Why Do We Love “Bad Boys” and Toxic Partners?

People often wonder, “Why do we get into hurtful relationships?” and “Why do we stay?”

There is an answer, and it starts with our biochemical responses. The neurological impact of dopamine, oxytocin, cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine and serotonin is as powerful as a drug. We can biologically become addicted to emotional […]

7 Questions to Consider When You’re Stuck in a Relationship That Hurts

Being in a relationship with a narcissist is one of the most hurtful types of partnerships. If you missed last week’s article, check it out. Are You in a Relationship with a Narcissist?

This week, I want to share my just-published Topic Expert article for GoodTherapy.org:

7 Questions to Consider When […]

Are You in a Relationship with a Narcissist?

Amanda came to therapy to save her marriage. These are excerpts from the session:

A month after I found out about my husband’s affair, HE decided we shouldn’t talk about it anymore. He said, “It’s done; it’s over, I stopped seeing the woman. It’s been a month. We just need […]

What Makes Same-Sex Marriages Succeed or Fail?

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion that began on June 28, 1969. On that night, police in Greenwich Village (NYC) raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar. Instead of acquiescing, patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. For […]