Articles by Mary Jo

Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

May 22, 2017

The summer may mean more relaxed schedules for kids, but for parents it means the kids are around 24/7. If you’re like many parents, you don’t wake up alone with your partner; you wake up with at least one kid in your bed. You may have been able to find quiet time with...

April 25, 2017

I see couples every day who are referred for help with their intimacy and sex life. There are numerous medications and treatments that can help minimize sexual dysfunctions. Resolving past conflicts and resentments can also spark a tired sex life. Methods, such as brea...

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...

March 18, 2017

Marriage is tough and commitment is not biologically natural, which is one reason when you get married you must commit to monogamy. This is my theory, and although there are many theories in marital therapy, the one that works the best is the one that works for the cou...

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...

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 12, 2017

Knowing you're loved and feeling the love are two TOTALLY different things. Miscommunication happens frequently in families, among friends and in relationships. Expecting an "I love you" or "You look pretty" is not too much to ask, so why do so many spouses neglect say...

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...

February 8, 2017

If you are a woman you can relate to the fact then many men always seem “on.” They may work all day, come home exhausted, but if you mention sex, most of them are ready and raring to go. Women are not like this. We need time to make a transition into sexy. A big mistak...

February 7, 2017

The loneliest feeling does not come from being single. It is being married or living with someone, but feeling alone. This happens when one of the partners checks out or leaves the relationship emotionally but eats there, does their laundry there and sleeps there. For...

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