How To Change Your Own Contempt

Ken Fremont-Smith, MAC, LMHC

You may not even be aware of how you are acting or speaking out of contempt—often it can feel like you are being genuine. Dr. John Gottman realized there needs to be a path that leads to a culture of appreciation, and that is by expressing your feelings and longings.

The Pursuer-Distancer Dynamic

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

While all couples need autonomy and closeness, many partners struggle with the pursuer-distancer dance and feel chronically dissatisfied with their degree of intimacy. When the pattern of pursuing and distancing becomes ingrained, the behavior of one partner provokes and maintains the behavior of the other.

Do Trial Separations Work?

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

Can a relationship benefit from taking a break? It all comes down to outlining clear intentions, communication, and goals.