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5 Reasons Why Long-Term Marriages Can Still End In Divorce

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). 1.68 million people got married in 2020. In that same year, 630 000 filed for divorce and annulments. These figures are down from previous years due to the pandemic, but they reveal something interesting about the nature of long term marriages and gray divorce. Divorce is a trying and turbulent time for every couple that goes through it. The effects can feel even sharper for couples …

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5 Self-Care Habits That Will Improve Your Love Life – As Seen In – InStyle.com

Our founder, Dr. Dana McNeil PsyD was once again featured in an article published at InStyle.com. There, she talked about how self-care habits can improve one’s love life. Dr. Dana McNeil stresses that people should invest time and energy into self-love as they give to the people they love. “Self-care is not a luxury or an indulgence, because if you don’t have any gas in the emotional tank left you are not going to be …

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How to Deal with Unsolvable Relationship Problems

Working through issues together is a healthy sign in a relationship, but what happens when there isn’t a tidy solution? While navigating conflict is a normal part of being in a relationship, some problems are unsolvable. This begs the question: how should you deal with a problem you can’t fix? Well, it helps to know how common this actually is. According to Dr. John Gottman, unsolvable relationship problems can make up two-thirds of a couple’s …

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Lacking Intimacy In Your Marriage? Here’s What You Can Do

While not every couple wants or needs it to be happy, sexual intimacy is vital for many married people. A lack of sexual intimacy in marriage can be frustrating, even when other parts of the relationship are in a good place. Being in a sexless marriage is a hard topic for many spouses. It’s often what keeps them from getting the support they need, especially when the underlying issues aren’t obvious.  There’s good news, though. …

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How To Spot And Stop Gaslighting In Relationships

Gaslighting has gained more public attention in recent years, but the term isn’t always used in the right context. It’s a form of abuse that undermines a person’s reality, often with subtle manipulation, but it isn’t limited to harmful behavior. Breaking the cycle means knowing what gaslighting looks like, how it sustains itself, and how to counter it safely. In this guide, we’ll break down what you need to know about gaslighting in relationships – …

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Flexible Roles In Couples: The Secret Of Happy Marriages

We often think of marriage as a traditional institution, but it’s not a static feature in our society. Legally and socially, it’s still the most widely accepted way for couples to make their status official. However, law and society have seen massive shifts even in the last few decades. Looking at this through a legal and social lens is essential.  When we talk about flexible roles in marriages, we aren’t just talking about the dynamic …

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How to Build Intimacy in Your Relationship and Be a Better Partner – As Seen In – Men’s Journal

When asked how to build intimacy in the relationship and be a better partner, our founder Dr. Dana McNeil believes men should have these intimacy tools. “The brain is an erogenous zone, and without the ability to access those intimacy tools, the desire, sex drive, and an ability to function with your partner in a loving way flies out the window,” says McNeil. She also explained how lack of sexual intimacy happens in a heterosexual relationship. …

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10 Reasons Why New Parents Should Go To Couples Therapy

Parenthood, like marriage, is an exciting time for many couples. It can represent change, growth, and a new phase of life full of possibility. Even then, transitioning to parenthood is rarely easy. This is where couples therapy for parenting comes in. Couples therapy can offer so much to couples beyond their connection to each other. Even when focused on romance and intimacy, therapy doesn’t view relationships in isolation. People are deeply social, and the ways …

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Emotional Tune-Up: How to Stay Healthy in Times of Stress – As Seen In – San Diego Family

Our founder Dr. Dana McNeil was featured in an interesting article from San Diego Family. It talks about Emotional Tune-Up: How To Stay Healthy In Times Of Stress. Here, she encourages parents to tune in to physical reactions to stress. Dr. Dana McNeil, licensed therapist and founder of The Relationship Place in San Diego, encourages parents to tune in to physical reactions to stress. Is your breathing shallow? Your pulse racing? Are you having difficulty …

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25 Things You Should Openly Discuss With Your Partner Before Marriage

Before your wedding day, you need to find time to talk about things that will be crucial to your married life. Many couples get married thinking they know everything about each other, but some topics may only come up years after tying the knot. Talking through them beforehand is the key to maintaining an emotional bond long-term. Dr. John Gottman lists 7 principles for a happy marriage and the discussions below help partners connect through …

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