Article Category: Families

Parental Alienation: A Conversation

Fountain Hill Center therapists Randy Flood and Ben Burgess recently sat down with Grand Rapids-based family law attorneys Connie Thacker and Allison Sleight to discuss parental alienation. Parental alienation is a phenomenon that can develop in cases of high-conflict divorce where one parent, either consciously… continue reading Parental Alienation: A Conversation

Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

It’s back-to-school time, and if you’re a parent of a K-12 child, the paperwork and homework has begun! I had no idea how tedious paperwork could be until I had a school-aged child. And that’s saying a lot, since I’m in the mental health field,… continue reading Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

Servicios de consejería en español ya están disponibles

El centro Fountain Hill le da la bienvenida a nuestra nueva consejera Lisbet Brito, MA, LPC. Lisbet estará viendo clientes en nuestra oficina de Grand Rapids los lunes por la tarde, de 4 a 8 PM, y gradualmente estará haciendo más horas disponibles para los… continue reading Servicios de consejería en español ya están disponibles

Fountain Hill Works to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month For the last 35 years, April has been a time for communities all across the country to work on increasing awareness of child abuse and neglect and to provide prevention resources and strategies. Over the last month, organizations… continue reading Fountain Hill Works to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Outsourcing Emotional Labor

No, outsourcing emotional labor is not some geo-political strategy by corporations to improve profits. This is a reality that women have been aware of for a long time. Simply put, outsourcing emotional labor is a description of how men often leave the emotional work in… continue reading Outsourcing Emotional Labor

Dr. Dave Thornsen at TEDx Muskegon: Avoid Avoiding Conflict

You can live-stream Dr. Dave’s TEDx Muskegon talk, “Avoid Avoiding Conflict,” on solving common relationship communication problems. The talk is part of TEDx Muskegon’s “Mirror, Mirror Series” and will stream live this Thursday, November 12th, 2015, at 2:40 PM. http://tedxmuskegon.org/livestream/ Learn more about communication, conflict… continue reading Dr. Dave Thornsen at TEDx Muskegon: Avoid Avoiding Conflict

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

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 spouses losing custody of their children when their batterer defended with claims that the battered spouse tried to alienate them from their children. As a result, domestic violence advocates and some… continue reading Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?