Relationships

Have you ever found yourself avoiding a topic or person in order to avoid discussing something uncomfortable? Difficult conversations are rarely something we look forward to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a romantic partner, a family member or a co-worker, tackling a tough topic is challenging. 
Don’t let the weather fool you – spring is finally here! What comes to mind at the start of this new season? Sunshine, flowers, the outdoors…CLEANING! Spring cleaning, in the traditional sense, refers to the yearly practice of thoroughly cleaning a home. Ridding the home of all the excess, the filth, the impurities can feel extremely satisfying and the physical act of cleaning can be therapeutic, as well. While this deep cleanse can require hard work and sufficient time, the final product is typically well worth it.
Valentine’s Day: the celebration of love and affection. Flowers, chocolate, a romantic dinner and a special gift for an intimate partner, love interest or crush is how society portrays the ideal expression of such. And well, let’s be honest…we all, in one way or another, have submitted to that expectation. Whether it be by making sure we give those things to another individual or feel badly because we did not receive them, we have allowed commercialization to dictate how "loved" we feel around this holiday.
As we approach the new year, we often reflect on the past twelve months and what was accomplished. We may be proud of ourselves for the changes we have made and the success we have achieved. We may also feel disappointed that certain goals were not met. The New Year is a blank slate, and there is always pressure to map out what it may look like and what we want, or don’t want, it to look like. Have resolutions worked for you in the past? Great! If they haven’t, or cause you stress, here’s a way to start a new chapter in a positive way.

Parenthood is not an easy job.  It is one of the most important jobs, we all know.  Frequently, at Hartstein Psychological Services, we discuss the...

Therapeutic relationships have many similarities to other relationships that individuals have in their lives. They work best if they are built on a foundation of...

According to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics, 10% of high school seniors engage in “extreme binge drinking” which is defined as consuming 10 or...

Authored by: Emily Roberts It’s not always easy to talk to others, especially when emotions are running high.  Many people try to avoid the conversation altogether,...

We can all agree that breaking up stinks.  It's hard at any age.  But despite learning over the course of our lives how to build...