Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

10 Oct

Happily Ever After Requires Hard Work

Staff Therapist Dr. Rita DeMaria, PhD, LMFT, CST specializes in working with individuals and couples who are struggling with relationship, marital and sexual issues.    You meet the right person and fall in love, you marry and live happily ever after… Or do you? Finding… Read More

4 Aug

End of Summer or Never-Ending Summer?

It's mid-August and there are, what feels like, many days left until the kiddos return to school. Camps are completed and vacations are now just (mostly) happy memories. How do we survive the next days with the kids while trying to do some work and stay cool,… Read More

8 May

How to Have an Effective Family Meeting

Our families are the foundations on which our children build their self-esteem and their mental and emotional health. The acceptance they experience and the love they see in their family’s eyes reflect an image for them as the young self develops. Having family meetings can… Read More

30 Apr

9 Communication Tips for Couples

Your greatest contribution to effective communication is clarity, focus, and non-­defensiveness; your second greatest is support for your partner in providing the same. Here are some specific tips: Take responsibility for yourself. When you have an issue, speak up. Don't expect your partner to guess… Read More

2 Apr

Pulling Weeds and Planting Flowers

As spring tempts us with ever warming sun coaxing those first flowers, how can we renew ourselves? I've been following the work of Dr. Ira Byock, Palliative Care Physician at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and leading authority and advocate for improving care throughout the lifespan.… Read More

27 Feb

A Couples Therapist’s Guide to Enhancing Intimacy

Intimacy is at the heart of a strong relationship, and sex in a loving relationship should be the physical embodiment of intimacy that comes from a place of love and connection. Intimacy can be cultivated in many ways, such as spending quality time together, enjoying… Read More

13 Feb

Love and Marriage: Sex and Sensuality are Keys to Success

Dr. Rita DeMaria is a staff therapist and Director of Healthy Relationships and Wellness at Council for Relationships. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s a perfect time for couples to assess the sensuality and intimacy levels in their relationship. Many couples put their intimate sensual… Read More

2 Feb

Tune Out Technology and Tune Into Love

As technology and culture evolve, environmental distractions abound.  Individuals are becoming connected to the digital world at a mind-blowing pace with innumerable opportunities for entertainment and social connection through one’s cell phone or other digital device.  This is often seen gazing out across a busy… Read More

14 Jan

Separation and Divorce

While counseling frequently helps couples to make their marriages more satisfying, there are also times when counseling can help a couple to decide that they need to bring their marriage to an end. Sometimes people learn in the process of therapy that unresolved conflicts have… Read More

10 Dec

Rules of Engagement: When Adult Children Come Home for the Holidays

For many of us holidays have a sort of sacred meaning with familiar traditions and family togetherness across generations. And then everything changes. Parents and grandparents die. Kids grow up, leave home and bring new people to the table. How can we adapt to change,… Read More