toxic friendships

Weeding Out Toxic Friendships

Fall/winter is usually pretty low energy in general, and although we know socializing is good for us, it can be tougher to self-motivate to get together with friends. Is it normal to feel like you have less energy to give to your platonic relationships when the days are shorter/darker, and why? During fall and winter, most of us settle into a “wintering” or nesting frame of mind, spirit, and body. For some people, the production …

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unsolvable relationship problems

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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gaslighting in relationships

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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8 Warning Signs Of Codependency In A Relationship

Co-dependency is a behavior that is often developed in childhood as a response to growing up with caregivers who were inconsistent with their attention or support. When children don’t have consistent parental behaviors that can be relied on or feel conditional, they often develop coping skills that place the needs of the adults above the child. Children develop these responses in order to survive childhood and as a way of trying to keep in their …

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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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Can I Do The Gottman Method On My Own?

Dr. Dana McNeil, the Founder of The Relationship Place, answers the question, “Can I do the Gottman Method on my own?” While it is possible to get the book and do the Gottman Method yourself, it can be difficult to stick with it. Having a therapist or counselor who can guide you on how to put it into practice, explain the reality of it, and show what it looks like in real life will benefit …

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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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couples therapy vs individual therapy

Why Should I Look For A Couple’s Therapist Instead Of An Individual Therapist?

Dana McNeil, the Founder of The Relationship Place, explains why you should look for a couple’s therapist instead of an individual therapist. Somebody who is a couple’s therapist has different tools and approaches than somebody who is an individual therapist. Therapists for individuals support you, mirror back what you’re feeling, and ultimately help you figure out the answer you’ve had all along. Somebody who is a couple’s therapist is trained to be a neutral party. …

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