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"Creating Connections" in the Netherlands?

"CREATING CONNECTIONS" IN THE NETHERLANDS ? Urban legend has it that over 60 years ago, the late, great Walt Disney stumbled upon a secret that captured his imagination, created a vision and ultimately made the world a better place. That secret, discovered in the quaint Dutch town of Kaatsheuvel was a newly developed, family attraction, located far from major cities, in the rural center of the Netherlands.…

Gottman Thunder from Down Under

GOTTMAN THUNDER DOWN UNDER Two weeks in Australia has made one thing abundantly clear ? the Gottman approach to working with couples is alive and well. Thanks to the efforts of Relationship Institute Australasia, created by the dynamic duo of Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan, two Aussie Gottman trained clinicians with big plans and boundless energy ? the streets of Oz are buzzing. Clinical trainings…

5 Ways To Provide More Effective Couples Therapy

5 Ways to Provide More Effective Couples Therapy  [caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] If you are a clinician looking to begin or improve your practice as a couples therapist, you might experience some trepidation and self-doubt in your ability to help couples. Let me assure you that you are not alone. Many of us interested in including couples…

What We Do at National Marriage Seminars: Gottman Training & More

[caption id="attachment_4274" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier conducts a Level I Gottman Training in Dallas. National Marriage Seminars is committed to providing cutting-edge educational opportunities for MFT clinicians and other mental healthcare professionals.[/caption] National Marriage Seminars is dedicated to helping marriage and family therapists and their patients gain a…

How to Prepare for Success as a Couples Therapist

[caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] A therapist who seeks a career as a marriage and family clinician should be prepared to pursue sufficient training in the specific and highly specialized skills necessary to effective work with couples. Part of the problem is that many teachers, as well as students, in the field of counseling assume that generalist…

Vanilla Sex: What it is and why you should enjoy it

[caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] Sex is everywhere in American culture. From sports advertisements to the sale of food, it is not hard to find a svelte, gorgeous model biting into a giant hamburger or hanging on to the hood of a new car. Yet as a general public, we are reticent, awkward and unfamiliar with sex talk with our intimate partners.…

Why It's OK to Forget Valentine's Day

[caption id="attachment_4064" align="alignright" width="300"] Don't feel pressured to "celebrate" Valentine's Day just because society says you should. If it doesn't suit you, feel free to forget it; but remember to work on your relationship every day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] Saturday marks the yearly ritual in America when…

3 Steps to Break the Argument Cycle: Access, Respond, Engage

[caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] A telling conversation was relayed to me during a recent couples therapy session: The ringing telephone broke through George's reverie as he was surfing on his laptop. "Hello?" It was his wife, Alice. He could hear an edge in her voice. Anxious, he thought. "Hi, honey, I am so glad I was able to get you,"…

Four Marriages, One Couple: How Our Relationship Has Evolved

[caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi Meunier[/caption] I'm not ashamed to admit that I've had four marriages during my lifetime. Before you decide that I have problems with commitment and fidelity in a relationship, let me clarify: All four marriages were with the same man! I will explain, but first -- some background. I grew up in India and in my generation, arranged…

Bricks and Boulders in the Backpack: Sharing the Load

[caption id="attachment_3868" align="aligncenter" width="625"] We all carry bricks in our backpacks, and sometimes the occasional boulder slips in. Relationship bonds are strengthened when we help each other carry the load.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_294" align="alignleft" width="150"] Dr. William Bumberry[/caption] As we walk the path of life, with all its inherent joys and burdens, we accumulate…