Author Archive: April Westfall, PhD

27 Aug

The Family – And Now the Nation – That Howls Together

On April 23, while watching the PBS News Hour’s coverage of – what else – our nation’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, I received a delightful surprise at the close of the program. The scene moved to Missoula, Montana, where they filmed local residents on… Read More

18 Feb

Thoughts from the Movie “Boyhood”

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The Oscar-nominated film Boyhood takes us on a young man's journey through 12 years. The poignant movie shows the mistakes and triumphs of one family, with parts that we can all relate to. We asked our therapists to share their thoughts from the movie. Read their feelings… Read More

21 Oct

Confusing the Symbolic with the Real in Coping with Sexual Infidelity

April Westfall, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist & Senior Staff Therapist in the University City and Wynnewood Offices. With our divorce rate for first-time marriages in the US continuing to hover around 50% - and even higher for those previously married couples - not surprisingly, many… Read More

14 Jan

Moving Beyond the Betrayal: Why Some Couples Are Able to Get Past a Partner’s Infidelity More Easily than Others

Infidelity and affairs in marriage and our committed relationships have been around forever and will continue to be so. No couple, however happy and well suited to each other, can completely escape the possibility of it happening to them. Most affairs are conducted in secret… Read More

15 Nov

Takeaways from an Early Fall Vacation

I recently returned from a week's vacation on Martha's Vineyard and my mind can easily wonder back to my leisurely time there, even as I resign myself to the usual hustle and bustle that comes with the fall season for most of us. A longtime… Read More