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Valentine’s Day Relationship Skill: Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now 

by Joni Mitchell

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

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Valentine’s Day DIY Romantic Body Massage Oil

Banish those negative feelings! Nurturing your connection is important. It’s important to connect positively every day! Research by John Gottman, Ph.D.,  the grandaddy of  marriage counseling, shows that for every negative interaction, five positive ones are needed to compensate to keep up a positive balance of feelings.  Happy, stable marriages naturally fall into the 5:1 ratio. The good news is you can consciously make an effort to happily tease your partner, be interested in what s/he has to say, or spontaneously burst into song and dance in the living room!

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Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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Istock/Brosa

I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Three: Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotion Focused Therapy: Modifying Adult Attachment Patterns

 

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Istock/DNY59

Today we’ll examine some of the concepts of Dr. Sue Johnson’s work in relationship therapy. I draw heavily on her work as well Dr. Gottman’s work when conducting relationship sessions.

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Two: Dr. John Gottman and What Predicts Divorce?

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Today we’ll examine one aspect of Dr. John Gottman’s work. He provides clear, evidence-based information distilled from his many years of research about what predicts divorce.

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Relationship: The Listening Door

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 

by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light

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Five Ways to Bolster Your Marriage After Miscarriage

Istock/Bosca. Do you feel disconnected from your partner?

Istock/Bosca. Do you feel disconnected from your partner?

Losing a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth leads causes an increase in suffering, including disbelief, grief, shock, denial, anger, sadness and anxiety. These strong and primal emotions can take a toll on your marriage relationship. Recent research published by Dr. Katherine Gold and her colleagues in the journal, Pediatrics, indicates that couples who experience miscarriage or stillbirth have a greater chance of divorce than couples who experience the live birth of a child.

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#PSIBLOG Hop Guest Post: Comparing Scars

Guest Post Today! Elly Taylor!

Today I have the honor of hosting Elly Taylor’s deeply felt and informative work. Elly discusses the slow emotional changes in her internal and marital emotional landscapes as she and her husband navigated the transition to parenthood, maturing together as individuals and as a couple. Elly Taylor is an Aussie! She is a relationship counsellor and the author of Becoming Us: Loving, Learning and Growing Together.

Elly Taylor- Author and Relationship Counsellor

Elly Taylor- Author and Relationship Counsellor

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Don’t Eat Yellow Snow! Increase the Joy! Decrease the Drama! About Companion Pets!

 

”Pets respond eagerly to care and attention, offering unconditional love and non-threatening touch…crucial human needs” (Walsh, 2009)

#OccupyHealthCare #MindBody Practices – They are FREE

Mindbody practices have so many benefits, you’d have to order online from outside the US to be able to afford them- Read the research!

 

With so much talk about the expense of healthcare, I wanted to put out a positive message about inexpensive mindbody self-care practices. Self- care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self-care is an important component of postpartum depression treatment. Low cost mindbody therapies are helpful on many levels. Research strongly indicates complementary therapies improve health on multiple levels and in concrete ways and are low cost.

For four rewarding years, I ran the MindBody Program at the Cancer Center at a hospital. The program provided relief for people with the burden of chronic illness on emotional and physical levels. Research indicates persons with chronic illness, co-morbidity, aging-related illness and persons with mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are among the most likely to use complementary therapies (Cheung, Wyman, and Halcon, 2007), so it was a good fit. Research such as that conducted by Ben-Ayre, Frankel, Klein, Scharf (2008) indicates patients expect their physicians to refer to appropriate complementary care clinics as needed. The MindBody Program was a forerunner of the integrative medicine trend.

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