Many individuals choose to not have children. The process of deciding to have a child or not presents the opportunity for individuals to determine whether parenthood is best for them and for hypothetical future children. While it can be a very difficult decision, a person may make the careful choice to remain child-free for one specific reason—or many. One’s mental health can be affected throughout this decision-making process because it can involve conflicting emotions, but it can also be affected after the decision has been made because of the stigma associated with being child-free. These two situations can be difficult to navigate at first, but there are self-help and community resources available.Read More
Marriage & Family
In the United States, as many as 80% of adults get married before they turn forty years old. These relationships are extremely impactful – they can produce love, joy- and for some- hardship, as evidenced by increasing divorce rates. So how can people initiate and sustain meaningful marital relationships? What does a committed, dynamic and engaging marital relationship look like?
Although there may not be a single answer to either of these questions, some research suggests that certain characteristics, such as communication, openness, and maintaining a realistic perspective, may relate to healthy marriages. Applying these characteristics to your relationship can be a significant challenge, but seeking support from a psychologist could greatly help this process. Search our database today!
Resources to consider:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Marriage & Family Self-Help Resources
- The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University – Sexual Satisfaction Over Time
- National Health Marriage Resource Center – What is a Healthy Marriage?
- American Psychological Association – Healthy Divorce
- National Association of School Psychologists – Divorce: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Children
While completing a doctoral program in clinical psychology, I found myself providing psychotherapy to a client who felt trapped by her high standards. She attempted to seek perfection across the many roles in her life — at school or work, in her relationships, with her children, and with her possessions.Read More
What is being addressed here primarily is how a father deals with his maternal side without interfering with the mother’s mothering. Along with feeding, diapering and bathing (among other activities) one hopes that early on in his parenting a father will also learn to obtain gratification through his pride in, and the support and protection of, his wife’s maternal side.Read More
With children in single-parent homes whose parent had died in their first three years, one may particularly observe the combination of three factors: (1) lowered self-esteem, (2) difficulty in mastering aggression and (3) struggles in integrating a helpful conscience.Read More
There are many types of therapy, and therapists use their training to choose the strategies that are most appropriate for a particular problem and for the individual child and family. Child therapists are very accustomed to finding ways to work with children in ways that meet them at their level.Read More
Families generally work hard to protect their children from unnecessary distress, but there are some life events from which we simply can’t shield children or for which they need additional support. Some might need help dealing with school stress, such as test anxiety or bullying, or with family stress, such as a divorce or a move.Read More