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Understanding Inequality and Why It Matters

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Inequality and Why It Matters

Several recent events, such as the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the cancellation of many Pride month celebrations due to COVID-19, have really got me thinking. I’m thinking about the inequality experienced by minority groups in this country. When I say minority, I am talking about a group of people that does not enjoy the same privileges or rights as another group. This is due to their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability status, and/or religion. I believe understanding inequality requires reexamining how we...

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How to Recognize a Serious Problem with Alcohol

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Couples Counseling, Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Recognize a Serious Problem with Alcohol

Alcohol use disorder, otherwise known as alcoholism, has reached epidemic levels in the United States. It’s potentially life-threatening and greatly affects one’s quality of life. One way this occurs is that alcohol abuse makes it very hard to be emotionally engaged and present in a relationship. It’s also equally difficult to make long-lasting changes in a relationship when someone is drinking heavily or excessively. Key reasons why this is true are that 1) alcohol impairs judgment and 2) it affects how one interacts with other people, even their partner. If alcohol use is present in your...

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Co-sleeping Part 1: How to Know When It’s Time to Stop

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Co-sleeping Part 1: How to Know When It’s Time to Stop

To be clear, the point of this article is not to debate whether co-sleeping is right or wrong. Co-sleeping is a fairly common practice among families around the world, including those in the United States. Recent research has shown that sleeping with young children does not appear to have either a significant positive, or negative, effect on children or their development. How and when to co-sleep is really an issue of personal preference. Take some time to talk about it with your partner and figure out what works for you. There are a variety of reasons why parents co-sleep, or bed share,...

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Surviving the Holidays with Your Loved Ones and Other Difficult People

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Surviving the Holidays with Your Loved Ones and Other Difficult People

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” -George Burns This is the time of year that we make plans to spend time together. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, whatever holiday you chose to celebrate, you may be planning to spend time with your family. If you like your family, this is not a problem. If you find your family to be a challenge, time together could be uncomfortable at best, a nightmare at worst. Who comes to mind when you think of gathering together for various meals and activities? Do you have a mother-in-law that...

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Book Review: Not “Just Friends” by Shirley P. Glass and Jean Coppock Staeheli

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Book Review: Not “Just Friends” by Shirley P. Glass and Jean Coppock Staeheli

Not “Just Friends”: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity, addresses affairs that start with people who are not “just friends.” Historically, most affairs were thought to involve men who sought sex with partners outside their primary relationship. There’s been a real shift in recent decades, and now men are as likely as a women to have affairs that begin with an emotional connection, and later leads to physical intimacy. One of the major points of this book is this: Love alone will not protect your relationship from an emotional affair. “Most people...

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What are the Differences Between Porn, Erotica, and Romance?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What are the Differences Between Porn, Erotica, and Romance?

Are you confused about how to label sexually-explicit material? Porn, erotica, and even romance novels are often used interchangeably in some circles. These materials include explicit depictions of sex, but there are some basic differences: Porn. These materials are specifically designed to sexually arouse the audience. There’s very little merit to, or plot line involved, in pornographic materials. Characters are generally stereotypical and one-dimensional. Female characters are almost always small-framed, with big breasts and a low I.Q. Submission and violence toward females are...

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