Personal Relationships

Make Giving Thanks a Regular Practice

To begin the Thanksgiving week, I thought we’d focus on giving thanks — otherwise known as gratitude. Thanksgiving kicks off the next month of hustle and bustle and holiday spirit, but with it comes an opportunity to ge...

How Much Should You Rely On Your Significant Other For Confidence?

This article is not about Kim and Kanye. But it is based on something Kim Kardashian said recently in the press, and The Huffington Post reported: In the December issue of Cosmopolitan U.K., Kim tells editors about how her boyf...

The Destructive Art of Self-Sabotage

I’m not sure when we got so great at self-sabotage, but it’s become an art form. I myself have become a master, as have many of my friends, and maybe even you. Today a great coach and friend of mine pointed out that I w...


Learning to Talk About Sex

I love talking about things that typically make other people feel uncomfortable, especially in the therapy world. Those uncomfortable topics are usually money and sex. Last week I presented at a fall conference for marriage and...

Life Lessons from Taylor Swift

The Huffington Post, in honor of her album dropping last week, published “10 Life Lessons from Taylor Swift.” Objectively, Ms. Swift has the life experience of an 8th grader, and the emotional intelligence to go wit...

Take the Negative Self-Talk Out of Dating

I’ve been loving Marcy Farrey’s Saturday posts about single life (which you should totally check out) because conversations about dating are common in my office. The conversations are usually about self and feeling vulnerab...


Family Matters: Splitting Holidays

Being in a relationship means making compromises. What’s important to one partner sometimes must be weighed against what is important to other partners. But when you jump into a relationship or even a marriage, it’s...

4 Issues that Lead to Breakups

We’ve talked about the magic ratio to keep your relationship healthy, so I want to help you be on the lookout for four things that will eventually take any relationship down the breakup path. John Gottman, a renowned research...

Facebook and Your Mental Health

Facebook has woven its way into the lives of millions — a lot of you probably even found your way to this post from Facebook. I hope it’s because we’re Facebook friends, I’ve liked your posts, you’ve liked CGN, or...


Aaaand Break! — Build Your Team For Professional Success

In my past life as a sales manager, I used to pose a question to my new sales staff members while they were in training: on the path to success, what is a salesperson’s biggest obstacle? They would think for a moment befo...