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The Blame Game…Dangerous For Your Relationship!

The Blame Game…Dangerous For Your Relationship!

Stop the Blame Game to Improve Your Relationship When it comes to placing blame in a relationship, it’s almost always easier to see the faults in our partner than in ourselves. One of the problems with couples pointing fingers is that usually both parties are right, and […]

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Couples Therapy: Key Communication Tips for a Healthier Relationship…

Couples Therapy: Key Communication Tips for a Healthier Relationship…

Assertiveness is one of those foundational communication skills required in any successful relationship. There is often a lot of talk about being assertive in yourcommunication, but not many people truly understand the nuances of this skill. In this post, I flesh out all the components of assertiveness so that […]

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Establishing Ground Rules in Couples Communication

Establishing Ground Rules in Couples Communication

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) According to Marty Babits (2009), author of “The Power of the Middle Ground,” couples can resolve conflicts without the threat of escalation by creating […]

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The “It’s Not You, It’s Us” Approach to Relationship Problems

The “It’s Not You, It’s Us” Approach to Relationship Problems

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) Partners often come to therapy to play the blame game. One partner points the finger at the other, turns to the therapist and says, […]

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The Miscommunication of Love

The Miscommunication of Love

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) There are many ways to say, “I love you.” Sometimes partners drift apart and the love that they share becomes neglected. Love is not […]

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What Can I Gain From Coming to Therapy?

What Can I Gain From Coming to Therapy?

Most people enter therapy wanting something. They seek relief from debilitating symptoms. They want help making a life-changing decision. They long to heal past hurts. Couples need tools for communication. Some want better self-control. Others search for the ability to reach their potential. The list goes on. If their […]

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Three Tips To Help Make Your Relationship Bloom

Three Tips To Help Make Your Relationship Bloom

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) As a couples therapist, I often get asked the million dollar question, “What is the key to a happy and healthy relationship?” I will […]

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Hug Me Close

Hug Me Close

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) In one of the most influential books on intimacy in committed relationships, Passionate Marriage, David Schnarch (1997) proposes a technique called, “Hugging till Relaxed” to […]

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The Relationship Peace Treaty: Reassurance

The Relationship Peace Treaty: Reassurance

(This blog post was written by Elisabeth Mandel, LMFT. Elisabeth is an Associate Therapist at our practice and specializes in working with couples.) In Daniel Siegel’s “The Developing Mind” (1999), he describes the attachment process as a series of “rupture and repair.” The implication of this theory […]

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Assertive Communication Techniques…

Assertive Communication Techniques…

Assertiveness is your best bet for communicating and helps you maintain honest, long lasting relationships with others. It conveys your needs and wants, while respecting yourself and others.  Acting assertively allows others to hear you and also allows you to express yourself. It’s a win-win! Myth: Assertiveness is […]

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