Every relationship and marriage has its ups and downs. Sometimes the downs can last longer than most relationships can tolerate. However, given tools and resources, couples can learn how to negotiate differences and navigate through the stormy times, often preventing break- ups.
Everyone knows that over time relationships shift: sometimes for the better; sometimes for the worse. This will depend on how you tend to it. Relationships are like gardens. They need nurturing, weeding and care if we want them to grow, blossom and maintain their beauty. The time you give to your garden is no different than the time and care you give to your relationship. Communication in our relationships is as paramount as water to a garden. It is essential for survival.
The Inner Child came out of the recovery movement when it was recognized that a common denominator for those in recovery was the clients all had childhoods that in one way or another had been damaged by poor parenting and/or trauma. The trauma had features including neglect, abuse and abandonment. The abuse was either physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual, spiritual, and verbal or any combination or all.
Being in private practice since 1978 specializing in both individual and couple’s therapy the most difficult thing for people to do is change. Whether it’s changing patterns of behaviors, partners, jobs, homes, change is usually faced with resistance. Human beings are creatures of habit.
The loss of a loved one is difficult for most of us to cope with. Shock, grief and mourning are processes we all must deal with. However, a life that ends in suicide is horrific. It is a chronic struggle for the family, particularly the parents, as well as the siblings, extended family and friends. No one is spared.
Joan’s daughter, Pam committed suicide. She, succumbed to her mental illness. One that had plagued her, nearly her entire life. Pam was bipolar and no amount of medical intervention could help her. The very system that should have saved her life, failed her time and time again. Joan and her daughter, Pam were both trained psychotherapists and […]