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Staff Articles

Does Your Marriage Have Cancer?

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

By Jill Woolworth, LMFT If you found a lump on your body, would you wait more than a few days before you sought medical advice?  If your child had symptoms of an illness for two weeks, would you just hope they went away? Sadly, this is what many couples do when their marriage is sick.  They think or say: “Maybe [...]

Treatment for Individuals and Families Dealing with Addiction

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

By Ginny Gray, LCSW A large part of my practice is working with clients and family members struggling with alcoholism, addiction, and the accompanying issues of mood disorders and trauma. For those who are struggling with these areas, please be aware that the tendency is to suffer in silence and in isolation.  This is where the problem or disease breeds.​ [...]

The Influence of Family Past on our Relationship Future

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

By Julie Hall, LMFT I’ll let you in on a secret.  One of the first arguments my husband and I had as a married couple was over…butter…yes, butter.   You see, he had grown up in a home where the butter’s rightful place was resting upon the kitchen counter while my mother had me put the butter in the refrigerator during [...]

New Book! Families and Forgiveness

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

By Nicole Zasowski, LMFT I am so excited to share the news that the book that I co-wrote with my mentor, Terry Hargrave, is here! Families and Forgiveness, Second Edition combines our personal stories, the latest research, and case studies to give the therapist a working knowledge of the importance of love and trustworthiness, skills to adequately assess hurt and pain in a family, [...]

Wielding Swords

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

By Steve Gilbert, LMFT “It’s been 20 years. Why does this still bother me?” For six years I have heard this question posed in different ways and had the privilege of witnessing the transformation and healing of lives in my office. Many of my clients have shared burdens from the past that they haven’t found a way to release or [...]

Stand By Me In Infertility

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

By Julie Hall, MBA, MS, MFT There are few things that social media loves more than a baby announcement. It’s the picture of an expectant mother gently cradling her belly while her partner lovingly looks on. It’s the picture of a beaming toddler wearing a shirt that says “big brother” or “big sister”. It’s the picture of a couple holding [...]

Hope for the Holidays

December 18th, 2015|0 Comments

By Nicole Zasowski, MS, LMFT For many, the holiday season evokes joy and warmth as we gather with loved ones around delicious food and festive celebration. The holidays are a time when we are reminded of what really matters. We pause and take time to connect with family and dear friends in our community. The glow of the season is [...]

Fairfield County Youth “At Risk?”

September 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Fairfield County Youth “At Risk?”

By Nancy Sadock, MA, LMFT I’ll never forget what my pediatrician said to me after the birth of my first child. I can still picture myself as an anxious, inexperienced mom firing a barrage of questions at him as he quietly examined all 6 pounds 13 ounces of her. I wanted to know how to DO everything perfectly so she [...]

The Marriage I.C.U.

March 13th, 2015|0 Comments

By Jill Woolworth, LMFT I work in an emergency room-- an ER for relationships. Couples come in emotionally bleeding and deeply injured, but their pain isn’t visible on the outside. Their spouse can’t see it either. They see and feel their own pain as larger than life and their partner as the enemy who caused it. Imagine two people brought [...]

Parenting 101: A Guide to Love

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Susan Gestal, LPC While parenting is one of the most difficult tasks any of us will ever face, putting down the basic framework for how to parent is much easier. The application of the basic principles is what turns a parent’s hair gray! Children need two things. That’s simple, isn’t it! Children need unconditional love and reasonable limits. Let’s start with love [...]

School is bad for our Closest Relationships

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Jill Woolworth, LMFT So are business, sports, the arts and every other arena in which we are taught to compete, excel and be cool under pressure.  Why?  Because we carry the skill set we learn there into our homes and it wreaks havoc in moments of stress.  How does this happen? From the day we enter school, we [...]

The real “F” word is FEAR

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Jill Woolworth, LMFT Fear of rejection.  Not fear of death or spiders or heights. We understand those fears; they make sense. Fear of rejection is invisible.  It is the unseen engine that blows up relationships.   We were designed for loving, interdependent community.  Jesus prayed "that they all might be one as we are one." (John 17:22)  We need [...]

Myths About Your Teen

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Nicole Zasowski, LMFT The teen years are often characterized by turmoil and parents often feel at a loss for how to impact their teens.  In addition, our culture supports several myths that make it almost impossible for parents to have confidence in the influence that they DO have.  Below are common myths and ideas for how to tackle [...]

Helping Children Cope with Divorce: Returning to the Business of Being Children

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Virginia Gray, LCSW It is a well-known fact that approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce.  Over 1,000,000 children in the United States experience the dissolution of their parents’ marriage, marking the beginning of a series of life changes for these children and their parents. There are both short-term issues and quite possibly serious long-term consequences from the [...]

Learning your Relationship Dance

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Nicole Zasowski, LMFT I remember the day clearly.  It was exam week at Fuller Theological Seminary, where I attended graduate school and my husband and I were taking a walk through the lovely tree-lined Pasadena neighborhoods for a much needed study break.  I loved these times together not only because we enjoyed walking together and looking at the beautiful [...]

How do you talk to your Kids about Trauma?

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By George Faller, LMFT Trauma is an event where there is a threat to one’s self or others and evokes feelings of terror, helplessness, and loss.  It results in distrust, disorganization, and scrambled signals.  It is not the nature of the event, but the subjective experience that is key. What influences our experience of an event are several factors, [...]

On Parenting…Very Important : but Doesn’t Draw Crowds

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Susan Gestal, LPC Most of us are comfortable with our child expressing “positive” feelings such as happy, excited or thankful, but how do you feel when your child is expressing anger, fear or sadness? Ask yourself… in our home are some feelings more acceptable than others? Do you or someone you know give out a clear message that [...]

Discipline in 300 Words

November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

By Susan Gestal, LPC   Discipline, there’s a word that causes some of us to panic; it may even bring up negative memories or fear. Let me put a positive spin on discipline. Discipline provides loving responses and limits that allow our children the opportunity to grow and mature in a safe and healthy environment. Does that sound [...]

Anyone for Charred Apricots?

October 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

By Jill Woolworth, LMFT Yesterday, I watched an attractive middle-aged woman back her convertible out of a driveway. A car  zipped by on the main road and she had to brake suddenly. “@*$%!” she exclaimed angrily to no one  in particular. Her face looked contorted for a few seconds before she zoomed off. What message did her body receive? How [...]