“Keeping Your Marriage Strong”: Couples Counseling Tips

I recently found myself bragging about my marriage to a friend at a party. Actually, it was a “mutual bragging” as we shared about our spouses and the qualities we valued in our marriages. At one point, I nudged my friend and jokingly said, “Yeah, next year we’ll hear the other is getting a divorce!” We both laughed! You know the laugh – “Ha ha ha! That would never happen! Never!” But my joking comment begged the question,

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WOMEN IN TRANSITION: “Now What & What Now?”

Through my work with women in my individual counseling practice in Newport Beach, it has become clear to me that “midlife” isn’t a popular term anymore.  After all, “40” is the new “30” and “50” is the new “40” and so on, right?  Midlife tends to speak a little too directly to the process of aging (a little denial, please?) and calls up images of “midlife crisis” as an explanation for adults reliving their youth (sometimes with destructive consequences). 

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“I didn’t Call You A Slob!”: Couples Counseling Tips

Being a fairly rambunctious boy in Junior High, I got into trouble one day during lunch and was ordered by a teacher to sit down for the remainder of the lunch period.  In frustration, I said, “That sucks!”  The teacher, having thought she heard a different word, proceeded to take me to the principal’s office.  I recall being very upset because I was getting into trouble for something she misinterpreted. In my couples counseling practice in Newport Beach,

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UNDERSTANDING CHILD DEPRESSION

Significant depression exists in about 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population. Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning or conduct disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Many other children experience a low grade depression. The behavior of depressed children and teenagers differs from the behavior of depressed adults. Understanding child depression is important because child depression is often over looked.

As a therapist who works with many children and adolescents,

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