Some People Fear That Couples Counseling Will Be Bad for Their Marriage. It’s not! Here’s why.

Posted By: on October 16, 2018
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If you think that couples counseling will be bad for your marriage, you’re misinformed. It’s actually a way to strengthen your bond, get past disagreements, and help you and your spouse become better communicators with one another. Marriage counseling is ideal for men and women at any stage of their relationship (married or not). In fact, Psychology Today Author Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge states that “Couples who engage in premarital counseling have a more realistic view of marriage and a de

Mindfulness: A Buddhist Idea Takes Root in Everyday Mental Health

Posted By: on January 04, 2017
Over the last few years, the concept of mindfulness has taken hold in the west. While many eastern cultures have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for centuries, western countries are just now catching on. The practice of mindfulness began around 1500 BCE as a part of the yogic practice of Hindus. Around 500 BCE, Buddhists adopted their own take on mindfulness by practicing breathing and deep focus. Certain meditative practices spread to Judeo-Christian leaders throughout the Middle Age

Dealing With A Narcissist

Posted By: on November 09, 2016
The term narcissist gets thrown around a lot. We use it to tease our friends when they’re acting self-absorbed. While everyone is a little self-centered at least sometimes, narcissism is an entirely different ballgame. Narcissism is an extreme interest in one’s self, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents, looks or personality. People with high levels of narcissism may be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), which effects about 1 percent of the population. It’s cha

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Emotional Issues Today

Posted By: on September 15, 2016
Our family of origin, or the family that we grew up with, impacts us for the rest of our lives. Family of origin could mean biological or adoptive parents, siblings or grandparents or any other childhood caregiver.  They influence so much of our lives and behaviors, from our diets to our cleaning habits. Our families also impact our emotional issues (or lack of, if we’re fortunate). If we can recognize how our family of origin impacts our emotional behaviors, we can work toward correcting neg

How to Deepen Your Connection with Your Partner and How Couples Counseling Can Help

Posted By: on June 02, 2016
Relationships do not always go as planned. There will be some bumps and some curves. A healthy relationship is not one where both parties are always happy. It is one where tough times and disagreements can be worked out…together. There is always room for improvements and ways to deepen the relationship. The most important thing to keep in mind is that a healthy relationship is a two-way street that gets fixed over and over.Accept their quirks and interests. A common reason why relationships fa