1. Why You Should Be Ready to Confess Your Affair When Asked

    Should you tell your partner about the affair you've had? If you ask a philosophy professor they will likely give you an ethical decision making theory like in this article from Psychology Today. But philosophers work in theory, they don't work with people in crisis. On the other hand, if you ask 100 couples therapists, "Should your client tell their partner about an infidelity or affair?" you mi…Read More

  2. How Effective “Time Outs” Could Save Your Marriage (or Job or Friendships)!

    My husband and I have a pretty good marriage, but when it comes to certain topics we seem to go from 0-60 in nothing flat, every time. Before we can get to the heart of the matter he's saying, "I can't talk with you about this right now." Or "You're just being irrational." Or even, "I'm tired (or I've had a long day at work), can we talk about this later?" But later never comes and I feel like I'm…Read More

  3. When Your Spouse Says They’re Not In Love with You Anymore

    Q: Around Thanksgiving my wife told me she is not in love with me anymore and that she wanted a divorce.  I told her we needed to get through the holidays and I asked her to try to put it out of her mind until the New Year.  I hoped we could make the holidays special and she would forget about it. It didn't happen. In the last couple months I've tried hard to "woo" her back. I've sent her texts …Read More

  4. 6 Tips For When Your Spouse Won’t Go To Therapy With You

    As I look at the start of 2017, I want to see my marriage improve, but my husband doesn't seem to be willing to do much on his end.  He won't go to therapy and he says he's tired of "talking about it all the time."  What can I do on my own that might make things better?  Everything I seem to try gets resentful pushback.  What am I doing wrong? Of course it's impossible to say what if anything …Read More

  5. 6 Habits of Healthy Relationships

    At Kentlands Psychotherapy, we offer couples therapy in Gaithersburg, MD, so we are familiar with the habits of people in both healthy and unhealthy relationships. When you are having problems in your relationship, you and your partner may find that having a neutral third party with experience in helping couples improve their relationships may help. In the meantime, here are some healthy habits of…Read More

  6. Are You In A Codependent Relationship?

    The term “codependent” is usually used in connection with partners of substance abusers, but it can apply to other people as well. Someone is codependent when they cannot function as an individual, and organize their identity around another person; their self-worth is defined by the approval of their partner. Sometimes, people who are codependent have difficulty recognizing this quality in the…Read More

  7. The Benefits of Couples Therapy

    For people who have never participated in couples therapy, it is typical to feel anxious and uncertain before their first session. At Kentlands Psychotherapy, we have helped many couples in Gaithersburg, MD work through their issues and revitalize their relationships. We understand that you may be hesitant to try couples therapy because it involves talking about emotions that may make you uncomfor…Read More

  8. Principles of Effective Couples Counseling

    When the relationship between you and your partner is in distress, it can be hard to know where to turn. You may have heard that there is no point to going to couples therapy because it “never works.” It is true that couples who go to therapy together often break up, but this is due to the fact that many couples wait until their marriage is already essentially over to try therapy. When couples…Read More

  9. Improving Couple’s Communication

    Communication is one avenue of a relationship that may need to be improved upon. Bad communication skills can lead to arguments, unhappiness, and more. Many people who are dissatisfied with their relationships often cite communication as one of the main sources of dissonance. Long set, poor communication patterns can be difficult to overcome without the help of a professional. Couples therapy in G…Read More

  10. Signs That Couples Therapy Is For You

    Stress, anxiety, and relationship issues can take a toll on us all. These issues can become cyclical and put a strain on interpersonal and intimate relationships. They can also cause changes to our emotional, physical, and spiritual health. It is not surprising that many people who are dealing with excess stress, anxiety, and relationship issues reach out for help by means of couples therapy in Ga…Read More