couples are facing more challenges than ever in preserving their marriage stability. In my marriage counseling practice, I’ve seen many couples at the “end of their ropes.” Some have… Read more »

Experiencing Relationship Roadblocks? Consider Your Attachment Style

If you are one of the many out there who finds yourself in repetitive patterns of unhealthy relationships, perhaps you might benefit from identifying your attachment style – which not only could answer some fundamental questions for you around your… Read more »

Couples Assessment: How Strong is Your Relationship Foundation?

In my couples therapy work, I’ve noticed there are certain aspects that determine the strength of a couple’s relationship foundation – that is, the relationship’s ability to stand strong in the face of the things that life throws out, be it normal… Read more »

Marriage Counseling: How do you Make Relationship Changes Last?

As much good work that  can be accomplished while undergoing the marriage counseling process, one bigger question is: “How can couples sustain the changes they make in counseling?” If they haven’t integrated deeper level change or have the the tools to sustain it,… Read more »

The Impact of Depression on Relationships

Most of us are aware about the havoc that depression can wreak on somebody.  The symptoms can be almost paralyzing; a sensation that a dark cloud stalks them or a pit lingers in their stomach every waking moment.  It can be… Read more »

Teaching Teens about the Emotional Aspect of Intimate Relationships

We are all familiar with the public service announcements encouraging parents to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol, internet safety, and sex.  I even saw one recently about safe driving habits like not texting or eating behind the wheel. … Read more »

A Few Quick Tips on Infidelity

Infidelity is a challenging issue for couples to work through but not impossible.  There are a few really important elements to consider if you and your partner are struggling with this in your marriage – and both want to try to… Read more »

Making Behavior Changes for your Partner? Show Them You Mean It

If you and your partner are actively trying to improve your relationship by making behavior changes that have been requested – this is great.  You are one step closer to improving the quality of your bond together.  Remember that this… Read more »

The Power of Behavior in Relationships

From the time we are born, relationships are one of the most important things to all of us.  Consider how much infants need their parents or primary caregivers.  The need to attach to others is there from birth. Our behavior has the power to… Read more »