No type of therapy can be more vulnerable, intense, or rewarding than family therapy! At the same time, family therapy is often the most misunderstood and the most resisted type of therapy.
In many cases, the road to the first session is a long and perilous one, fraught with shame, guilt, anger, and self-condemnation. Those brave enough to walk through the therapists’ doors had often overcome ingrained misgivings, judgements, prejudices, shame, or embarrassment.
The best and worst advancement of modern society, ‘the screen’… It allows us to work faster, to be more productive, think bigger, and communicate instantly while having dinner, driving a car, and spending time with others. No longer able to leave the office behind at the end of the day, we are always ‘on’.
When confronted with a temper tantrum in the produce isle or a teenager’s sass at a family function, few (very few!) are likely to think “Yay! Here’s a teaching moment!” Most just try to get through the situation with minimal losses and get back to the hustle and bustle of life.
Spring is in the air…again…and, hopefully, it’s here to stay. The days are becoming longer, brighter and cheerier, and with that, we begin to feel more energized and inspired with the sense of renewal. Spring cleaning anyone?
It’s also a great time for us to take stock of our relationships. After a winter of hibernation, we are becoming awake with passion and zest for life. Does our relationship still fill us up? Does it still nourish our souls? Or does it need a little dusting off and airing out?
Not to worry! We scoured our archives and pulled together for you the ultimate Relationship Spring Cleaning Guide!
My husband inspired this blog. For our anniversary he must have gotten me something, probably an expensive outfit from my favorite store or a delicious dinner at a farm-to-table restaurant, but I don’t remember. What I do remember is the beautiful letter he wrote to me. I know he worked on it for a while and it brought me to tears.
I put it away somewhere safe, where I will pull it out and read it again over the years. I hope to share it one day with my children to show them what a love letter looks like.
Within the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy to fall into a routine of managing calendars and To-Do lists. As a result, time for connecting with loved ones often takes a back seat to the steady flow of “what’s next”.
The holidays can be a challenging time of year for couples, especially those celebrating together for the first time or as newlyweds.
Conflict can arise between partners when we aren’t mindful of our own expectations and hopes, when our expectations are in conflict with our partner’s, and when pressure (from yourself and others) results in anxiety and worry.
Here is what you can do to ensure a smooth joining of holiday traditions, conflict and stress-free celebration of the season, and a joy-filled time with your love.
We know where you are right now: scared, hurt, alarmed, uncertain, excited, and frustrated. We know—we are there too. This election has been tough on all of us, regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum. It has been polarizing, dividing, and agitating. But, above all—it has been exhausting.
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