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
 

When Can a Couples Counselor Help?

Couples counseling can prove to be beneficial for couples in a variety of different stages of life, from helping couples draw closer to each other, to overcoming challenges and conflicts that can arise within a relationship. Couples counseling Bethesda MD can help couples to overcome differences and struggles, to grow closer to each other and ... Read More
 

Couples Counseling – Not Just for Couples in Crisis

Couples therapy can be an intimidating issue to discuss. When you think of couples therapy, you may conjure up images of bitter, arguing husbands and wives sitting in front of an uncomfortable counselor.  This is a highly inaccurate perspective, and is detrimental to many of those that would benefit from a couples therapy session. Couples ... Read More
 

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
 

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
 

Stillness and Tranquility: Recovery and Restoration

Developing the virtues of stillness and tranquility is essential for recovery and restoring our strength and energy after stress, illness or surgery. Like deep nurturing sleep, stillness and tranquility allows the parasympathetic nervous system and other self-healing mechanisms in the body to do the work of recovery and rebuilding. In quieting the mind, we support ... Read More
 

Coping with Our Suffering: Grounded Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined as a quality or a skill of mind and heart characterized by an open, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude to the contemplation of reality. Practicing mindfulness has been shown in research studies to have positive effects in coping with stress, illness, negative emotions, etc. In my individual counseling practice in Reston, Washington ... Read More
 

Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain

Chronic illness and pain often cause challenging and difficult life adjustments, decisions, and demands. We may experience: Grief and sadness over the loss of function and quality of life,      Anger and frustration about our new situation,     Loss of control,     Worry and fear about our future,    Guilt about being a burden to others, and    Hopelessness ... Read More
 

Love and Intimate Relationships

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, for the experience of love or lack of it affects us all in some way. Adult love ... Read More