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    Compartmentalization: The Good and the Bad

      Avoiding emotions is often an unhealthy — or at least unhelpful — reaction, but not always. Compartmentalization is one type of avoidance. And at times, it can be a crucial strength, rather than a weakness.   Compartmentalizing, or putting aside conscious thought about a situation or emotion to avoid engaging with it, can be […]

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    Couples Therapy for You — And Your Kids

    If you or your partner are hesitant about couples therapy, think about this: Like a wildfire, dysfunction in the relationship between parents doesn’t end where it starts. It spreads, and children are the first ones in its path of destruction. While couples therapy is primarily designed to help partners establish a healthy, flourishing relationship, the […]

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    Can You Learn Your Way Out of a Bad Marriage?

    Can You Learn Your Way Out of a Bad Marriage?

      Few things can have a greater impact on your happiness than the quality of your marriage. Yet, children spend more time in school learning about abstract mathematical concepts than about what makes a marriage succeed.   Marriage education has a long and complicated history, as much of it was directed at reinforcing social or […]

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    Life Tools vs. Quick Fixes

    Partners beginning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) sometimes ask for “tools” to help improve their relationship. The research-based tools of EFT are not “just do this” or “try to remember that.” Instead, the life tools that I work to give them include hope, transparency and agency.   The longing for connection and desire to reduce […]

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    3 Tips to Improve Sleep

      In a previous blog, we talked about the three fundamentals of emotional balance: eating, sleeping and moving. Of these three, sleep is often the trickiest.   Just because you’ve made time for sleep doesn’t mean it will necessarily come — or come easily when it does. The need for sleep varies between individuals, but […]

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    For Better Mental Health: Eat, Sleep, Move

    If you talk to a therapist about anxiety or depressed mood, it’s likely they’ll point to three primary behaviors that can have a big impact: eating, sleeping and exercise. Lack of rest, poor nutrition and inactivity can feed depression and anxiety. And while there are certainly other factors that can also affect mood, these three […]

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    Do You Suffer From Anhedonia? What To Do When You Just Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

    When your mood is low, you may find that you’ve lost interest in activities or relationships that were once a staple part of your life and made you happy. In psychology, such loss of interest or pleasure in people and things that were previously enjoyed is known as anhedonia.   Anhedonia can occur during normal […]

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    Repairing Misattunement is an Opportunity for Growth

    Have you ever found yourself crosswise with someone — a friend, a co-worker, a significant other or even your therapist? Maybe you felt your relationship was suddenly out of balance? Of course you have. Everyone has.   That “out of balance” feeling is called misattunement: A moment when we’re misunderstood, out of synch and confused […]

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    Sexual Myth-buster: Emily Nagoski’s Come as You Are

    A lot of science has been done on female sexuality, but many people act on and are affected by damaging beliefs shaped by shopworn myths and stereotyped media portrayals. The book Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., has helped a number of my clients unwind that thinking. You might assume I recommend Nagoski’s […]

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    I Just Don’t Feel Like Being Around Anyone Right Now

    “I just don’t feel like being around people. I want to sit at home and read or watch TV by myself. Is there something wrong with me? Am I okay?”   This is a common question I hear from individuals dealing with difficult life events. My first response is, “Yes, you’re okay. That inclination can […]

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