Who doesn’t love a wedding? But with months and months of planning, it only lasts a short while – and then there’s the marriage. If history is prologue, neither former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, nor longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, had great role models for marital bliss. And that’s even without the religious issues – she […]
Got Relationship Blues?
Hint: Stop Criticizing Why endless criticism is doomed to failure. Published on April 4, 2014 by Mark Banschick, M.D. in Psychology Today Look at your relationship. The problems seem obvious. But, what are the solutions? This guest blog by Heather Edwards, breaks down relationship problems into a digestible form,making it easier for you to do what’s needed to be happier. The Good […]
5 Pro-Sexual Scripts to Improve Your Sex Life
It’s all too easy to function on auto-pilot. Richard Nicastro, Ph.D., a Psychologist and Marriage/Couples Counselor in Las Cruces, New Mexico talks about the mental scripts that influence our thought and behavior patterns on a conscious and unconscious level. Whether we realize it or not, they are our constant companion – we even take them […]
Arguments as Opportunities for Intimacy and Empathy in Your Relationship
Many couples find themselves repeating the same fight. The patterns become habitual and ineffective ways of meeting needs and resolving conflict. But what if couples hit the pause button and first determined their goal? Before responding to your partner consider this, “What is most important to me? Is it the quality of this relationship or […]
5 Easy Tips to Strengthen Your Marriage
In this blog written by Heather Edwards, LMHC and Mark Banschick, MD originally published in Psychology Today, five simple tips are offered to breathe new energy into your marriage. It’s Time to Kick-Start Your Marriage: It’s easy to get caught up in work, childcare, managing your home, and keeping up with bills. The day to […]
Transition to the Five-to-One Ratio
The following is from the book “Fire Up Your Communication Skills” (ISBN 09657620-6- 8) by Fire “Captain Bob” Smith. He is a recognized expert and speaker/author on stress, communication and relationship skills. He is a humorist, coach, entrepreneur and frequent talk show guest. He also produces customized presentations for career and personal growth. To book […]
Critiquing “Hope Springs”: Find out what you won’t learn about couples’ counseling and sex therapy from the movie.
The following review has been written from the perspective of a sex therapist, Dr. Barbara Bartlik, MD (http://drbarbaramd.com/) and Gary Krane, PhD, co-founder of couplewise.com. The recently released movie, “Hope Springs,” depicts couples’ counseling and in a sensitive and realistic manner, providing viewers with a glimpse of what couples’ therapy actually is like. In addition, […]
“Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’” by Jason DeParle, New York Times
Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’ By JASON DePARLE ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jessica Schairer has so much in common with her boss, Chris Faulkner, that a visitor to the day care center they run might get them confused. They are both friendly white women from modest Midwestern backgrounds who left for college with conventional hopes […]
New Study on Empathy in Relationships
By Sharon Jackson “Men like to know when their wife or girlfriend is happy while women really want the man in their life to know when they are upset,” according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. The article titled, “Women Happier in Relationships When Men Feel Their Pain,” “The study involved […]
Does Couples Therapy Work?
By Sharon Jackson The recent New York Times article, “Does Couples Therapy Work?” touched upon an interesting dilemma among practicing therapists who treat couples. That dilemma being how difficult it is to sit in a room with two people, who in most cases, are at war with each other. Dr. Barbara Bartlik, M.D., has this to […]