Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

February 5, 2017

When you hear about great sex, you don’t usually hear about it being monogamous. The kind of sex you hear about is made to appear wild, exciting and for the most part recreational. Couples who enjoy a great sex life don’t feel the need to boast; it’s intimate and respe...

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 31, 2016

It’s that time of the year when couples begin talking about what they’re dressing up as for Halloween. It may seem insignificant who wears what costume, but relationship researchers suggest it reveals a lot about the couple. To fall in love is to grow and want another...

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...

June 7, 2016

Expectations get in the way with reality and setting your expectations too high can lead to frustration and breakups. There are things you can expect though and, in fact, you should expect in a healthy relationship. These things are not negotiable. If your relationship...

May 3, 2016

Since you were small you were told to keep trying, that experience leads to perfection, and the more you experience, the better job you’ll do. That may be true in most things, but when it comes to your marriage the more experience you have with dating, the less content...

March 8, 2016

 Are you just in the wrong place at the wrong time or are you finding yourself constantly being approached, wined and dined by unavailable men? It’s becoming easier for many women to find themselves in a situation where they have the right chemistry, great conversation...

September 27, 2010

This past week I had a client who was relatively new to me. She is young, professional and seeking a relationship with a good guy. She wants a family and feels ready. She was all smiles this week, a change I noted immediately. When visiting with her more, I mentioned h...

May 13, 2010

Every marital therapist I know (as well as any other sort of couples therapist) talks about “Date Night” as a way of restoring a couple’s intimacy. Date nights are supposed to be a time off with just you and your partner. Dinner, movies, and trips are common types of “...

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