In: marriage

New Spouse by Friday
July 17, 2017

I’ve been working with a very successful attorney who has been struggling to find a way to stay in his marriage…

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Lucky Marriage
January 21, 2015

What is a lucky marriage? Last week we were talking to a man who has had a year of challenges in…

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Friends and Family Don’t Understand – Bipolar Communication Problems
July 23, 2014

Sometimes those without the challenges of bipolar neurochemistry simply “don’t get it” – how moods can shift abruptly and dramatically, and often without…

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Helping Your Spouse
February 27, 2014

You have gotten help for your depression. You have seen a therapist or psychiatrist and spent long hours working to understand…

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Endurance of Pain and Suffering
November 27, 2013

He knew how to handle pain. You had to lie down with pain, not draw back away from it. You let…

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The Big Fight
April 25, 2013

How is it that so many couples end up having knock down, drag out fights?  How can seemingly rational people end…

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New Spouse by Friday
April 3, 2013

I’ve been working with a very successful attorney who has been struggling to find a way of staying in his marriage for…

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Creative Tension
March 10, 2013

I was inspired to write today’s post after watching a video sent out by a colleague as her “Valentine’s Day gift”…

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Hot Button Issues in a Relationship
March 6, 2013

Dealing with a partner with emotional or psychological issues is tricky. We spent some time today trying to figure out an…

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The “Pause” Button
February 17, 2013

Do you know the feeling of desperate urgency in a conversation with a close friend or romantic partner? The sense that you have…

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Mismatched Energy
January 11, 2013

The wife of one of the people I work with sent me a short note saying that her husband was energized…

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Relationship Fear
January 4, 2013

I have been working with a couple of young women who seem to be unable to move beyond a recently ended…

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December 27, 2012

For most of us there is nothing more important than the quality of our closest relationships. In sometimes frustrating ways, many…

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Family Scapegoat
November 26, 2012

I had a conversation with two women today about their relationship with their husbands and children. They often find themselves feeling…

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What’s the Hurry
November 20, 2012

It’s been a very busy week for mental health professionals in the Bay Area. The holidays are ramping up. And it…

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Aikido for Bad Behavior
November 6, 2012

We had an opportunity to visit Japan several times, over the course of a decade working with Japanese psychiatrists to improve…

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Therapists Can Be So Annoying: Feeling Like You’re On Celebrity Roast
October 3, 2012

Therapists Have you ever found yourself all of a sudden the guest of honor at celebrity roast special. Sometimes that is…

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Codependent no more
September 18, 2012

We have never been big fans of the way the term “codependent” evolved in the non-professional world into a way of…

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Misunderstandings: Feeling and Thinking
September 12, 2012

Misunderstandings. There are so many ways that we can misunderstand each other. We like the Myers Briggs for its non-pathologizing approach…

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Men are from Mars: How Gender Affects Communication
August 21, 2012

Men and women sometimes don’t seem to be speaking the same language, and this is certainly true when it comes to…

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