Couples Cohabitating During Quarantine

April 14, 2020

Written by Briana Bogue, LMFT & Dylan Volpintesta, M.Ed. Briana and Dylan are adhering to the “stay at home” order while managing the different dynamics of their relationship. Read their advice on how to live harmoniously with your spouse during the quarantine.    Whether you’ve just started dating or you’ve been married for decades, COVID-19…

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Working from Home During COVID-19

March 20, 2020

While working from home is a luxury not everyone has, those who can work from home may have trouble transitioning to this modality. Here are some quick tips for staying sane and being productive while you work from your home office or coffee table during social distancing. 1. Create boundaries around your work hours. This…

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How to Become an LGBTQ Competent Therapist

January 28, 2020

Being LGBTQ competent is more than just understanding the mechanics of sex or the use of pronouns. Often, potential clients contact me and tell me that they have had extreme difficulty finding a therapist who is LGBTQ competent. In the interest of developing inclusive therapists, here are some initial actions to becoming LGBTQ competent. Of…

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The Truth About Mental Health and Mass Shootings

August 8, 2019

Council for Relationships Staff Therapist Briana Bogue, LMFT is a therapist, teacher, and advocate. She also serves as Associate Director of Healthy Relationships and Wellness:  psycho-educational skill-building workshops at Council for Relationships. Like everyone else, I am struggling to digest the news of two mass shootings in under 24 hours in this country. My heart…

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A Therapist’s Guide to Speaking Your Truth in #MeToo

March 15, 2018

Content warning: abuse and sexual assault   “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories… For too long, women…

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Four First Date Tips from a Couples Therapist

January 17, 2018

Staff Therapist Briana Bogue, MFT works with young adults, couples, and families who are experiencing distress due to grief and loss, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, conflict, and communication problems. As an adolescent, I frequently got nervous to put myself out there. Socially, I was scared of vulnerability. My mom, trying to be helpful, would say things like, “just…

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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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#MeToo: Why We Need This Now

October 17, 2017

Trigger warning: sexual harassment, sexual violence, and trauma “To hold traumatic reality in consciousness requires a social context that affirms and protects the victim and that joins victim and witness in a common alliance.”- Trauma & Recovery, Herman As a feminist, therapist, and social researcher, I am overjoyed to see women (and all genders) coming…

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Coping with the News of a Mass Shooting: Fighting Fear with Love

October 3, 2017

Waking up in the aftermath of a tragedy is jarring. This morning, I reached for my phone alarm, but before I could press snooze, I was startled by the number of texts from my friends and family. A CNN alert proclaimed a mass shooting. I sat up immediately, shaken from my sleepy fog. Again? Las…

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Know Your Self: Self-Care

September 23, 2016

You are the instrument of your own success. No matter your goal, you cannot achieve it, and you definitely cannot enjoy it, if you are burnt out. Burnout comes in many forms, but signs include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, overwhelm, hopelessness, lack of desire for pleasure, and irritability. Children can experience similar symptoms if they are…

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Know Your Stress: Get Organized! Stress Beating Tips for Parents and Families

September 14, 2016

Life’s demands can be overwhelming, especially during the transition back to school. These simple tips can help create more order and less chaos in your brain and in your life. I have separated these tips into two posts: Know Your Stress: Get Organized and a follow up post Know Your Self: Self-Care. Both are important for…

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Kindergarten Wall, A poem about children and stress

September 7, 2016

Children are amazing little seeds that will someday grow into wise and sturdy trees. Parents, teachers, and therapists are some of the most helpful resources and advocates for today’s children. With so much going on in the world, so many expectations in school, and abundant research on how childhood relationships shape young people long into…

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Meet Briana Bogue, MFT, our Featured Therapist for September!

September 1, 2016

Every month, Council for Relationships highlights one of our staff therapists on the blog. September’s Featured Therapist Briana Bogue is a Couple and Family Therapist whose integrative practice revolves around each client’s goals and strengths. Check out our brief interview to learn more about Briana.  Could you tell us a little about yourself? I am…

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