Article Category: Families

Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

The Fountain Hill Center is pleased to welcome new counselors into our staff of therapists. This year, Blake Kooi, Ted Wohlford, Ben Burgess, and Lesley Menhart join us to continue The Fountain Hill Center tradition of providing a boutique of excellent counseling, therapeutic, and psychological… continue reading Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

Avoid Avoiding Conflict, Dave at TEDx Muskegon

You can live stream Dr. Dave’s TEDx Muskegon talk on solving common relationship communication problems. The talk is part of a TEDx Muskegon’s “Mirror, Mirror Series,” and will stream live, this Thursday, November 12th, 2:40pm. http://tedxmuskegon.org/livestream/ Learn more about communication, conflict avoidance and how couple’s… continue reading Avoid Avoiding Conflict, Dave at TEDx Muskegon

Surviving the Affair — Ashley Madison, What to Do Now

I heard on the radio that there were more people in Grand Rapids who signed up for an account on the Ashley Madison website than voted in our last Mayoral election. That thought stuck with me. As a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in couples work… continue reading Surviving the Affair — Ashley Madison, What to Do Now

Pull-ups Are Safe…Underwear Is Scary

I was recently in the think tank at my house. Some people in my family call this the shower but I prefer  think tank because it is the only place in my house between my two year old’s toddler superhero  orchestras, my four year old’s… continue reading Pull-ups Are Safe…Underwear Is Scary

Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 3

Dave Thorsen, PsyD. The truth about conflict avoidance is that it is not honest. In order to avoid conflict a person must essentially lie. They say “Yes” when they really mean “No.” They say “No” when they really mean “Yes.” They leave something out of what… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 3

Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 2

DR. DAVE THORNSEN, PsyD.   We all know that disagreements between partners 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 a potential disagreement arises… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship, Part 2

Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship

DAVE THORNSEN, PsyD.  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, there are just… continue reading Don’t Let Conflict Harm Your Relationship

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

Paradoxical Father’s Day Gift

“I am your father, and you are my teacher.”  These are words that I reflect upon once again around Father’s Day, words that remind me of a gift I have continued to learn about and receive regarding the role of being a dad. Of course,… continue reading Paradoxical Father’s Day Gift

Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

Since the term parental alienation appeared, countless articles have described the phenomenon of battered women loosing custody of their children when their batterer defended with parental alienation.  Domestic violence advocates and some Family Court Councils state it is “junk science” and is a “cancer in… continue reading Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?