Understanding Infidelity

By National Marriage Seminars / July 28, 2020 /

“Double Betrayal” Makes it WorseDr. William Bumberry With the central pillar of relationships  based on trust and connection, it’s not surprising that infidelity changes everything … in a flash.  While betrayals come in many shapes and sizes, the betrayal of infidelity may be the most painful of all.  The dual components of emotional, as well…

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Creating Connections, Couples Therapy & Robbing Banks

By National Marriage Seminars / June 28, 2020 /

Why do you rob banks?Because that’s where the money is.…… Willie Sutton Why should you attend Creating Connections?Because that’s where the emotions are.…… Attachment Theory These simple words of notorious bank robber Willie Sutton reveal a basic understanding of how to succeed in any chosen profession.  Start simple and stay with the heart of the…

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Caring Versus Caretaking

By National Marriage Seminars / May 28, 2020 /

By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. A child is playing ball with her father in the backyard with great excitement and joy because she is the center of his attention and sees him enjoying their game.  Minutes later the child takes a wild swing and ball flies way outside the father’s reach and falls down in a…

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A Non-Medical View of Health

By National Marriage Seminars / April 28, 2020 /

By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. Health is not a negative.  Health is NOT the absence of disease.  To be healthy does not mean to survive or make it through life, with average daily living skills.   Health is not measured in symptoms, signs, or charts.  Health is not the functional measure of specific organs or body parts.…

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Safe Haven in Ottawa, CA

By National Marriage Seminars / March 28, 2020 /

By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. In the middle of May, I had an opportunity to travel to Ottawa, Canada with Chris Cambas of National Marriage Seminars to participate in a one of a kind experience.   We were there to nurture our bond with Dr. Sue Johnson but also to help her throw a Twitter Party.  …

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Attachment Styles

By National Marriage Seminars / February 28, 2020 /

By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. “I just feel so abandoned by him”, she says.  A twitching muscle in her jaw is the only clue to the tension she carries in her body.  “Even our dog feels so abandoned that he leaves little pools of urine by the front door”. As Susie is saying this, Dirk sits…

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Effective Couples Therapy: Stand Up and Stand Out

By National Marriage Seminars / January 28, 2020 /

By Vagdevi Meunier Psy.D.April 28, 2015 Generally speaking, a private psychotherapy practice is an isolated activity.  I remember dreaming of the day when I would open my own practice, hang out my shingle, and the clients would pour in, wanting my services.  Right?  Well, not exactly.  The first couple of months in my newly formed…

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5 Ways to Provide More Effective Couples Therapy

By National Marriage Seminars / December 28, 2019 /

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 therapy among our modalities felt worried and sometimes isolated in…

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“15 MORE Ways to Make Your Relationship Sizzle This Summer”

By National Marriage Seminars / November 28, 2019 /

I know you are probably reading the title and asking yourself, “Where did I miss the original 15 ways to make my relationship sizzle?”  Guess what you haven’t!  If you like this fun list of ideas and want more at the end of this blog just click on the hyperlink to get an additional 15…

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3 Strategies to Get Over the Fear of Being Alone

By National Marriage Seminars / October 28, 2019 /

Imagine you’re having dinner with friends.  While catching up, you listen to them talk about their wonderful, positive relationships.  When it’s your turn, they ask, ‘So how about you’?  You pause and realize you’re the ONLY one who isn’t happy with your relationship.  Come to think of it, you’ve been settling for someone just for…

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