The holidays can be a stressful time in and amongst all the holiday cheer. Disagreements about how to celebrate the holidays or conflicts with family and in-laws can add extra stress to your romantic relationship. Addressing these conflicts right away with open and timely communication is an essential step in maintaining and strengthening your … [Read more...] about 4 Steps Towards a Conflict-Free Holiday Season
Firefighters face very high levels of job stress. This is not surprising, given they interact with people in extreme situations and are exposed to a wide range of dangers, not typical in most other professions. These stresses and difficulties, mental, physical, and emotional, have a significant impact on a firefighter's well-being. A recent … [Read more...] about STUDY: Firefighters can ease one another’s job stress, but loving spouses may increase it
Sexual intimacy often experiences dips or lulls as a couple goes through life together. You can’t predict the changes life will throw at you, and some are easier to handle than others. However, some challenges will take a more significant toll on your life and relationship. Long-term increased workload, stress, health problems, medication (with … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Revive the Sexual Intimacy in Your Relationship
Boundaries are necessary for all relationships, including your intimate relationships. There’s a common misconception that boundaries prevent intimacy in relationships, but in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many people think that boundaries are like fences, preventing people from coming into your space and therefore stopping … [Read more...] about How to Set Healthy Boundaries to Improve Your Intimate Relationship
All couples have disagreements and fights at one time or another. Conflicts happen in all relationships and that’s okay. It’s important to express your thoughts, feelings, and needs even if you’re unhappy. So, having conflict in your relationship is never the issue. What’s more important is how you manage the conflict and whether you repair … [Read more...] about How to Use a Time-out to De-escalate Conflict in Your Relationship
To understand how to build a casual relationship that fits your wants and needs, you first need to understand what a casual relationship is; the word casual can mean different things to different people. What is a casual relationship? A casual relationship is an emotional and physical relationship between two people that may include sex and might … [Read more...] about A Beginners Guide to Casual Relationships
How do you know when you should break up your relationship? It's a question that doesn't have an easy answer, yet it's something many of us with a history of relationships have grappled with at one time or another. Many people think that a relationship counsellor only helps couples stay together. But in my 16 years of working with … [Read more...] about How to Know When it’s Time to Break Up
Whoever said long-distance relationships aren't hard has undoubtedly never been in one. Long-distance relationships are becoming more common for many couples due to 'fly in, fly out' (FIFO) work, the massive increase in people travelling overseas, and the globalisation of today's world where living and working in another state or country is easier … [Read more...] about The Best Advice for Anyone in a Long-distance Relationship
Guest post by Amanda Woolveridge I often hear the word “intimacy” in my therapy room when talking to couples about their relationship. But what does it mean and how do we achieve it and maintain it in our significant relationships? It isn’t just the domain of our romantic relationships, it goes to the heart of our closest and most endearing … [Read more...] about Intimacy: What is it and how do you do it?
Many people interested in couples therapy hesitate because they're not sure what to expect. That can be scary, but I'm here to allay your fears. If your relationship needs professional help, you can count on the Gottman Relationship Checkup to kickstart your work together as a couple and help you get the most out of relationship … [Read more...] about The Gottman Relationship Checkup for Couples: How Healthy is Your Relationship?