Three Myths About Marriage

By Couples | December 19, 2016

Here are three of the most popular myths about marriage: 1. I’ll never feel lonely again 2. If we have good sex, we’ll have a good marriage 3. My spouse should make me happy We assume that securing a life partner will ‘cure’ us of feeling lonely (and a host of other painful emotions).  But …

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Navigating the Blurred Lines of Step Parenting

By Couples | November 15, 2016
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by Debby Derioan, Student-Therapist under the Supervision of Meredith Keller, LPC, ACS   Our culture has shown us only two possible extremes for being a step-parent—effortless as in the Brady family from TV or torturous as in the wicked stepmother.  Who doesn’t recall The Brady Bunch—the iconic television example of the happy couple who easily …

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How to Talk In-Person: 4 Tools for Clear, Effective Communication

By Couples | October 17, 2016

by Lauren Roberts, Practicum Student-Therapist under the Supervision of Meredith Keller LPC, ACS Talking has changed drastically in recent years: for many, the majority of ‘conversations’ are held through technology. These advances, however, can also have their faults. Have you ever felt like you were speaking to someone and it was like talking to a …

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Ways to Stop an Ex from Damaging Your Relationship: Three Guidelines for Communication

By Couples | September 20, 2016

by Debby Deroian, Practicum Student-Therapist under the supervision of Meredith Keller LPC, ACS Imagine: You and your partner are finally having a much needed date night.  This took a month to happen due to several cancellations with work and kids’ schedules! You are in the middle of dinner when your partner’s phone rings, and as …

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My Mother Turns 75 This Month: How the family plans to express our appreciation of her

By Couples | November 2, 2015
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My brother, sister and I are throwing a party in her honor. As fun as it will be connecting with family and friends, there’s one aspect of her birthday celebration I’m most excited about: a scrapbook of notes from those who love her and photos of them with her. When I realized this scrapbook is …

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Does Intimacy Mean Sharing Absolutely Everything?

By Couples | October 12, 2015
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What is Intimacy? Is it tender and emotional sex each and every time? Is it sharing everything with one another? Is it constant closeness and togetherness? Popular belief says that those things make up intimacy, but that’s misleading AND unrealistic in a long-term partnership. For how could we possibly be together with our partner all …

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Save Yourself From An Argument On Your Next Vacation

By Couples | June 2, 2015
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Imagine: you and your partner have planned a trip to a great summer destination. You each pack your own bags, arrive together and unpack when you get to your room. Your bag contains: books, boardgames, movies, candles, an eye mask, massage oil, and an assortment of teas. You’ve been looking forward to lazy days lounging …

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Inspire Your Kids To Love The Sports You Love

By Couples | November 21, 2014
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When we first had children, we wanted to get them involved with skiing, but wondered how we could pass our love of the sport along to them. After all, how do you explain to any beginner that spending most of the day trying (with some, but not much, success) will indeed pay off when they’re experts? …

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Old Hurts: How Being Mindful Can Help You Move Past Them

By Couples | October 27, 2014
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There are many people who think that their past doesn’t have any influence on them today.  They may feel this way because their childhood was years or decades ago, or perhaps because they’ve created a different life for themselves now.  Others might discount the importance of their childhood on their present because they no longer …

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Sex: How It Changes Through Each Stage of Relationships

By Couples | October 20, 2014
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New clients often come into our offices saying, “I’ve fallen out of love,” or “We’re having intimacy problems,” or “The sex is not like it used to be.”  Feeling like this is a disappointment, indeed.  This often makes people view themselves as having a bad relationship or having chosen the wrong partner when that is …

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