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    What Are You Afraid of?

    “I’d really love to visit my mom for Mother’s Day, but I’d have to get on a plane.”   Regina is terrified of flying, and the fear makes her feel weak. Phobias like the fear of flying, or aerophobia, are painful and scary because they provoke deep-seated reactions. Even though our logical mind tells us […]

    Your Internal Family: Finding Harmony in the Parts

    “I’m of two minds about that.” “On the one hand…” “I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m excited and scared at the same time.”   Most of us have said things like this from time to time, but what do these phrases really mean? Internal family systems (IFS) is an approach to therapy […]

    I Want You: Why Desire Matters in Healthy Relationships

    Sexual desire may naturally wax and wane over the course of a relationship, but there are reasons why it’s critically important to cultivate that desire.   Beth and Eli are typical of many couples. Since the birth of their first child five years ago, the challenges of working and childcare left little time, energy and […]

    Infidelity: In the Eye of the Beholder

    Are you guilty of infidelity? While the conventional definition of infidelity is an intimate act with someone who’s not your partner, there are many other things that can damage trust. Whether or not sex is involved, you can — perhaps unintentionally — cause an attachment injury with severe consequences for your relationship.   An attachment […]

    The Science of Happiness

    Results of a multiyear study of happiness — the longest ever done — are in. The Harvard Study of Adult Development began in 1938 and has followed hundreds of people to help discover what makes them thrive.   The research found that what made the most difference in participants’ lives, what made them happy, was […]

    Help Me Help You

    Making the decision to engage in couples therapy can be difficult. You might feel it’s an admission that you’re somehow failing as a partner, or that your partner is failing you. But reaching out for professional help is a positive step — it means you care about the relationship.   Having made the decision to […]

    Finding Your Unique Path Through Grief

    Grief is a natural part of life. Inevitable losses — of a spouse or relationship, a pet, a friendship — can provoke pain and a sense of profound emptiness. While there’s plenty of well-meaning “how to” information available, grief is a unique experience for every individual, so being sensitive to your unique circumstances and reactions […]

    Put Feelings Before Figures When Fighting Over Finances

    More than four in 10 married couples in the U.S. report that they argue about money. So if you and your spouse are fighting about how much to spend on your upcoming theme park vacation or whether you can afford a new SUV, you’re not alone. Money fights are notorious for the stress they can […]

    Feel Before You Fix

    A successful physician, Jack is admired and praised by colleagues and clients. Patients often tell him how grateful they are for his ability to diagnose — and fix — conditions that afflict them. He’s less successful at home, however. He loves his wife, Jennifer, but when she shares her exhaustion around managing her responsibilities at […]

    Living — Together — With ADHD

      Living with a partner who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or living with a partner while having ADHD, can be challenging at times. Compensatory ADHD strategies can work well for both individuals and the relationship. Remember, you’re in this together.   ADHD is a cluster of behaviors that can include hyperactivity, difficulty maintaining […]

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