Want some good relationship advice? Couples therapists dish.

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I recently asked 7 couples therapists to weigh-in with their answers to some important relationship questions.  If you are married or in a long-term-monogamous (LTM) relationship, take a couple minutes to read what the experts have to say.  Better yet, read it … Continue reading

Make a Super Manly Starlight Costume for Your Husband (Since You are Being Rainbow Brite for Halloween)

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Rainbow Brite:  Every October since college, I have imagined, just for a night, rolling around in smiles and stripes to become some version of this childhood icon.  This year, I finally fulfill my decade-long dream… Adult costume party to attend:  Check. Striped Socks … Continue reading

4 Ways Our Pasts Affect Our Current Relationships

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Kent, a retired army commander, often discussed his marital struggles in therapy: “Doc, get this:  Marianne said she needed to take a business trip to Chicago with a male coworker. I did just like you would have told me to do- I calmly asked her not … Continue reading

The Loyalty Dilema: Caught Between the Wife and the Mother

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Dear male readers (all seven of you.  Hint hint, please tag your husband and share this article.), Let’s talk about a little dilemma that I too-often hear about in couples therapy:  Your wife is pissed because you won’t tell your overbearing/judgmental … Continue reading

Reader Asks: My stepson’s father sucks.

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Reader Asks: I have a step son who while isn’t “special needs,” he has anxiety and general effort issues. He certainly requires more time and energy than my kids to motivate and disciple. That however is not why I write … Continue reading

Ode to the anxious person’s spouse.

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Dear spouse of a person whose nerves are raw, You are a vision of patience and deserve an applause. How sweetly you listen to Web MD’s diagnosis, When your spouse knows she has deep vein thrombosis. Hail to you when you don’t roll your eyes, When your partner … Continue reading

5 reasons your husband is on Ashley Madison

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This is for the thousands of [mostly] women who recently spelled-out their husband’s email in that little box on the computer screen …. click click click…. and were horrified to see the results…. Here are 5 reasons your husband has an Ashley Madison account: 1) Your … Continue reading

Give awkwardly specific compliments. (advice from a couples therapist).

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I recently read an article about how saying “I love you” to your significant other isn’t enough.  As I often tell the couples I see in private practice, it is important to be specific about the behaviors that you admire and appreciate about each … Continue reading

How to get over an affair in 7 [not at all] easy steps

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By, Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Infidelity is something that affects countless couples. The Kinsey Institute sites research that shows that 20-25% of men and 10-15% of women engage in extramarital sex at least once during their marriage. (Laumann, 1994; Wiederman, 1997).  So, of course, … Continue reading