When Honesty is Not the Best Policy in Relationships

I once heard a client say with great pride that she has always been “honest” in her relationships.  She told people how she felt about them and situations at hand.  For her it was inauthentic or “fake” not to be… Read more »

17 Must-Have Conversations with Your Child

Life coach, Mark Chernoff, breaks down some important life truths that can shape how children view themselves and their place in the world.  Parents, no matter how old your child (or adult child), it’s never too late to help them integrate these… Read more »

How to Sabotage Your Relationships by Not Owning Your Stuff

If you’re wondering why your relationships often go awry or seem more difficult than they should be, perhaps it’s time to consider your role.  “I have a role?” you ask.  Yes, you just might.  The baggage you’ve been carrying could… Read more »

3 Roadblocks to Forgiveness in Relationships

Dr. Richard Nicastro, PsyD, explores things that complicate forgiveness in relationships.  Sometimes the part of us that feels truly indignant remains rigid.  Can you get to a place where letting it go is possible? —– Imagine this scenario: Your spouse/partner… Read more »

Rise in Anxiety and/or Depression in our Youth, What Gives?

According to a recent study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, more than 1 in 20 US children and teens (ages 6 to 17 years old) have anxiety or depression.  Approximately 2.6 million American children and adolescents had diagnosed… Read more »

Time to Rethink What Thought You Knew About Romantic Relationships and Affairs

Esther Perel has an unmistakeable presence.  The Belgian speaker, therapist, author and TedX sweetheart has been challenging us all, including therapists like myself, to rethink our paradigms around romantic relationships and infidelity. Recently at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in DC,… Read more »

Study: Top 3 Things Couples Fight About and Other Things You Should Know

Fresh off attending the 2018 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop with John Gottman.  Dr. Gottman is a dominant figure on the relationship research and couples therapy scene since the mid 80’s,… Read more »

Dating after Divorce and Self-Care

Psychologist Richard Nicastro encourages a focus on YOU when dating after divorce.  He shares tips while keeping a focus on self-care. The great novelist W. Somerset Maugham said, “There are 3 rules for writing the novel. The problem is, nobody… Read more »

Simple Valentine

After Valentines Day, people often ask each other, “What did you do?” eyes wide with anticipation to hear the big reveal… “We spent a weekend away in the wine country.” “He bought me a sparkly, expensive necklace.” “We went to… Read more »

Ask Lisa: Lack of Emotional Safety in Relationship

I read your article on “emotional safety” and it seems to be lacking in my recent relationship. I’d been dating a guy on and off for about a year. I’ve been trying to share this concept with him, but it… Read more »