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Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 2

DR. DAVE THORNSEN, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist.   We know that disagreements between partners in a couple are common. Whether they are big issues or little issues the potential for disagreement is a common part of any couple trying to work together or get along. When… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 2

Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship

DAVE THORNSEN, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist   Most couples coming into therapy identify “communication” as the main issue that caused them to call. We’re so used to the word that we forget what a complicated and fragile thing communication is. Because so many factors create communication,… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship

Laughing Matters

Because we’ve gotta struggle…we’ve gotta laugh. The pain involved in overcoming obstacles and the joy that comes with reaching our goals go hand in hand. Through our work at the Fountain Hill Center—Lakeshore Office, more of our friends and neighbors in Oceana County have the… continue reading Laughing Matters

A Happy Couple’s Arithmetic: O+I=R

O+I=R  This simple equation explains what we need to experience a thriving, dynamic relationship.     O stands for OBSERVATION. Observation is a crucial aspect of any partner’s effectiveness in a relationship. Observation is how we know what’s going on. Without observation we would have… continue reading A Happy Couple’s Arithmetic: O+I=R

What to Expect in Your First Session

A question I hear a lot is, “I’ve never done this, what should I expect at my first appointment?” Well, I can only give you an idea what to expect as each person’s circumstance is different and your therapist may have their own process. Usually… continue reading What to Expect in Your First Session

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Take Your Relationship to the Next Level

People often seem shocked when I tell them that all couples can benefit from counseling. I think that response comes from the idea that marriage counseling is only for helping couples get through a crisis. It’s not. The research has shown us that couples tend… continue reading Take Your Relationship to the Next Level

Manning up to Sexual Assault on Campuses

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime. That’s alarming. If you’ve been listening to the discussions happening across college campuses – where 1 in 4 women will suffer a date rape or an… continue reading Manning up to Sexual Assault on Campuses

Big T vs. Little t Trauma, The Second Article in Our Series on Trauma Today

More Than the Mind and Body Can Bear. Trauma is just that—more than mind and body can bear without causing disruption of our lives.  We have finally come to recognize the trauma of our returning veterans, survivors of natural disasters, crashes, domestic violence, deaths of loved… continue reading Big T vs. Little t Trauma, The Second Article in Our Series on Trauma Today

Chasing Dragons With Plastic Swords

Boys—we marvel at the playful energy they bring into our lives. They chase each other around the yard with plastic swords and sometimes unite to team up against the neighborhood dragon. It’s a ubiquitous image, harmless and fun to watch from the back porch. Yet,… continue reading Chasing Dragons With Plastic Swords