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The Third 'Person' in Our Marriage: My Husband's Computer

[caption id="attachment_3818" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mary worried that Bob's relationship with his computer was stronger than their marriage. But the fact that Bob demonstrated the ability to love and nurture - albeit with a machine - was a sign that those skills could be applied to his human relationships.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="90"] Dr. Vagdevi…

Relationship New Year's Resolutions: 3 Ideas to Make Them Stick

By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. Each year, just before my insurance ends, I get my annual checkup, like a routine chore that needs completing. Each year, this small ritual of giving blood and checking on my health status comes and goes unnoticed. Not this year. This year, I had a wake-up call letting me know I am getting older, that years of stressing out and stretching myself thin have left their mark,…

For Guys Only: Three Steps to Being a Better Husband

FOR GUYS ONLY: THREE STEPS TO BEING A BETTER HUSBAND The keys to successful relationships have often seemed somewhat illusive, confusing and difficult to grasp ... especially for those of us of the male gender. But now, after decades of innovative research regarding the inner workings of the relationship world, the data is rolling in. Dr. John Gottman's groundbreaking studies offer us a window into…

The #1 Way to Build A Stronger Connection with your Partner

The #1 Way To Build A Stronger Connection With Your Partner BY DR. SUE JOHNSON DECEMBER 29, 2014 6:22 AM EST  Email Many of us believe that the success of the relationship is determined by what our partner says and does. This is not true: your happiness and fulfillment begins (and ends) all within you. There  Read This is the time of year when we make promises to ourselves. Promises…

The 4 Pillars of Trust - And How They Keep Your Marriage Strong from ModernMarried.com

We all know that a marriage without trust is like a car without gas, it just won't run. Knowing how to regain trust and even better yet, maintain it in the first place is essential to creating a thriving marriage relationship. But did you ever consider that there are different kinds of trust and we need all 4 of them to make our relationship work? This great article on Your Tango talks about the different…

Individual versus Couples Therapy

[caption id="attachment_2576" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Image Source: Shutterstock[/caption] As a couple's therapist, I often have people ask me if they should come individually or with their partner.  Here is my response to that question: If your purpose is to work on your relationship, then it is better to come together (an exception is when there is physical abuse - then couples therapy is…

Enduring Vulnerabilities

[caption id="attachment_2535" align="alignright" width="438"] Image Source: Shutterstock[/caption] Have you ever wondered how some arguments get way out of hand?  It seemed like you were letting your spouse know how you felt about something and what you were upset about.  Then one thing leads to another and there's a blowup followed by a lot of distance.  This is certainly not where you wanted things…

Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Transformed My Life Both Personally and Professionally

[caption id="attachment_2429" align="alignright" width="300"] Katie Lemieux, LMFT[/caption] In January 2014 I had the honor and privilege to attend a Gottman Level I training in Fort Lauderdale, hosted by National Marriage Seminars. I have been in the field for the past 14 years and doing therapy the last 10 years. My areas of focus in my practice are addictions, empowering people, trauma, wellness,…

Accepting Influence: How to have a Successful Marriage

Some of the most powerful and influential leaders of our time can teach us some things about building relationships and rapport with others.  When dealing with unrest and conflict, they will consider what the other side has to say.  They take it in, absorb it, and find out what it means and why this stance is so important.  One such leader was a man named Anatol Rapoport who was an international mediator.…

Couples Therapy: Choosing the Right Counselor

How do you pick a counselor?  How do you know if it's the right person and the right process for your marriage. Do you do an interview process? Do you use a referral from a friend whose situation might be totally different? First and foremost, you want to find somebody who is licensed therapist. Then, you want to see their credentials and what training they have undergone.  You want to make sure they…

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