Archive For: Intimacy / Relationships

Everything That You Need to Know about Premarital Counseling Part 1

Most engaged couples don’t think about it, but when you are planning your wedding, are you also preparing for your marriage? Recent studies have shown that couples who went through premarital counseling prior to walking down the aisle experienced a 30 percent decline in the likelihood of divorce over a five-year period. Some houses of ... Read More
 

Myths, Illusions, and Solutions: Relationship Pitfalls and Saboteurs

At a Caring Approach, Couples Counseling in Bethesda, Md., by Dr. Durana, we help couples develop relationship skills, enhance intimacy, and communicate and resolve conflicts effectively. In our intimate relationships, we tend to hold unconscious or unexpressed expectations about love, trust, friendship, power, disagreement, etc. Unmet expectations lead to disappointments and misunderstandings. Often, underlying these ... Read More
 

Basic Issues Underlying Relationship Problems

At a Caring Approach in Reston, Va., we work with couples and families to decrease stress, and to improve communication and relationship satisfaction. Although relationship problems can vary, there are a few underlying issues common to most conflicts.Problems can exist in areas having to do with money, intimacy, communication, sex, support, gender, housework, loyalties to ... Read More
 

Tools, skills and resources for relationship success and satisfaction

Couples counseling and marriage counseling offered in Reston, VA, Washington, DC, and Bethesda, MD. Our ability to communicate is essential for creating and sustaining a satisfying relationship. Often, the style of communication is more of a problem than the problem you are communicating about. Under stress, people use defensive communication styles that alienate their partners. ... Read More
 

Disruptive Relationship Cycles In Distressed Couples

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Washington, DC, Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. Traps and Exits We all have vulnerabilities, sensitivities or wounds that are inevitably triggered in intimate long-term relationships. For example, for one person, it may be feeling criticized; for another it may be not feeling adequately cared for, ... Read More
 

Love and Intimate Relationships

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Washington, DC, Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. Love is a fundamental aspect of human experience. What is love? What is love in intimate relationships? Efforts to understand love abound over thousands of years of recorded human history, from those of poets to theologians to philosophers, ... Read More
 

Daily Temperature Reading

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers couples and relationship therapy in Washington, DC, Reston, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. 1. Appreciations 2. Information 3. Puzzles 4. Complaints with requests for change 5. Hopes, wishes and dreams