Summer Vacation as a Litmus Test: How to Communicate your way to a great vacation! By: Ingrid Jacob-Hicks, M.A. MFT Intern   Putting all routine aside, you decide it’s time for a break and to spend time with your family. Great idea – sounds simple, right? Vacation is time to relax, unwind, enjoy the moments, and let go of the …

How To Succeed At Last-Ditch Couples Therapy (With Really Trying, But Trying Effectively) By Dr. Bonnie Ray Kennan, MFT   Another relationship bites the dust. It is an occupational hazard for a couples therapist, sad, nonetheless. Despite my best efforts to help people negotiate the choppy waters of relationship distress, many of them simply don’t make it.   It goes …

HOW DOES JOHN GOTTMAN PREDICT DIVORCE? By Dr. Bonnie Ray Kennan, MFT     Do you recognize any of these warning signs that your relationship might need some work?      The First Sign: Harsh Startup 96% of the time you can predict the outcome of a conversation based on the first three minutes of a 15-minute interaction. When a …