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Managing Expectations in Relationships

Managing Expectations in Relationships

Couples Counseling Bethesda, MD I don’t know how many of you have seen 500 Days of Summer, but the scene that juxtaposes expectation and reality is one that has always stood out to me. This three-minute scene perfectly captures the disappointment we often feel when our reality does not meet our expectations. Sometimes we set ourselves up with lofty expectations that would probably never truly happen, other times our idea of how something should...

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Is Love a Choice?

Is Love a Choice?

Couples Therapy Bethesda, MD In college, I remember having a conversation in the dorms with a bunch of friends about love and relationships. One of my friends had a clear opinion: love is a choice. Most of us reacted to this statement with, “what do you mean love is a choice?!” The rest of the group had more romantic ideals of love, talking about feeling a spark, or love at first sight- love was decidedly not simply a choice. Many years later,...

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Relationships are Like Cars

Relationships are Like Cars

You know when that warning light comes on in your car- maybe the check oil light, or another bright symbol on the dashboard? I tend to ignore it and think, oh it’ll go away on its own at some point… Some of us take great care of our cars, regularly scheduling maintenance and staying proactive about problems. The tires have the right amount of air, we are attuned to changes in how the car drives. Others of us let the tires run ragged or might...

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Learning to Lean Into the Discomfort

Learning to Lean Into the Discomfort

Therapist in Bethesda, MD Many clients who have worked with me have heard me say lean into the discomfort. I first heard this phrase at some point in my therapy training, and it was not something that I immediately gravitated toward. What does that even mean? and why would I want to do that? were likely some of the first thoughts that popped into my head. Now, I know how important this process can be. It’s something that I’ve had to practice,...

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Accepting “Good Enough”

Accepting “Good Enough”

Couple’s Counseling Bethesda, MD Many us of in this day and age have some, shall we say, “perfectionist” tendencies. It’s perfectly normal to feel as though you’re not doing enough in a fast-paced and competitive world. We want to work harder, do better, and of course push our kids to strive for the same things. Of course there are values in these things; but, I think that many of us would benefit from cutting ourselves some...

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