Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Honor of Trauma Bonds

I may get some flak for my perspective. However, at this point I’ve dealt with this topic to the point that I think I’ve had enough. There is an underlying system of spousal/partner abuse I have observed with many of the couples I see. For ...

Testing 1-2-3 Is He (or She) Ready for...

One of life’s biggest events is getting married. If you want to marry, how do you know if he (or she) is right for...

Living with an Anxious Spouse

Living with an Anxiety Disorder is typically associated with a great deal of personal distress, but it can be difficult on the partners of those...

To Understand Marriage, Divorced People Are Key

Divorced people have a different health profile than those who stay married. By examining the health of divorced people, we can learn something about what makes people more likely to be healthy or less so, in relation to their marital status. In the a...

What My Husband Wished He Had Known Before We Got Married

The other day, over coffee and a Duolingo break, I asked my husband “what are some things you wish you had known about marriage…before we got married?” Yes, I went there. Even though we have been together for years (nearing a decade...

The Boys in the Boat—Good Marriage Advice

By Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW What does a great marriage look like to you? A couple living in harmony for a lifetime of romance,...

Overcoming Infidelity: Reconnecting and Rebuilding

The summer of 2015 the breach of the Ashley Madison cheating website left many marriages affected and even allegedly led to five suicides in the United States and Canada. It left many couples wondering, “Can a marriage be saved after an affair?&r...

Why My Husband is NOT My Other Half

“My husband doesn’t complete me.”   Words once spoken through my own gritting teeth, I now say to my own husband. And he gets it.   I cannot let him hold that responsibility. Through lots of time, education, and my own &...

How Gratitude Can Make You More Attracted To Your Partner

In relationships, the tendency to criticize and search for shortcomings in our partner can often supersedes all other thought processes. Unfortunate, really. Or…perhaps, an opportunity to rediscover our partner in a new light. Taking the time to...

“Mundane” is not “Insignificant”

The courtship had been romance-novel perfect.  There were grand gestures – he filled her apartment with long-stemmed red roses; she packed a gourmet picnic basket and drove him to a secluded beach.  He picked her up after work one ...

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