Teen sex trends: Parents take comfort by Melissa Ferrari. Published on RendezViewRead More
Many relationships can survive and thrive after someone has cheated, but usually only if both people work together to address the problems. Listen to a 3 minute interview here with Melissa on why people cheat.Read More
Often I talk about Relational Trauma and about how a person is shaped psychologically in relationships is directly affected by their parents and caregivers. Here is a great graphic I found that was created by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. This is how they explain it:Read More
During an interview with Today co-host Carson Daly on Friday, Pink revealed that she and husband Carey Hart have been in couples counselling for nearly 17 years and that she believes it is what has helped their relationship thrive. This was exciting news for myself as a couple therapist and a person who has been in couple therapy myself with my gorgeous husband, Skip.Read More
Our relationships change over time, from that first moment when we meet someone when the dopamine rush has us feeling all ‘loved’ up, to building a life together, creating a family, raising kids, all the time trying to stay connected, despite the distractions life throws at us.
The reality is that when you have been with your partner for an extended time, you naturally start to take them for granted, with idiosyncrasies that you once found cute becoming little more than an annoyance.Read More
Did you know that 45% of people in Australia will suffer from some form of mental health issue in their lifetime?
Last year alone 1 in 5 Australian’s, 20% of the population, close to 3.3 million people experienced a mental health disorder.
With mental health issues so prevalent in our society it is likely that if it is not you who is suffering, it will be your partner, close friend, family member, work colleague or a multitude of those close to you in life.Read More
It is a question that I am often posed with as a couples’ therapist. Can a relationship survive when a partner commits the ultimate act of betrayal and cheats?
The answer, like most things when it comes to relationships, it’s complicated.Read More
With all that noise, finding the time to be there for each other, to listen and understand why our once loving connection seems to have been replaced by frustration and arguments over petty concerns, is critical.
It is why as part of my therapy sessions I encourage couples to take time away from the noise and find a safe space to focus on each other and one of the best ways you can do this is by attending a weekend couple’s retreat which presents an opportunity to reconnect the bond of love that still exists.Read More
We head to the Doctor for an annual health check, yet when it comes to our relationships we wait until it’s too late before we seek help, with studies telling us that it takes six years of unhappiness before couples realise they have a problem.
Like any illness, early detection of issues in a relationship are the key to restoring the love and connection between a couple.
So how do you know when it’s time for you to give your relationship a health check?Read More
Accepting you partners influence can be an incredible buffer for when things get tough. If you are a couple that have developed this strength you are both investing in your emotional bank account that will be full for when issues may arise. Here are some of my tips on how to develop this part of your relationship .Read More
In-laws can be a cause of great strain on a relationship and be the reason behind of many fights and disagreements around the level of influence they have in the home. Here are my thoughts how to handle it between you as a couple.
One day, the whirlwind comes to an end as your last child elects to leave the nest and you are suddenly you are back to where it began with your partner, feeling like two strangers in your now empty home. Read my blog here with some suggestions to consider on how to re-ignite your relationship again.Read More
While writing your profile can be time consuming for some, it’s incredibly important to get it right. After all, this is what any potential date or future partner will be reading to determine whether they feel you’re a good match for them, so it deserves a bit of effort.
Here are some simple tips for those struggling with writing their online dating profiles.Read More
Getting engaged is one of the most wonderful moments of anybody’s life. Bursting with romance and often surprise, it can create spontaneous joy and a huge rush of excitement that can last for days. The phone runs hot, your social media feed is bubbling over with bubbly emojis and you are floating on a cloud. Here are my top tips to make sure planning your wedding becomes a ‘win win’ situation for both of you.Read More