Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

April 3, 2020

Before COVID-19 we didn’t worry about who we were meeting or if we would risk lives by meeting someone for a coffee date. With most people in the United States practice social distancing, dating practices have changed overnight. Meeting up in person is risky, sharing a...

February 14, 2020

If you’re dating or in a new relationship, you may be convinced that all guys really want in a relationship is sex. But therapists working with couples agree that although men enjoy and put emphasis on the sexual aspects of their relationship that isn’t the glue that h...

November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and most of us look forward to seeing family and sharing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In most families, there is always an uncle or aunt you can unfortunately count on to be the same. You can predict with perfection who wi...

November 8, 2019

You may have dismissed it as being a made-up idea, but cuffing season is real and often begins in November. Just when you thought you’d stay home by the fire and enjoy your pumpkin-spiced latte, you get a text from someone who seems to really be into you. But is it sin...

October 18, 2019

Just when you thought your goal was to find someone and settle down like your parents, Match.com, the popular online dating site, announced their biggest fans are over 50 years of age. You don’t outgrow the need to have someone special in your life, and facing health,...

September 9, 2019

Being single when you rather be with someone is difficult. Coupled friends may invite you to join them but it can leave you feeling like the third wheel at a table set for four. To avoid these feelings many singles, divorcees, and widowers date people they get along wi...

July 15, 2019

We’re all influencers to someone because we’re all mentoring. Parents influence children, and teachers mentor and influence students. There are very few parents who haven’t experienced a child telling them the correct answer was something their teacher had said and not...

May 31, 2019

Love bombing, a manipulative behavior that utilizes excessive flattery to control an unsuspecting potential partner, is the antithesis of everything love stands for. It’s cruel and selfish, often leaving a person feeling confused and foolish for falling for such a mani...

March 4, 2019

If you’re currently dating, you’ve probably had experiences with orbiters, stashing (your date having another relationship on the side just in case) or ghosting, but now there is a new dating phenomenon called “mosting.” While ghosting is when an interested partner you...

February 18, 2019

Many men worry about their wives or spouses changing them, but rarely do they talk about trying to change their partner. That doesn’t mean there are things they’d like to change though, especially if it improves the relationships. Across my many years of counseling, I...

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