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Summary of “Overcoming the Alienation Crisis: 33 Coparenting Solutions” by Moran, McCall, and Sullivan (Part 1: Background and understanding Parent-Child Contact Problems)

Introduction This book comes on the heels of “Overcoming the Coparenting Trap” from the Overcoming Barriers group, whose focus is on helping families manage high-conflict divorces in the best interests of the children. The book was just released in August, 2020. My purpose in posting about it is to eventually

Update on Teletherapy Effectiveness during COVID-19

With the transition to virtual therapy as recommended by CAP, I wanted to investigate the effectiveness of telepsychology. Here is one study I found. Varker, T., Brand, R. M., Ward, J., Terhaag, S., & Phelps, A. (2019). Efficacy of synchronous telepsychology interventions for people with anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder,

The New Rules of Marriage

Intended audience: Couples and professionals Reference: The New Rules of Marriage by Terry Real Title: Changes in relationships as identified by Terry Real, or No Wonder we don’t seem to be on the same page Problem identified by author: Terry Real works closely with Esther Perel and they have put

Declaration of Sexual Pleasure

The 24th World Congress of Sexual Health issued a “Declaration of Sexual Pleasure” on October 15, 2019. The purpose of this blog is to help to contextualize this declaration. Part of my interpretation of the context is that there has been a shift by professionals towards emphasizing sexual pleasure as

The Evolution of Sex Therapy

I found this article I wrote a while ago and thought it might be useful for people interested in sex therapy. A Timeline of Modern Sex Therapy Sex therapy, the treatment of sexual problems, has positively evolved since Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, the pioneers of modern sex therapy (Weeks,

The Role of Vulnerability in Intimate Relationships

I watched this TED talk by Brene Brown after I read her latest book “Braving the Wilderness.” I decided to write this blog for other clinicians, but it can really be applicable to everyone. Let me know what you think. Is this stuff the answer? Part of the answer? Too

How Much Screen Time is too much for Kids?

How much social media or screen time is recommended for kids? This is one of the most frequent questions I get when working with parents and kids. It seems that most people usually do one or two hours per day as the limit, but rather than rigid rules, research suggests

Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids From the Fallout of a High Conflict Break-up

Dr. Joan Kelly is one of the foremost experts on high-conflict separation. She created this handout on the top ten ways parents can protect children during separation. I think it gives parents some great tips. 1. Talk to your children about your separation.  Studies-show-that only 5 percent of parents actually

What Young Children Need from Parents during Separation

I found this from the California Courts and thought it was pretty informative so I’m sharing it here.Children going through divorce or separation have certain needs. Although there are no foolproof ways to raise young children before, during, and after a separation, you and the other parent can help your

7 Tips for Blending Families

     About 43% of all marriages these days include one or more of the partners who have had a previous marriage. 65% of these remarriages involve children from a previous relationship. When all the math is done, it appears that one out of every three children will spend time in

Blending Families: Challenges and Recommendations

1/2/2018 Stepfamilies have become more common and touch up to half of us (Sayre, McCollum, & Spring, 2010). These families are formed following a loss, meaning that unresolved grief could impact the formation of the stepfamily. They are also at risk for loyalty conflicts where children, partners, and ex-partners can

Internet infidelity

Click here to download my first attempt at a podcast format rather than a blog. I prefer the term Internet infidelity to describe relationship issues around trust because of something done using the Internet. I’ll talk about what Internet infidelity means and how to protect your relationship from it.

Erectile disorder

Click here to download tool kit including information related to the assessment and treatment of erectile disorder, which is characterized by a recurrent inability to achieve or maintain a satisfactory erection during partnered sexual activities (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). It is the most common issue that I see in my

Premarital Counselling

With divorce rates approaching 50% of marriages within the first 15 years, couples preparing for marriage are keenly interested in how to best prepare for marriage (Williams, 2007).  This blog will discuss the core content areas to cover in premarital counseling and the interventions therapists use. Additionally, we must pay

Sex after baby arrives: challenges and what matters

            You’ve spent nine months waiting for your little miracle, getting ready to have another being in your home, and planning how best to adapt to all the changes a baby brings. Pregnancy isn’t usually easy and often connecting sexually with your partner is one of the last things on


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