Intimacy

Is the “Failed” Relationship a Myth?

Are we making a mistake by calling every relationship that ends a “failed relationship” these days? Like many things in the natural world, a relationship can run its course. It’s not like anyone is calling a rose that dies after blooming a “failed” flower. It might be time to simply embrace the fact that some…

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Moving From “I” to “We” in Relationships: Does It Scare You?

Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea of becoming a “We” in your relationship? It’s definitely a big moment when we realize that we’re not purely making decisions based on our singular perspective. It can be the most exciting part of falling in love because you feel the drama and high stakes of entering something…

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Rebuilding After Infidelity

Discovering that your partner has cheated can shake your world. It’s not just that cheating rips your heart out. Cheating is a revelation that requires you to make a big choice. If you’ve decided to forgive, it’s important to go “all in” with forgiveness instead of holding on to the hurt and anger. In my…

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Is Everyone Having Emotional Affairs?

What’s so bad about some innocent flirting? If this is something you’ve recently uttered to yourself, you could already be on the path to having an emotional affair. If you’ve ever been a victim of one of these affairs, you already know how painful this supposedly “victimless crime” can be for the betrayed partner. Emotional…

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Do Changes in Intimacy and Sexual Desire Spell Trouble?

Is the relationship over just because desire has dipped? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In reality, physical intimacy and sexual desire can ebb and flow during the course of a long-term relationship. Of course, it’s also important to examine if your physical or mental health could be suppressing your desire and connection with your…

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What Does Self-Compassion Have to Do With Successful Dating?

While navigating dating and relationships, we often focus on how we’re treating the other person. We may also get caught up on how they’re treating us. However, we rarely stop to think about how we’re treating ourselves within the context of dating. This is why I emphasize self-compassion with my clients who are struggling in…

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Here’s Why Your Brain Can’t Quit That Boomerang Relationship

Are you caught in a boomerang relationship? From a therapist’s standpoint, things that “come back” after you let them go don’t always come back because they belong to you. It’s more likely that you’re stuck in an unhealthy cycle. You keep getting back together in the hopes that you’ll finally get in sync this time…

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Avoid These Five Communication Blunders in Your Relationship

Why does communication break down so easily for couples? Most of us carry common habits into our communication styles without even knowing that we’re sowing seeds of hurt, distrust, and miscommunication. Discovering our communication mistakes is freeing because it allows us to escape cycles that have left us feeling frustrated for so long! How do…

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Is Loneliness Really Your Problem?

Do you want to know the secret to never feeling lonely again? It’s radical self-acceptance. I’m not talking about throwing all of your plans for self-improvement in the trash. You know which areas of your life, personality, and personal development could use a little tweaking. What I am talking about is the concept of being…

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Are You Suffering From Relationship Burnout?

Starting the new year is a natural time to reflect on your romantic life. There’s no doubt that your relationship will be part of the audit if you’re taking time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past 12 months. If you’re finding yourself reluctant to replay highlights from your relationship this year,…

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