Category Archives for Mental Health and Marriage

Depression and Relationships

What Depression and Marital Conflict Have in Common Depression and relationships are a growing area of research in science-based couples therapy. When your spouse is depressed, depression and marital conflict

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Dysthymic Disorder and Marital Conflict

What is Dysthymic Disorder? Dysthymic Disorder is a relatively new way to understand a particular type of depressive behavior. There are 7 million Americans for whom the sun will not come up tomorrow.

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Postpartum Depression and Marital Conflict

Postpartum Depression… What is it? Postpartum Depression is a serious mood disorder that may occur in the first few months after giving birth. It has also been known to happen after a miscarriage

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Gaslighting and Marital Conflict

What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a less subtle form of emotional abuse that seeks to control a partner through a pattern of over the top criticism and reality distortion. The term “Gaslighting”

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Mindful Practice in the Rain

Mindful Practice does not discriminate. It cools hot tempers and restores awareness. Rain does not discriminate either. It cools, refreshes and restores everyone. “RAIN” is also a well-known

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Confessions of a Passive-Aggressive Husband

I Confess… I am a Passive Aggressive Husband I have a confession to make. I am a passive-aggressive husband. I am not proud of it.  And, as a couples therapist, I am not particularly comfortable

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Borderlines in Couples Therapy

Borderlines in couples therapy can be very challenging. Many couples therapists dread working with clients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an unfortunately

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Alexithymia and Marital Conflict

What is Alexithymia? Some people struggle when asked to explain or share and their emotions. This is a personality trait known as alexithymia. People with alexithymia can describe their physiological

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Emotional Abuse and Marital Conflict

A Working Definition of Emotional Abuse Emotional abuse is not the same thing as Domestic Violence. I think of emotional abuse as a combination of two of the Four Horsemen (Contempt and Criticism) standing

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Secure Attachment Poker… What’s in Your Hand?

Secure Attachment Style Poker… What Kind of Hand Were You Dealt? As we mentioned previously, your attachment style is your worldview of how you believe love and intimate relationships work. Attachment

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