Opposites attract, but do they last?

You’re an introvert, they’re an extrovert. You need quiet when you first wake up, they need loud audio stimulation. Your idea of a date night is a quiet evening, their idea is a night on the town. I often see opposites attracted to each other. Someone quick to anger is paired with someone who stays [Read more...]

Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors

  There are all types of factors to collect about the the marital dyad. In my next blog of this series, I will go over the areas that the authors of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict explain as key to assess when developing a treatment plan.  Emotional Climate To begin, the authors describe [Read more...]

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Receiving Gifts

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation - covered in my blog here! 2) Quality Time - covered in my blog here! 3) Receiving Gifts 4) Acts of Service 5) Physical Touch If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t worry! First, I encourage you and your partner to discover your own love [Read more...]

Now You’re Speaking my Love- Language: Quality Time

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation – covered in my last blog here! 2) Quality Time 3) Receiving Gifts 4) Acts of Service 5) Physical Touch If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t worry! First, I encourage you and your partner to discover your own love languages by taking [Read more...]

By |2019-04-08T14:33:25-06:00April 8th, 2019|Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on Now You’re Speaking my Love- Language: Quality Time

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Words of Affirmation

Imagine that you’re visiting another country and you find yourself lost. You go up to the next person you see and, in clear, perfect English, ask for directions. The person also responds clearly and perfectly – but in their own language. You both go back-and-forth for a few minutes, trying to get the other person [Read more...]

By |2019-04-22T16:34:44-06:00March 19th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Words of Affirmation

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. This year, the Lunar New Year started on February 5th, 2019, and it also marked the beginning of the Year of the Pig. Yes, you heard right – Year of the Pig! Similar to sun/mood signs [Read more...]

By |2019-02-21T09:08:06-06:00February 21st, 2019|Adult Counseling, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 2

Caring for the Mess-Maker

My toddler recently got the stomach bug. Even worse, he projectile vomited all over the rug in front of a friend that was at my house for the first time. Later that day, I was giving him a bath without having first finished cleaning up all of the accidents around the house. That’s when it hit [Read more...]

By |2019-02-14T09:43:41-06:00February 13th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Caring for the Mess-Maker

Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1

For most of us, the holiday festivities are long gone and we’re already weeks deep into the new year. For those that celebrate Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, though it is observed by numerous Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and more), the biggest event of the year [Read more...]

By |2019-02-06T08:23:25-06:00February 6th, 2019|Communication, Couples Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Your Love Life in the Year of the Pig: Part 1

Givers, Takers, and Matchers

The best lessons for marriage can sometimes come from resources unrelated to the topic. For example, Adam Grant wrote an intriguing book called Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. This book is intended for a business audience, but I also believe there are crossover elements for intimate relationships. His theories detail 3 categories of [Read more...]

Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance!” Oscar Wilde Many consider February 14th the Day of Love. It is Hallmark’s most famous day of the year. Although for several, Valentine’s Day is not a warm day with chocolates given to them by their significant other. It is a day marked with memories [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T14:53:38-06:00February 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day