Have you ever stopped to think about the impact of your relationships on your overall physical health? Scientific research over the past several decades has shown unequivocally that high-quality relationships are one of the most important protective factors in preventing disease.
I’ve seen hundreds of clients with chronic health conditions in my office and one of the most common questions they asked is, “How am I going to cope?”
Coping is a concept that all human beings can relate to. When we are under stress of any kind, we are looking for relief. We all want to be able to effectively reduce anxiety and restore equilibrium.
In my last couples therapy blog, I started exploring a common lament that I hear couples make in my office. And that is when one partner turns to the other and says, “You are not the person I married.”
As I explained last time, the realization that your partner is “not the person you married” can be very painful for both partners. But it can also be a critical turning point in your relationship.
It turns out that the statement “You are not the person I married” is grounded in some myths about what it means to be in intimate relationship. In this blog, I am going to talk about the second of these myths.
Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with thousands of people suffering from trauma and a question that I am constantly asked is, “I know I’m not in danger anymore, so why doesn’t my body believe me?”
You may be wondering why it is so hard for your body to let go of painful experiences, even though they are no longer happening. After all, the past is the past, right? So why are you still sweating, shaking and getting a dry mouth every time you are reminded of the scary and dangerous things that happened to you?
How people adapt to chronic illness depends on a wide variety of factors. Everyone is different and everyone’s situation is unique. Your personal experiences, your responsibilities, as well as the resources, coping strategies, and support you have in your life all play a role in determining how you adapt to being chronically ill.
Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with thousands of couples and a statement that I’ve heard over and over in my couples therapy office is when one partner turns to the other and says, “You are not the person I married.” What should you do if you feel this way about your partner?
Have You Been Suffering From Trauma Symptoms For As Long As You Can Remember?
Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of trauma survivors, and a question that I’ve been constantly asked is, “Why should I believe that I can get better?”
When I see clients in my psychotherapy practice who struggle with chronic illness, I’ve found there is one common mistake that they make when thinking about their situation: they tend to compare themselves to other people. Although it is a natural human tendency to compare oneself to others, this can create a great deal of unnecessary pain and suffering.
One of the problems I see play out in my office over and over again is when couples get into an argument and they just can’t seem to make headway. I talked about this in my last couples therapy blog and today, I want to go into more depth about this problem.
One particular problem I see being played out in my office over and over again is when a couple gets into a fight about something that happened in the past because they don’t remember it the same way. The biggest mistake people make in that situation is that they are trying to figure out exactly what happened.
The couples who come to my office for couples therapy are constantly wondering, “What is the secret to creating a lasting relationship?”
The answer is learning to create a relationship that’s based on mutuality. So today, in Part II of How to Build a Lasting Relationship with Your Partner, I’ll be teaching you more about this important principle so you can put it to work for you in your relationship.
Couples often ask me, “What is the secret to creating a lasting relationship?”
The answer is learning to create a relationship that’s based on mutuality. So, today I’m going to talk to you about what mutuality is, why you need it, and what the barriers are to creating it for your relationship.
A large number of people suffering from chronic illness are also chronic pain sufferers. A question that I’ve constantly been asked is, “How do I cope with chronic pain?”
Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with thousands of clients suffering from trauma and a question that I’ve been constantly asked is, “I’ve been to trauma therapy before, but somehow my symptoms keep coming back. How do I get complete resolution?”