Investing in your Relationship

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 Investing in your Relationship   All couples face challenges. Some may bring you closer, others will drive you apart – but that doesn’t have to be the end.   Instead of hopes and dreams, your conversations may revolve around money issues, unfulfilled promises and the division of daily tasks.  You may be frustrated with your partner’s approach to parenting.  Maybe, both of you have put a higher priority on your careers than on your relationship.  Instead of providing love and … Read More

Marital Affairs Are More Common Than You May Think

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Marital Affairs Are More Common Than You May Think   It’s impossible to state definitively how common affairs really are. The data varies considerably, but studies suggest that anywhere between 20 and 76 percent of people have engaged in a sexual affair at least once.   When you add emotional infidelities to the mix, the numbers grow even larger.   If left unaddressed, affairs threaten intimacy, increase disconnection and can be the demise of a relationship. However, with the help … Read More

When Infidelity Leads to Divorce

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When Infidelity Leads to Divorce   Sometimes infidelity may be too difficult to overcome.  Couples may mutually decide to divorce, but if they have children or assets that they share, it will be in everyone’s best interests to come to terms with the emotional toll of – not only the breach of trust – but the marital problems that contributed to the affair.   If either you or your partner feels that the connection between you has been broken or … Read More

What Makes Richard Sussman Therapy Unique?

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What Makes Richard Sussman Therapy Unique?   In his practice, Richard Sussman offers a unique integration of meditation and psychotherapy. Over almost 50 years as a practicing therapist studying contemplative practices, he has learned that there is a significant crossover between the two.   Simply put, psychotherapy—whether it’s through a specific focus, such as couples counseling, anger management therapy or addiction counseling—helps people deal with where they’re at, and meditation helps them deal with where they’re at with where they’re … Read More

Get to Know Richard Sussman

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Get to Know Richard Sussman   Richard Sussman always felt compelled to help people. Even at a young age, he was far more interested in how the mind, emotions and body work together than in business or money. Today, he loves helping people cultivate awareness and self-love.  He is helps them live in the present and turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.   “We can never be anywhere but in the here and now, although the majority of us dwell in the past … Read More

How To Improve Communication In Marriage

Using “I feel” statements to make rather than break your relationship Feelings are indicators about what interests and is important to us, and the expression of feelings is essential for establishing connection and creating intimacy in romantic partnerships. We have to be able to communicate clearly about how we feel in our relationship, such as expressing what we like or dislike about it. However, the clear expression of feelings is often practiced un-artfully. One of the most common errors I … Read More

Speaking Your Truth: Six Effective Communication Skills For Couples

The most essential condition of speaking your truth, whether it be addressing a grievance and requesting some kind of change, presenting a different opinion, or asking for what you want, is having the courage to clearly state what it is you want to express. This is usually only possible when your sense of wellbeing and wholeness is inherently felt and not dependent on the approval, agreement, or even the love of your partner. Without this inner sense of sufficiency, you … Read More

Beyond Forgiveness

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In the course of your life there will be incidents where certain people will act in ways that are hurtful or injurious to you. Whether a single incident or repeated offenses, these upsetting actions can be experienced as so offensive that a powerful grievance builds up. Accompanying feelings of resentment or the desire for retaliation might dominate your consciousness and devitalize your spirit. Often it is only the act of forgiveness that can revitalize you. Forgiveness can unblock the channels … Read More

How To Effectively Receive Difficult Feedback From Your Partner

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It is very important to learn how to communicate your feedback, feelings or needs to your partner in an effective way that maximizes you being heard (coming soon in a future post). This post, however, focuses on the art of listening and receiving feedback. The following suggestions can help you manage feedback to deepen connection, engage in self-growth and cultivate authentic communication with your partner.   We all want to foster a loving relationship with our intimate partner in which … Read More

The Art of Developing Self-Acceptance

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Alan Watts, a famous philosopher and spiritual writer, defined self-acceptance as the acceptance of yourself, just as you are right now, before you do anything to make your self more acceptable.This acceptance requires a nonjudgemental attitude toward any trait, quality, characteristic, failing or fault that is deemed negative, troublesome or objectionable. This includes this accepting attitude that accepts even to your inability to do this. Acceptance doesn’t mean that you were in denial of them or that you can’t dislike them … Read More