Relationship Blogs

I Received the Best Valentine's Day Gift, Ever!

Best Valentine’s Day Gift, Ever! Vagdevi Meunier   I am glad Valentine’s Day is over.  Every year I anticipate this Hallmark holiday with a mixture of delight, anticipation, and dread.  I just don’t understand the need for the explosion of pink and red ALL OVER a grocery store, the local Walmart, all of the novelty stores, and even the 7-11 store at the corner of my street.  I can barely find one chocolate…

Pinpointing Romantic Love

Pinpointing Romantic Love People have been trying to examine and define "love" since the beginning of existence. We have heard that love is a feeling. People even enter into a lifelong commitment because of that feeling. But since feelings come and go, recognizing love only as a feeling can leave us questioning our relationship. We’ve also heard that love is a choice we make every day. Leaning on our…

7 Tips for Building Emotional Intimacy with a Woman

7 tips for building emotional intimacy with a woman By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.   I get asked this question quite often, usually by men, but sometimes by women as well: “How can I be more successful in relating to my partner?”  What is hidden behind that question is often a deeper question, which goes something like this: “How can I be attuned to my partner?  How can I be a safety net, or an emotional…

Make Time For Caring

Make Time for Caring Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.   My husband was scheduled for spinal surgery. His surgeon made it sound like a quick outpatient procedure and my husband bought into it, mostly because he wanted to believe this surgery will not disrupt his normal routine.  But this was SPINAL surgery so the reality was far from the spin.  We live such busy stressful lives that no one wants to accept that…

Do We Need Relationships To Thrive?

Do We Need Relationships to Thrive?  Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.   We are raised to believe that being self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-motivated is not only a good thing, it is often seen as the only sign of maturity.  A young man or woman reaches the age of 21 and people begin asking when he or she is going to move out, when they are going to begin earning their own keep, or when they have become…

7 Sexts to Get You In The Mood

7 Sexts to Get You in the Mood  You don’t have to wait until the day is through to initiate a good love fest. Studies show that foreplay in a relationship happens well before you make it to the bedroom (Gottman, Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, 2000). And although working on things like friendship, admiration and communication are all great ways to increase intimacy, seduction is just as…

Seven Ways to Beat the Seven-Year Itch

Seven Ways to Beat the Seven-Year Itch  The dreaded seven year itch. Heard of it? If you haven’t, it’s every couple’s nightmare. If you’re in a relationship that’s survived it, then you know just how agonizing it can be. The seven-year itch describes a major relationship hurdle that typically occurs after a couple has crossed the seven-year mark of their relationship.  According to statistics, the…

What's the Secret to Forever? Weather the Storm Together.

    I’m a relationship therapist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and work with couples that struggle with everything from everyday communication breakdown to the ultimate betrayal. I often ask my clients what they believe the secret to relationship satisfaction is. Some have said “Don’t go to bed angry.” Others believe it’s regular date nights away from the kids and work. One couple even said passion,…

It's the Bond...not the Bulb

It’s the Bond … not the Bulb  When you enter a dark room, flip the switch and the lamp doesn’t come on, What’s your first thought?  If you’re like most of us, your automatic thought is, “it’s time to change the light bulb”.   The next step is to trudge down the basement steps hoping you can locate a replacement bulb of an acceptable wattage, thereby avoiding an unplanned trip to the hardware store.  This…

Do We Know What Makes a Couple Strong? -Dr. Sue Johns

Do We Know What Makes a Couple Strong? - Dr. Sue Johnson, Emotionally Focused Therapy             At the dawn of civilization the great king of the Sumarian empire had his love song to his new bride carved in stone. It is now touted as the first recorded love letter. The song is basically all about how beautiful she is. But that is it. There is no nugget of wisdom about how he intends to make a strong…

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