Permission for Pleasure

As summer weather quickly approaches, there are a few things that come to mind: sun, sand, and sex. There is something inherently erotic about hot summer nights, sunbaked skin and wearing less clothing that may motivate your mojo. If you, like so many other folx out there, have some hang-ups about experiencing sexual pleasure, here…

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Now More Than Ever, We Need to Empty Our Emotional Jugs

February 3, 2022

The past two years of the pandemic have flooded many of us with more feelings than we have capacity for, which has led to a lot of feelings spilling out. We have all experienced the spillage of those emotions. Maybe our fuses feel shorter, or we are crying more, or maybe we are drinking more…

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Helping Couples Thrive During COVID-19: How Affection and Desire Eases Fear

September 17, 2020

The pandemic is creating unique challenges for couples, even those with happy relationships. What does it mean to thrive during difficult and fearful times? With so much uncertainty as we watch and hear about the numbers of people whose lives are at stake, and many others who have been lost to COVID-19, fear is expressed…

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What Is Sex Therapy?

This blog was originally posted at YourTango and is reposted here with permissions. Here’s how to tell if sex therapy is right for you. How many people have you known who confided in you that they went to a sex therapist or were considering sex therapy for intimacy problems in their marriage? For many people,…

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Survivors of Sexual Violence, We Believe You.

Kristine Seitz, MEd, MSW, LSW is a staff therapist at Council for Relationships Voorhees. She is a sexuality educator and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University.  CW: descriptions of sexual violence I believe survivors.  Period. End of Sentence.  End of paragraph. This should be the end of the story. …

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The Daily Temperature Reading – A Skill for Committed Relationships

September 19, 2018

Yes, you can love someone for a lifetime, but you need the knowledge and skills to maintain and grow the relationship.  It’s not how much you love each other that strengthens a long-term relationship; it’s how you resolve differences and preserve fun and sensuality. Luckily, everyone can learn, practice, and improve their relationship skills. Later…

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My Message to Women: You do not have to suffer in silence

Elyse Stein Batoff, Psychologist, LMFT has years of experience working in the area of Women’s Psychological Health Services. She has offered the emotional support that has been needed by many women as they go through physical changes and issues ranging from infertility, pregnancy, postpartum depression, sexual concerns, and menopause. Collaboration with physicians such as OB/GYN’s…

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Why I recommend “puzzle piece dating” to my single clients

May 16, 2018

Akilah J. Pierre, MFT is a Staff Therapist at our University City office and this month’s Featured Therapist. Ms. Pierre is particularly skilled at working with clients to improve their self-esteem and self-worth, heal from trauma, and cultivate intimacy in their relationships. Read on for the dating advice that she gives to her clients that are looking to…

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Should You and Your Partner be Scheduling Sex?

January 19, 2018

Former Staff Therapist Ben King, MFT specializes in helping couples experiencing difficulties with communication, emotional/physical intimacy, and sexual difficulties. This blog was originally posted on his website and is re-published here with his permission.  Many couples will have less sex later in their relationship compared to the beginning. You may have less time, not feel the same desire,…

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Planning a Wedding? Here’s Why You Should Go to Premarital Counseling

January 5, 2018

Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT helps individuals, couples, and families with communication and relationship skill building. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and highly skilled at coping with stress, anxiety, and depression. You just announced your marriage engagement. Congratulations! As you prepare for your wedding, be sure to place premarital counseling near the top of your to-do…

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Like Great Wine, Sex Can Get Better with Age: Strategies for Satisfying Sex Throughout Your Entire Life

December 19, 2017

Staff Therapist Dr. Alishia Kalos is a licensed psychologist with specialized experience in addressing sexual and relational concerns such as intimacy, communication, desire, arousal, satisfaction, pain, relationship contract negotiation, unusual sexual interests, and sexual behavior challenges. Alishia sees clients at our Center City and Paoli locations.   Sexual health and intimacy are core elements of…

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A Couples Therapist Explains Why Cuffing Season Could Be Good for You

December 12, 2017

Oh the weather outside is frightful… But “Cuffing” is so delightful! What is Cuffing Season? “Cuffing” refers to getting into a committed relationship. “Cuffing Season” is the phenomenon of getting into a serious, committed, sexual relationship for the fall and winter months. According to popular belief, these relationships are often considered temporary, and may dissolve by…

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Why Most Relationship Problems Can’t Be Solved

December 1, 2016

Relationships naturally ebb and flow. Even for the most intimate and closest of partners, communication can break down and devolve into conflict, leading to resentment and stress. How do you keep love alive even when you disagree? You probably have a few regular issues in your relationship that come up on a regular basis.  One of you…

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Confusing the Symbolic with the Real in Coping with Sexual Infidelity

October 21, 2013

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 newlyweds look to the ceremony itself as if it were…

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