Why Couples Counseling Is Effective

Couples counseling is for anyone seeking relationship improvement, whether the relationship is going wonderfully and you’re seeking to proactively strengthen it, or the relationship is struggling and needs guidance. In today’s era of ever-expanding understanding about humanity, it only makes sense to consider the tremendous benefits couples counseling can provide for your relationship. Understanding what ... Read More
 

An Integrative Approach to Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is part of everyday life, and everyone experiences anxiety and fear from time to time. Mild worry, anxiety, and fear plays an important role in helping us prepare and deal effectively with challenging and threatening situations; they are all necessary responses in adapting to life. However, people with anxiety disorders experience anxiety with a ... 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
 

Depression: A Treatable Problem

Most of us experience some type of depression as we face life’s challenges. Depression can be mild, moderate, or more severe, as in the case of a clinical depression.  At its worst, a depressive disorder can interfere with our ability to work, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. A person can experience one or more depressive ... Read More
 

Basic Issues Underlying Relationship Problems

At A Caring Approach in Bethesda, 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

A Caring Approach offers couples counseling and marriage counseling 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 ... Read More
 

Cognitive (Thought) Distortions and Core Beliefs

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) looks at how our thoughts affect our view of ourselves, of others and of the world. We have thoughts or evaluations about events, ourselves, and about our emotions and our behaviors; this in turn affects our ability to cope with life. Researchers estimate that we have over 60,000 automatic thoughts per ... Read More
 

Trauma and Psychotherapy

The word trauma comes from a Greek word meaning wound. In psychiatry, the term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sometimes occurs after one has been through a traumatic situation. A traumatic event is the experience of something horrible and scary happening to oneself, or witnessing it ... Read More
 

Attachment Styles in Intimate Relationships

The capacity to make meaningful intimate bonds is a key feature of healthy personality functioning. The processes of attachment and intimacy are fundamental to the development of close relationships. Attachment refers to the inborn need and tendency of human beings to make strong affectionate bonds with significant others, resulting in closeness, security and safety. Attachment ... Read More
 

Partner Choice and Stages in Relationships

The choice of intimate others in relationships appears to be influenced by two important needs whose fulfillment results in completion, wholeness, and the development of higher capacities such as compassion, forgiveness, and kindness for couples. First, we are attracted to differences; we seek partners with qualities that we are missing ourselves. These traits were repressed ... Read More