June 6, 2017

How to Really Listen to Your Spouse

In a long-term relationship, it becomes important to be able to listen to your partner. As you

live your lives together, sometimes important and even difficult conversations must be had in order for the two of you to stay close and con...

April 15, 2017

Is the Collaborative Divorce Process Right for You?

Divorce is difficult, but it doesn't have to be destructive. In the past, divorce has been dealt with in the courtroom. Spouses are encouraged to focus on everything that is wrong with their partner in order to get a b...

March 13, 2017

When a couple divorces, emotions are high, words become heated, and stress levels are piqued. Both parties are on edge and their main focus is getting through the process in one piece. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a third-party who doesn't have a voice - children....

December 14, 2016

Getting men into therapy has its challenges and benefits. As a professional counselor and family therapist, in this blog, Vicki James offers her sharp, specific insight into this topic. 

Therapy Isn’t About Telling You What to Do

There are many proven challenges when it...

October 10, 2016

Sometimes, couples may delay marital therapy because one or both of the partners has fears about what to expect from counseling.  It is important to realize that the therapist is a neutral facilitator .  

As a therapist, I won't take sides, my goal is to support th...

July 25, 2016

It is difficult for most people to move from reporting again and again (rehashing)  the problems in their relationship.  The problem leads to hurt and mistrust so it continues a cycle of  emotional pain.  I believe this comes from a point of fear of being hurt. "I will...

April 28, 2016

Parents often talk about their children's report cards.  Parents want their children to do their best and everyone knows that A's are better than F's.  There are other grades in between excellent and failing, such as good job or needs improvement.  

What if ch...

March 28, 2016

Have you ever felt trapped in a bad situation or relationship?  Seems like you don't have any way to get someone to understand you or even consider a different course of action?  Every thing you try just doesn't make a difference and you feel like you are talking to a...

March 18, 2016

Paying attention seems like all we do when there are so many things to attend to...  the key to paying attention is to stay present, in the here and now.  I have to admit this is a very difficult skill to acquire and maintain and it takes practice.  Once you bring your...

March 14, 2016

It takes time to build a positive step parenting relationship.  Hopefully, good preparation went on before the actual introduction and expectations are defined and understood.  


1.) Discuss with your spouse what his/her expectations are of you as a step parent.



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