Posts Tagged ‘couples’

20 Dec

Fostering an Open-Hearted Relationship

The heart is an amazing organ. Whether you are a cardiac surgeon fascinated by its physiology or an athlete dedicated to expanding its capacity, a poet writing to capture its mystery or just an average person loving another person, the heart has long been considered… 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

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

31 Oct

What “We Need Help Communicating” Usually Means

It’s not unusual for couples to notice that they’ve drifted apart after a few years of being together. They gradually notice that they love one another but no longer feel ‘in love’ and miss the closeness they once shared. They remember that when they first… Read More

25 Oct

It’s Just Marriage

We’re quickly arriving at a moment in time when we won’t be talking about “gay marriage” anymore because there won't be a distinction between “gay marriage” and “marriage.” When the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of same sex marriage last week the… Read More

9 Oct

Her Last Boyfriend Was an A**hole

Council for Relationships’ Staff Therapist, George James, Jr., LMFT, discusses how to support a girlfriend who once was in an abusive relationship in Men’s Health Magazine. Read More

7 Jul

Reauthor Your Sex Story

All sorrows can be born if you put them in a story or tell a story about them. ―Isak Dinesen Sex therapy clients have usually done their own research, mining the Internet and talking to friends in an effort to solve their problem before coming… Read More

13 Nov

Useful Books

There are so many books out there on the self-help shelves, that it's often confusing for people to figure out which ones to read and which information to trust. Here is a list of some of the best sources of information for those of you seeking… Read More

14 Oct

Should We Have More Sex? Part 1: Let’s Talk About It

As a sex therapist and educator, I am frequently reminded that our society remains seriously ambivalent about sex. The dominant culture of our time is both fascinated by and repelled by sex. We are bombarded with sexual images, videos, lyrics, billboards and entire TV shows… Read More

23 Jul

A Little Distance Can Make the Heart Grow Fonder

One of the great joys of working with couples in therapy is coaching them on strategies to remove the obstacles that are keeping them from the happy, intimate relationship they are wanting for themselves. It may sound strange but one path to greater closeness is… Read More