MD: (240) 752-7650
VA: (703) 372-9448
Call or Email Us Today
Schedule an Appointment
We're Here Weekends and Evenings!

Blog

How to help a partner cope with depression

Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How to help a partner cope with depression

Depression Therapy in Bethesda, MD If your partner is depressed, you may feel alone, helpless, resentful, and exhausted. It is so hard to watch someone you love suffer and not know how to help them. Oftentimes, we talk about depression as if it only affects the person who is depressed. However, research tells us that untreated depression poses a very real threat to relationships: in marriages where one of the partners struggles with depression, the divorce rate is nine times higher. Here are some tips to help your partner (and your...

read more

Marriage Therapy and the Affair

Posted by on July 11, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Marriage Therapy and the Affair

I am guessing it is no surprise to anyone that marriage therapists work with the issue of infidelity a lot.  Oftentimes, the majority of my caseload is made up of couples struggling with infidelity in one form or another.  Some of their marriages will survive it and some will not, but there are several key issues that need to be addressed in order for the couple to have a fighting chance.  The earlier these happen, the better the chance of success. The affair must be over – This one seems obvious but ambivalence about ending an affair...

read more

What are you doing right?

Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What are you doing right?

Individual Therapy in Bethesda MD Sometimes I have the impression that we are pretty good at identifying what is wrong, what should be fixed in our lives and in our relationships. It may take us just a few seconds to come up with a list of “what we need to work on.” The items on this list could be about ourselves, about those we love, or about our relationships. Sure, there might always be room for growth. Being able to identify things to change may involve courage, since it could take significant energy, time and effort to make...

read more

Sustaining your Relationship during Major Life Transitions

Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sustaining your Relationship during Major Life Transitions

If you’re reading this anywhere along the east coast, I’m sure you’re experiencing the same sweltering heat that we are in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. It seems as though it came from nowhere; one minute, the temperature was in the 70s and the next we were just a few digits shy of 100 degrees. I know many people who were anxiously awaiting this warm weather, ready to shed their jackets and pants in favor of sleeveless shirts and shorts. Others (myself including) dreaded the impending heat and humidity, knowing that it...

read more

Happiness Beyond the Honeymoon

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Happiness Beyond the Honeymoon

Couples Counseling in Bethesda, MD Wedding and engagement season is upon us. If you’re like me, your social media feed is full of happy couples tying the knot and wedding guests dressing to impress. Flowers, food, dancing – guests will remember the big day and then head back out to their normal lives. For the bride and groom however, their special day is just the beginning of a lifetime as married partners. Many couples get caught up in the stress and details of planning their wedding. It’s hard not to, especially with the pressure of...

read more

How to create a positive relationship

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How to create a positive relationship

Several weeks ago, my husband and I adopted a dog from the shelter. Though both of us grew up with dogs, we were new to adopting an older dog, with an unknown history. The counselor at the shelter recommended obedience classes, specifically positive reinforcement training. Positive reinforcement is based on the idea that any creature – dog, cat, or human – is more likely to learn and repeat behaviors that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. Sounds obvious, right? When I ask my dog to “stay” and she complies, she gets a treat....

read more

Running Uphill

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Running Uphill

My favorite form of torture, I mean exercise, is running. I have found nothing quite as satisfying as running outside in the fresh air and being able to just step out my front door to exercise. As anyone who exercises knows, exercise gives you time to clear your mind and think a lot.  Sometimes I do my best thinking while I am running which has led to me coming up with some great running analogies.  So, humor me a bit while I share these gems! I want to let you in on a secret about running – I sometimes hate it.  I literally feel...

read more

DIVORCE AND FOUR-LEGGED LOVED ONES

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a couples counselor, I meet with couples who are often struggling with their relationship and need a third party to help bring clarity to the situation. Sometimes, though, ingrained relationship problems can result in the end of the relationship or divorce, in the case of married couples. There is a lot to be determined when it comes to the best way to amicably separate. The often unheard story is how to manage the pets. Below, our friend and contributor Brandy Austin, Esq. gives us some insight into this emotionally difficult, all too...

read more

Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Individual Therapy Bethesda, MD If I asked you to pinpoint your stress level on a continuum between “Life is full of sunshine and rainbows” and “Oh my gosh, I am staggering under the weight of all of my responsibilities and obligations,” what would you say? Go ahead, think about it for a minute. I’d venture to guess that most people fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum (i.e., “I’m juggling a lot of things but I can still function relatively well”), but there are far too many others who are tottering dangerously close to that...

read more

Managing Expectations in Relationships

Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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 be is so firmly entrenched, that there is little wiggle room for any departures from this picture....

read more
WordPress Lightbox