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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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Birth Trauma: Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

(Istock:h20color)

(Istock:h20color)

How many times must we ask for sensitive care?

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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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Part One: The Complexity of Marriage and Marriage Counseling

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)

Do you sometimes wonder why there’s a general feeling of negativity in your relationship?

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Part Three: Postpartum: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

In Part One, we looked at the hormonal-neurotransmitter feedback loops in a woman’s body and how they relate to mood during the menstrual cycle.  

(the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex  Loop and the Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary Loop)

In Part Two, we looked at a woman’s hidden hormonal shifts during pregnancy and birth. Today, we look at the hidden postpartum hormonal shifts.

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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 Sweet Ideas for Remembering Someone You Love

You hopefully have plenty of lovely people in your life. Friends and family can be an amazing support network when it comes to dealing with tough times and sharing the joy of the good times.

Valentine's Day Assortment

It is important that you occasionally remember your loved ones and let them know how much they mean for you.

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Empty Nest? Puff the Magic Poodle

Puff, the magic dragon,
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee.
Little Jackie Paper
Loved that rascal Puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax
And other fancy stuff….

 

Ah. Another motherhood adjustment.  The words “empty nest” feel so negative to me, like I failed in some way, when it’s a normal part of life.

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Research review: Feelings about losing your virginity

Different people view loss of virginity differently (istock:Yuri)

Different people view loss of virginity differently (istock:Yuri)

In our culture, there are many emotional, social and psychological connotations surrounding loss of virginity and these are heavily influenced by gender.  Losing your virginity is a personal emotional milestone. There’s been very little formal research about how people feel about losing their virginity. Here’s an overview of two studies that extend our knowledge about how people feel about losing their virginity.

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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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