Author Archives: AHafkin

Relaxing into Infertility

Probably every infertile couple has heard it: “Relax! Stress causes infertility.” These words can be very painful to couples who have struggled with infertility for a long time. Still, the advice is good for a different reason—struggling with infertility can … Continue reading

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Does a Marriage Counselor Ever Recommend Divorce?

As a couples therapist, my goal is to help couples who experience difficulty in their relationships take personal responsibility for who they are and how each contributes to the relationship. This also means they must be personally responsible for the … Continue reading

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My In-Laws Are Ruining My Marriage!

It is often said that when you marry, you marry your spouse’s family and this feels very unnerving when you have a problematic relationship with your in-laws. It is important that your in-laws know that you, as a married couple, … Continue reading

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How to Talk to Your Spouse about Feeling Insecure in Your Marriage

If you are feeling insecure in your marriage, it is possible that the source of insecurity may not be in the marriage itself, but within you. The good aspect of understanding this is that you now have a starting place … Continue reading

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Identifying and Addressing Negative Thinking Patterns

We all have negative thoughts at times, and sometimes those thoughts are appropriate. But certain habitual thought patterns can increase the likelihood of anxiety and depression. It is hard to identify them because they seem so true and so real … Continue reading

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Stress in Relationships and How to Cope

There are a number of factors in modern life that can strain relationships. It is important to address these stressors as quickly as possible and find ways to overcome them. Some of the top stressors include: Death of a loved … Continue reading

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Can you Take a Narcissist to Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy?

A person who demonstrates narcissistic personality traits can be difficult to help through marriage counseling or couples therapy, though it is not impossible. But entering marriage counseling is only the beginning of healing for those dealing with a narcissist. What … Continue reading

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Signs of Mild, Moderate, and Severe Depression

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, but how do you know when the occasional “blues” is really depression? The distinction isn’t clear, which is why depression is often missed in its mildest form. But catching it early … Continue reading

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The Effect of Infertility Treatment on Your Mood and What You Can Do

If you’re struggling with infertility, you know the emotional roller coaster it takes you on. But fertility treatments may exacerbate mood swings and emotional stress, so be prepared to combat these symptoms in a healthy way.  How infertility treatments affect … Continue reading

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Why Exercise Boosts Mood

Studies have shown that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants at alleviating some forms of depression and anxiety, and has long-lasting effects without any adverse side effects. While you should always check with your doctor before starting any exercise … Continue reading

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