• Communicating about Conflict in Intimate Relationships

    Communicating about Conflict in Intimate Relationships

    A famous family therapist, Carl Whitaker, has said, “Conflict is the pathway to intimacy.” What on Earth did he mean by that?? Doesn’t conflict feel uncomfortable, and tense, and like an argument? Isn’t each side is trying to win, and avoid losing? How could that lead to intimacy? Whitaker understood several things about conflict. First, […]

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  • A Few Thoughts to Ponder

    A Few Thoughts to Ponder

    How we view money is often indicative of how we choose to manage the rest of our lives. Recent research addresses why in a culture of such material wealth, Amer-icans tend not to be happy with what they have. They came up with the following ideas: Once we achieve a given economic level, instead of […]

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  • Depression 101

    Depression 101

    It is normal for our moods to vary up and down, and even for us to have brief periods of depression, especially around times of loss, change, or transition. However, our mood should recover within a reasonable amount of time, especially if our circumstances improve. (Grieving for a loved one which has died can require […]

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Relaxation: Simple (As Breathing) But Not Easy

by Dr. Bert Pitts Stressful times call for good coping strategies. By far the best coping strategy for stress and anxiety is, purely and simply, to SIT STILL AND BREATHE. Breathing, depending on how you do it, either helps or hinders your ability to relax and remain calm. When you are stressed or anxious, your […]

Mother of the Bride Life Passage

by Dr. Zanaida Griffin As a therapist, I have many years experience in women’s developmental issues and theory, but academic knowledge did little to prepare me for actually experiencing the wedding process of my older daughter. My expectations would have been better guided by watching such Hollywood favorites as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Mama […]

Women’s Creativity

by Dr. Zanaida Griffin We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I’m not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for that. —Toni Morrison As a little girl, I dreamed of painting huge murals with bright, bold colors creating various designs and textures; […]