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Almost everyone is either part of a couple or wants to be. Often people seek my help in trying to find that special someone, or to make a dating relationship successful.

Once in a committed relationship, the real couples work begins.

Some relationships are rescue jobs, where one partner “fixes’ the other. Some involve a stuck pattern in which the more partner A under-functions, the more B over-functions. Some clients need help reclaiming power which has been usurped by a controlling partner.

Others are struggling with whether to stay or go, and what effect either decision will have on their children.

In-laws and children increase pressure upon the couple. Money, sickness, jealousy, infidelity, secrets–these and more are the issues I work with in couples coaching.

I can help even if only one partner is willing to seek coaching. If one person changes, the other partner cannot stay the same.

Change is always possible, even if all you change is your own attitude.

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Rescue Marriages

It probably seemed pretty clear how the first problem marriage structure, of the over- and under-functioning spouses, could lead to marital stress–although  many of these couples stay together for the long-term. The second ‘problem marriage,’ in my view, though, is that of the rescue marriage, and oftentimes it’s harder for people to see the problem with […]

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Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family

Anne Robert’s guest post add important information to my multiple earlier posts on challenges for blended families. Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family Blending families is never easy, and many couples (and their children) need support and mediation in order to overcome their vision of what the ‘perfect family’ looks like and accept the reality […]

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The Long-Term Consequences Of Childhood Bullying

An important post from guest writer Anne Roberts.   Bullying is bad. It’s horrendous to experience, it’s soul-destroying, and it smashes children’s personalities to pieces just as they’re hitting a crucial stage of their development. Some, however, are still of the opinion that bullying ‘builds character’. Well, it’s time to put that idea down. Science states […]

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Meditation on nothing–letter to psychiatrist. Holiday guest post by Rhona Finkel

Dear Dr. Jaffe, Have you ever noticed there can be a lot of “nothing” lying around? I mean, just take my first niece. She went to meet my soon-to-be-sister-in-law who [quite unfortunately] came with her own babies—two cats. Named after two delicacies at Walker Brothers pancake house, they were Apple Pancake (may he rest in […]

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