Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

December 27, 2017

The loneliest most of us ever feel is when we are with someone we don’t care for. A bad date or a bad marriage can make us feel isolated and unloved. Even still, many people go out with people they don’t have feelings for to avoid being alone for New Year’s Eve. After...

August 27, 2017

Relationships are complicated and nowhere is that more evident than when you’re dating. Each person behaves and communicates differently. For example, assume you and your partner get home from a long day of work and meetings. One of you - the extrovert - is eager to ta...

July 10, 2017

Fear of commitment is a common theme in movies, songs and love stories. It exists in both men and women, but is supported and actually excused with men. In fact, when I asked a group of friends which sex is more likely to have a fear of commitment they all said unanimo...

June 5, 2017

No matter what magazine you pick up, you’ll find a section about relationships. Often, they promote the importance of physical attraction and chemistry, encouraging you to look or act a certain way. As a licensed therapist, I understand their view on the importance of...

May 1, 2017

As a seasoned licensed therapist, I can tell you that relationships change over time and with society. For millennials it means wanting a Facebook relationship status that everyone will recognize, like, and comment on. They want couple photos on Instagram, along with b...

March 20, 2017

If you’ve been trying to put the marriage idea in your partner’s ear, today is the day. March 20th has been named “National Proposal Day.” No matter who you are or what you think is romantic – today is your day to pop the question. With March 20th being the first day o...

February 17, 2017

College used to be a time when dating was rampant. But now 60% of all college students are female and 40 % are male. There doesn’t seem to be enough males to go around. Women have given in to what everyone else is doing. That is hooking up. A hook up is when you go out...

February 13, 2017

My clinical practice involves working with men and women. For the most part, men and women communicate very differently; misunderstandings are not only common but almost impossible to avoid. Many women would be surprised to discover that men really do stress about what...

February 13, 2017

It’s easy to feel frustrated and a little down when your coupled friends are telling you about their Valentine’s Day plans. Although it doesn’t seem to bother you any other time of the year, there’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes you feel nostalgic or alone...

February 10, 2017

Hi, Mary Jo,

What advice do you have for parents who don’t usually go on date night but are wanting to go out for Valentine’s Day? 


Dear Connie,

I’m sure friends and Google have ideas, but these are my personal favorites. They add three important keys to great relat...

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