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Validating Others is a Win-Win Practice
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 27 July 2015 - 0 Comments

One of the most common complaints expressed by mates during couple therapy is that one or both do not feel valued, respected, appreciated or positively regarded by the other. Why would these attributes command [...]

The Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Marriage
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 20 July 2015 - 0 Comments

Why do some marriages survive, thrive or fail? The secrets to a healthy and satisfying long-term union between two committed partners have intrigued many individuals and researchers alike. Various psychological, developmental, relational and situational [...]

The benefits of being coupled in later years
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 13 July 2015 - 0 Comments

Our culture idolizes youthfulness, high energy, productiveness, quick wit and fast-paced life. It also delights in young couples and families. We may not be fully appreciative of the exceptional benefits of later life love [...]

Protect Your Children’s Rights During and After Your Divorce
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 06 July 2015 - 0 Comments

The divorce of one’s parents is difficult and emotionally distressing for children of all ages. A subsequent remarriage of either parent creates an additional adjustment.  A father’s remarriage to a younger woman may be [...]

Rekindling a Lost Love
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 28 June 2015 - 0 Comments

It is common for people in midlife to begin reviewing their life-path, assessing their past choices, decisions and actions as a way to better understand and accept their present emotional, vocational, social and interpersonal [...]

Dealing with Internet Addictive Behavior
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 22 June 2015 - 0 Comments

In modern vernacular we frequently label some of our or others’ behaviors as “addictions”. We may refer to exercise, shopping, game playing, reading, working, surfing the Internet or even sun bathing as “addictions”. This [...]

Managing Fights Between Your Young Siblings
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 14 June 2015 - 0 Comments

Sibling rivalry is a common phenomenon in which brothers and sisters vie for primacy in the eyes of their parents to attain security and wellbeing. Parents find their children’s fights, arguments and hostility needless [...]

Dealing With Adult Separation Anxiety
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 07 June 2015 - 0 Comments

Separation anxiety in children commonly occurs when a baby or young child is separated from his/her mother, father or other significant attachment figure. The overwhelmed child’s panic reaction and heart-wrenching cries must be understood [...]