3 Tips for your First Counseling Session

3 Tips for your First Counseling Session

One of the the most difficult parts of counseling is finding the right counselor to begin with.  In this post, I offered tips on when and how to find the right counselor.  Once you have your first appointment scheduled, there are several steps you can take to prepare...
How to Handle Unsolicited Advice

How to Handle Unsolicited Advice

Happy November!  This is by far my favorite time of the year.  In fact, my husband and I love this time of year so much he actually proposed around this time!  The following months were filled with holiday parties and engagement celebrations.  At the time, I was...
Learning to Respond to Your Partner

Learning to Respond to Your Partner

One of the most important lessons in couples therapy is learning how to respond rather than react to one another.  This communication tool is simple to learn and understand, yet tremendously important. When you react to someone, you are saying or doing the first thing...
Emotional Support Animal Vs. Service Animal

Emotional Support Animal Vs. Service Animal

Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s) and Service Animals have many similarities, but also several very important distinctions.  I have outlined the specifics for each below, and gathered most of the information from the ADA website.  For more information, please...
When Your Partner Won’t Agree to Couples Counseling

When Your Partner Won’t Agree to Couples Counseling

Every now and then, I hear from someone who is super motivated to start couples counseling, but feels stuck because his or her partner is resistant to the idea.  Talk about feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place!  No matter what your reasons are, if you want to...
Going from Online Dating to Offline Dating

Going from Online Dating to Offline Dating

Happy 4th of July weekend!  However you’re celebrating, I hope you are having a fantastic time.  Last night, my husband and I went out with an old friend of mine, and one of our conversations actually inspired this blog post.  This friend has been in the...
Recovering from Infidelity

Recovering from Infidelity

Recovering from infidelity is possible!  I have seen couples enter the therapy room overwhelmed with feelings of shock, embarrassment, guilt, anger, grief, rage, and fear…and then after a little while, they learn how to turn towards one another, rebuild their...
Infidelity: 3 Basic Truths

Infidelity: 3 Basic Truths

Confession:  Early in my career, I was pretty disinterested in working with clients struggling with infidelity.  If you asked me why, I would probably tell you “I’m not sure I’d know how to help someone repair their relationship after they actively...
Providing Validation

Providing Validation

Validation:  The art of expressing recognition and acceptance of a person’s emotional experience.  So…what does that actually mean?  Most of us have heard the term before, and we tend to be pretty good at recognizing when we are lacking validation from our...