Category: Keeping Your Relationship Strong

Finding Intimacy

By Karen Gless, Ph.D. As a therapist, I can see that the nature of a couple’s union has changed over the last 20 years. Fewer couples feel the need to officially marry and women are in a more active and

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Princess Diana: The Death of True Love, The Birth of a New Love

By Karen Gless, Ph.D. Now that it is twenty years since the death of Princess Diana, I have been thinking about the meaning of those events. I cried as I watched the funeral. I had a deep inner sense that

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Discover Winning Relationship Skills From Couples Counseling

By Karen J. Gless, Ph.D., MFT, RN   My patient Kathy sat on one side of me in tears, crying. On the other side sat her husband, Peter, with their newborn baby and he clearly wasn’t sure what to do. They

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Work it Out – with a Lot Less Pain

  By Karen Gless, Ph.D. When I first heard about the idea of routine and core issues, it didn’t seem that important. But when I used it in my relationship and in my practice, I got excited. It made tons

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The Best Present – on Valentine’s Day

By Karen Gless, Ph.D.   As Valentine day approaches, men especially are troubled by the question, “What shall I get my sweetheart?” I am reminded of an acquaintance of mine who bought his sweetheart an expensive diamond pendant on a

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In Only One Session

Every couple has their own unique issues when they come into see me. But how couples treat each other is not unique. This is where I can help couples become relationship experts so they can discover how to have a

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Staying Sane during the Season

By Karen Gless, Ph.D. Sometimes there are just too many things on your plate and you’re not one of them. It is so hard to stop and take care of ourselves sometimes. It is too easy to get caught up

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Peace and Goodwill–at Home: How to Handle Three Trouble Spots

By Karen Gless, Ph.D., LMFT, RN The holidays are upon us, but what should be a happy time can often be very stress filled and emotionally draining for couples. A big source of upset is that we tend to have

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Leave her Begging for More – What Women Really Want.

  How to Really Leave her Begging for More: The Science of Pleasure By Karen Gless, Ph.D., MFT, RN There is a belief among men that a session of wild sex that is incredibly exciting will leave a woman begging

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What Does Your Love Life Say About Your Relationship?

By Karen Gless, Ph.D., MFT, RN Sometimes the first indication that something is wrong in your relationship is that one or both of you no longer want sex and your love life is suffering. It is typically the woman, but

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