13 Books to Help Strengthen Your Relationships

Relationships take a lot of work. While the good times feel easy and wonderful, there are times of conflict in every relationship. And, there are a lot of things about relationships, boundaries, compromising, and communicating effectively, that most of us just don’t learn. (Until we have to learn them the hard way.) Sometimes we [...]

By |2020-04-30T22:17:39+00:00May 1st, 2020|relationships|0 Comments

10 Ways You Can Support Someone Grieving During The Coronavirus Crisis

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for HuffPost. "For someone who has recently gone through a loss, understand that "one of the best things you can do as a friend, family member or support person, is to hold space for them," said Maureen Werrbach, owner of Urban Wellness Counseling in Chicago. All too often, we [...]

By |2020-04-15T20:36:16+00:00April 15th, 2020|pandemic, relationships, social skills|0 Comments

How to Fight Fair in Your Relationship

Conflict, in any relationship, is inevitable.  No matter how perfect you and your partner are for one another, no matter how much you love each other, and no matter how much you usually bring out the best in each other–it’s just a fact of life. You are different people. And the differences that make [...]

By |2020-02-28T16:24:47+00:00February 28th, 2020|relationships|0 Comments

8 Ways Setting Boundaries Can Transform Your Relationships

When you hear the word, “boundaries,” what do you think of? In a relationship context, boundaries are both necessary and helpful. Even though boundaries are a part of every relationship we have, folks tend to think of setting a boundary as something that means the relationship is unhealthy. However, establishing a boundary in a [...]

By |2020-01-10T17:02:29+00:00January 10th, 2020|boundaries, relationships, self growth|0 Comments

11 Habits Of Long-Term Couples Who Are Still Excited to Be Around Each Other

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Bustle. "Finding humor in your relationship goes a long way. "Studies show that couples who laugh together often are more emotionally connected and enjoy being around each other," says psychotherapist Maureen Werrbach, LCPC over email. "Having inside jokes and being able to laugh together is a surefire way to keep the [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:08:41+00:00December 22nd, 2017|relationships|0 Comments

11 Interesting Things Happy Couples Often Do Before Bed

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Bustle. "As psychotherapist Maureen Werrbach, LCPC tells me, you two should sit down, make eye contact, nod to show you're listening, and ask questions. "Anything that lets your partner know you are actively listening and interested in them," she says. It'll make all the difference in the world." Read the whole [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:08:10+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Habits, relationships|0 Comments

Understanding “Pressure Points” in our Relationships

As a therapist who often works with couples or individuals with relationship issues, it is fascinating to see the patterns that emerge. We all have them. It seems in every relationship we are in, varieties of the same issues come into play. Of course, depending on the intensity of the relationship the trait can [...]

By |2019-05-14T20:47:40+00:00September 25th, 2017|Heidi Kalman, pain points, relationships, trauma|2 Comments

Three Ways to Keep Your Relationship in the Positive Perspective

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for The Gottman Institute. "Positive Sentiment Override (PSO) or the Positive Perspective is something that couples can work on every day. Having a Positive Perspective of your partner and your relationship helps to more effectively problem solve during conflict, make more repair attempts (an action or statement that aims at reducing [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:07:52+00:00November 18th, 2016|relationships|0 Comments

When You and Your Partner Fight

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Psych Central. "It’s an inescapable truth that you and your partner will argue or fight. Often in therapy, I see that couples are unable to resolve a conflict, especially if it is regarding what renowned couples therapists Drs. John and Julie Gottman call “gridlock issues.” When this happens, couples often argue, then [...]

By |2020-03-31T18:59:17+00:00November 18th, 2016|relationships|0 Comments

When You Fight Fairly, but Your Partner Doesn’t

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Psych Central. "So you’ve scoured the Internet, read a bunch of self-help books, and even seen a therapist to help you learn how to communicate effectively with your partner. Eventually you come to the conclusion that no matter how fairly you fight with your partner, he or she just doesn’t fight [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:00:58+00:00November 18th, 2016|relationships|0 Comments

Are You Turning Towards Your Partner?

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Psych Central. "...The foundation and inside of a healthy relationship rest on things like trust and commitment, fondness and admiration, turning towards and a positive perspective of your partner, as well as a healthy conflict style, and shared meaning." -Maureen Werrbach, LCPC | Therapist at Urban Wellness Read the complete [...]

By |2020-03-31T18:58:53+00:00November 18th, 2016|relationships|0 Comments

When Someone You Love is Unhappy

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Psych Central. "Love is what connects us to others. It provides us with fond memories of those around us. The truth about love, though, is that it often links our own happiness with the happiness of others. We feel compelled to make those we love who are unhappy, happy." -Maureen [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:01:29+00:00November 17th, 2016|Depression, relationships|0 Comments

Predicting Divorce: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse

*Article contribution by Maureen Werrbach, LCPC for Psych Central. "The beginning of a relationship is a lot like buying a new house. Everything seems terrific, and that initial excitement can last for weeks, months, or even years. But like any house that isn’t taken care of, eventually your relationship may start to fall apart, leaving you wondering [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:03:43+00:00November 17th, 2016|relationships|0 Comments