Category Archives: Relationships

What Some Couples Forget
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My wife and I often read a book together, out loud, typically in the evenings at the end of the day. Our current book is called “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty. We just are into the first few chapters … Continue reading

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Questions to Consider as You Explore & Enhance Your Sexuality
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Despite your history and experiences, you have a right to experience and express your sexuality in ways that fit you. Take time to create a healthy meaning for sex that fits you that may be separate from what you have … Continue reading

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It’s Spring!
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It finally feels like winter is over. As we move into spring and experience the changing seasons, I’ve been talking with clients about what Dr. William Doherty, psychologist and marriage therapist at the University of Minnesota, calls the Minnesota winter … Continue reading

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Guidelines for Successful Conflict Resolution
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BEFORE THE CONFLICT Normalize conflict and don’t view it as a sign of impending doom or dysfunction in your relationship. It’s natural for all couples to have disagreements, even those deeply in love and closely compatible. Early in the process … Continue reading

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Learning to Be Comfortable with Negative Emotion
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On Fridays, Mark and I split the work day and tend our four month old granddaughter.  When her face lights up with a huge toothless grin, or she bursts into a laugh, my entire body feels the joy and wants … Continue reading

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LISTENING INVENTORY
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Knowledge and awareness are the first steps toward skill development. Let’s take a look at how well you listen today. This assessment will make you aware of the wide spectrum of listening behaviors. Carefully consider each question and indicate whether … Continue reading

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Chill Out!
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I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about calming down when you are fighting. If your fights are escalating to the point that one or both of you feels overwhelmed, you could be experiencing diffuse physiological arousal (DPA). Dr. … Continue reading

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How to Respond to Your Children About the Tragedy in Connecticut
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Many of us have watched the news today from Connecticut and find it difficult to comprehend that such terrible things continue to happen in our country.  Some of us may attempt to deal with such actions by trying to search … Continue reading

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Slow Down This Holiday Season
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We are fully into the holiday season and one of the most common complaints that I hear about from clients this time of year is that they are too rushed/committed/tired/overbooked, or any variation on that theme.  Here is the message … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Feel More Joy
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Are these gray, winter days leaving you in a funk? There are things you can do to feel more happiness. Stanford psychologist, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of “The How of Happiness” (http://chass.ucr.edu/faculty_book/lyubomirsky/) has found that there are parts of the … Continue reading

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