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


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Considering the social isolation required by COVID-19, it’s no surprise that many people are struggling with loneliness. Loneliness is a very real problem with emotional, and even physical, consequences.




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Your partner does not pay much attention to you. They’re often mesmerized by their phone, barely looking up when you talk. And when you try to talk to them about things that are on your mind…




Wednesday, September 9, 2020

It’s a common cliché that there’s a lot of parent-bashing in therapy. But from my thirty-plus years as a therapist, I have found that most people actually view their parents positively, or at least…




Wednesday, September 2, 2020

You’ve heard the casual advice to “let it go.” You may have even said it (or sung it) to yourself. But what does it really mean? Can you really do it? And, is it helpful?




Wednesday, August 26, 2020

As anyone who has been divorced knows, ending a marriage is not a single event. It unfolds in various stages requiring differing amounts of emotional strength, patience, strategizing, and…




Wednesday, August 19, 2020

You really would like to be in relationship and feel sad and lonely without one. But getting into one – or staying in one – is difficult for you. When you look for explanations, you can see your lack of…



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Even the best of relationships have their ups and downs. There are disagreements, tensions, and periods when you just need a bit more space from each other. But there may come a time when you wonder whether the difficulties are signs that this relationship is outright unhealthy, or …



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Your relationship is tense. So, you work hard to create a positive atmosphere, countering your partner’s negativity and perhaps trying to prevent them lashing out in anger. But no matter how intent you are on creating a happy relationship, you might as well…



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

If you’re someone who is generally down on yourself, it can be difficult to fully enjoy life. Even in more positive moments, you still have an underlying sense of being lesser than other people. It’s like an invisible anchor weighing you down.



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

With all that’s happening in the world, most of us are feeling stressed, anxious, or afraid – or some combination of them. Though many people use these words interchangeably, they are not the same. Knowing the difference can help you cope better.










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