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How to Make New Year Resolutions for Couples Work for You

In the past have you made New Year resolutions that fall apart after a few weeks or months? Studies show that over 80% of people fail to keep up wither resolutions by mid-February. This sad state of affairs often leaves people feeling disappointed in themselves which can result in negative self-talk, lowered self-esteem, etc. […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Couples and Attachment – Is Your Attachment to Each Other Secure?

Couples and attachment are the subject of the research of Dr. John Bowlby, MD, and Sue Johnson, PhD.
Dr. John Bowlby, an English psychiatrist, pioneered research into the importance of secure attachment between mother or primary caregiver and baby. Dr. Sue Johnson has extended these ideas to love relationships between couples. She describes couples and attachment as […]

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Life Transitions: Learning, Growing, Healing Together

Life Transitions at Counseling Associates of Sarasota

Life transitions come in all shapes and sizes. Some are consciously chosen, such as retirement, relocating, or changing careers. Other come as a surprise or can be unwelcome and traumatic. These include death, a major health issue, job loss, and divorce.  Even when the life transition is a […]

By |October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Many Americans are not getting enough sleep. They are sleep deprived. It has become a badge of honor for some to let you know that they sleep 3 or 4 hours a night and do not care to waste hours asleep.



By |September 29th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Stress, Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

A Health Transition Needs Support

A health transition could be learning to cope with the diagnosis of an auto-immune disorder, heart disease, diabetes or the fighting cancer with radiation and chemo.  Whether you are adjusting to an amputation or the progress of a neurological disorder, you are feeling a loss and will grieve.

An evening transition support group is scheduled […]

By |September 13th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Stress|Tags: |0 Comments

Negative Thoughts are Often Part of Depression

Are Self Defeating and Negative Thoughts Contributing
to Your Feelings of Depression?

When you meet a new situation you will have a variety of thoughts about it. We tend to believe our own thoughts, including negative thoughts or self-defeating thoughts, rarely troubling to challenge them.

In fact, particularly when we are depressed we entertain negative thoughts that […]

By |August 4th, 2018|Categories: Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

Positivity in Communication Part 2

Improving Your Communication Using a Positivity Approach

Many couples struggle with communication issues. In my practice I hear comments such as “When we try to address a serious topic such as in laws, disciplining our children or getting them to finish their homework our arguments escalate into a fight” or “my partner does not listen […]

By |June 24th, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Suicide Risk and Prevention

Suicide Risk
This past week, two people with familiar names to us, have apparently taken their lives by suicide. These sad events shock and confuse us. Questions such as “How could she leave her daughter?” in Kate Spade’s case or “How could there be anything wrong in the exciting life led by Anthony Bourdain?”

Of course, […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Categories: Depression Therapy|Tags: |0 Comments

How Can We Improve Our Communication? Part 1

Dr. John Gottman studied communication and interaction patterns of couples in the “love lab” he established at the University of Washington in Seattle. Here couples came to a bed and breakfast type setting where their interactions and communications were recorded and carefully analyzed.
A Classic Communication Study about Couples
From an initial group of 130 newlyweds, […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Categories: Relationships and Communication|Tags: |0 Comments

Grief – how can I help a loved one?

When someone we love experiences the death of a loved one, a divorce or any other major life event we often do not know how to help them in this period of grief and loss. In our efforts to alleviate pain we often fall back on platitudes such as:

You are lucky to have your […]

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Grief and Loss|Tags: |0 Comments