Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

November 13, 2017

In the United States between 40 to 50 percent of married couples divorce. Divorce happens for many reasons, but marriage experts often believe if the couple had taken time apart, worked with a mental health professional, or received pre-marriage education, divorce coul...

July 19, 2017

Long before physical cheating happens within a marriage there are episodes of mindless, careless actions couples begin doing. These are not thought of as cheating, but they are a betrayal and when you’re the partner of someone who is engaged with one of the “casual for...

April 10, 2017

Porn is everywhere today, and it’s available on every gadget you own. This compulsion has ruined numerous marriages and relationships, but another problem with porn is how it impacts the mind. Porn changes brain chemistry, making the user less likely to appreciate and...

April 7, 2017

When I get a call from a urologist to refer a patient suffering erectile dysfunction, my mind typically sees a 50 plus year old gentleman. Recently this image in my mind is being replaced with a 20+ year old that is addicted to internet porn. Viewing porn has been arou...

March 8, 2017

Emotional affairs (EAs) are sneaky and it is common to find out you are in one without really understanding when and how it happened. Facebook, instant messaging, texting, and tweeting have opened doors for emotional affairs to storm in and have also built the walls ne...

February 26, 2017

The recent statistics from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has reported that about one-third (33.8%) of U.S. adults are obese. That number rises every day, and keeping up with it is more difficult than keeping up with your stocks. I work with the fi...

February 22, 2017

A frequent question I hear is, “Should I divorce?” How do you know when your marriage is over? It’s a difficult question and one no one can answer for you. For one couple, a cheating spouse may be the final reason. For another couple, cheating may be worked through, bu...

December 16, 2016

A forty-year old single mom who was online dating in Washington thought she’d found the man of her dreams. Recently divorced, she had three daughters, ages 12, 10 and 7 who will never see their mother again. This mom met a guy online and began a relationship. Her mothe...

October 24, 2016

If you’ve ever been in a relationship with a manipulator, chances are you’ll never forget it. You end up being put into situations you don’t like being in and feel trapped to resist the situation or consequences. In a sense we are all manipulated into buying something...

September 12, 2016

Long before physical cheating happens within a marriage there are episodes of mindless, careless actions couples begin doing. These are not thought of as cheating, but they are a betrayal and when you’re the partner of someone who is engaged with one of the “casual for...

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