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Creating Happy and Healthy Relationships
By Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D.


Life during lockdown has become too much. You know that it is time for some professional help, but you don’t know how to go about getting started. While you’ve heard of teletherapy (or at least telemedicine), you may not know exactly what it involves or how to go about finding a therapist for it.



The COVID-19 pandemic has created an overwhelming sense of anxiety, fear, and feeling out of control for all of us. Many who struggle with feeling powerless try to regain control by exerting power on physical, sexual, or emotional levels. And this “power and control” is at the core of domestic abuse.



Being in lockdown is hard enough. But being stuck with a partner you don’t get along with can feel like torture. Whether your relationship is overtly hostile or just strained, it’s time to call a truce…



Although anyone can struggle with feeling isolated during the COVID-19 lockdown, single people living alone can be especially hard-hit. However, if you are single, you are hardly alone…



China’s experience with COVID-19 revealed how deadly the virus can be, and now data out of China is showing us how disastrous the virus can be for marriages…With the United States and other countries now facing rising rates of COVID-19, we should use this information as a warning.



COVID-19 has forced us to distance ourselves from one another physically – and for some of us, that means being apart from the one we love. Being separated can feel like an additional layer of difficulty on top of an already stressful time. But there are ways that you can bridge the distance during this pandemic.


You want to be in a committed relationship, but it never works out. People you meet are too needy, or too distant. Or, perhaps they are immature, clueless, too old, too young… the list goes on. Or maybe, just maybe, the problem isn’t out there, but rather inside of you…



Life can be very painful. Some days are so difficult, you may wish you had never even gotten out of bed. While there’s no magic way to remove all discomfort and pain from your life, you can lessen your distress by offering yourself compassion.



You’ve decided to start therapy. You’ve gotten a couple of therapists’ names from your doctor, but how do you decide who to go to? … A therapist might be the top in their particular specialty and yet still be the wrong for you…


It feels like the kind of whirlwind romance you see in the movies. Your new partner is showering you with attention and expressing their feelings in every way possible – texting frequently, surprising you with extravagant gifts, and being extremely physically…





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