As a clinical social worker and therapist, I spend a lot of time speaking with individuals, couples, and groups about feelings. They are a critical piece of how we make positive change and move through life’s challenges. Feelings also offer us critical information about our needs, boundaries, relationships, and the world around us–that is, when […]

Communication

This 3-Step Process Will Help You Feel Your Feelings

This time of year can be stressful for so many of us. We are tested on knowing what our boundaries are and how to stay true to our needs. Some of us are not partnered and that’s okay; even though as humans living in a modern society, we are bombarded with images and messages which […]

Single

How To Get Through The Holidays Single

As a relationship therapist, I often find my clients feel a sense of responsibility for their partner, or family members’ feelings.  My clients feel entangled in the emotions of their loved ones which causes them to develop people pleaser tendencies. They don’t know how to self validate and they try to anticipate, adjust or control their […]

Attachment

How to Self Validate and Stop Being A People Pleaser

How To Cope With Your Anxiety These last few years, Covid-19 has taken it’s toll on all of us. We have been trapped in our homes, shielded our faces behind masks, and distanced from our loved ones. We have felt a plethora of emotions including fear and loneliness. It’s not a secret that now more […]

Anxiety

How To Cope With Your Anxiety

By: Brynne Kessler, MFT John Gottman’s research reflects: couples who stay together the longest are those who allow each other to be influenced by another. In other words, it is important to remain open to your partner’s perspective. As a couple’s therapist, I often witness couples get stuck in the communication challenge of needing to be […]

Communication

Do You Need To Be Right? Why fixating on right and wrong could hurt your relationship

By Kirsten Lyons, LSW Finding ways to care for ourselves in times of stress is critical to support our mental health. But sometimes when we are overwhelmed it can be difficult to identify what would help us feel better. That’s why I often recommend my clients create a self-care playbook to take some of the […]

Anxiety

Feeling low? Here’s How To Develop A Self Care Playbook

Are you or your partner considering opening up your relationship? Even though open relationships aren’t often talked about, they are becoming more popular. Today, somewhere between 4% and 9% of adults in the US are non-monogamous, and 1 in 5 Americans say they’ve experienced an open partnership. Keep reading to get a better understanding of how non-monogamy works, […]

Open Relationships

Considering Opening Up Your Relationship? Here’s What You Should Know

How often do you and your partner have sex? A couple’s sex life can be an important indicator of how healthy their relationship is. So if you or your partner are struggling with low desire or libido, it could be stemming from unrelated factors that you don’t even know about. Keep reading our helpful guide […]

Sex

What Can Couples Do When Their Sex Drives Don’t Match?

Have you ever heard of emotional intelligence? Just like everything in life, your relationships take skill and knowledge to work. If you’re not well-equipped, you can quickly run into difficulties and maintaining healthy relationships will be tough! One of the most important skills to learn and understand is emotional intelligence. For relationships, from romantic connections […]

Communication

Emotional Intelligence and How It Can Help Your Relationships

Recovering from sexual trauma can be incredibly hard. It can take time for you to feel like yourself again and even longer for you to be able to rid yourself of the fear your trauma has caused. But, it’s not impossible. Unfortunately, there are countless stories of sexual trauma, but they do show that recovery […]

Trauma

The Stages of Sexual Trauma: Everything You Need to Know

The time after the birth of a new baby is often difficult for new parents. They’re experiencing a lack of sleep, having less time to themselves, and dealing with various hormonal changes. It can be hard for new parents to be intimate, resulting in them not having sex for extended periods of time. If you […]

Sex

New Parents? Here Are Some Reasons Why You Might Not Be Having Sex

In relationships, it’s normal for each person to have their own strengths and weaknesses. When you find the right partner, you’ll complement each other so you both grow as better people. However, there is a fine line you can cross where your relationship goes from dependent to codependent. If this happens, it might be unhealthy […]

Communication

Signs You’re In A Codependent Relationship, and How to Change It