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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

Why Do Some Couples Benefit from Couples Counseling While Others Do Not?

Some couples come in for counseling and within a few sessions they start to feel progress, while other couples do not. These couples seem stuck, they go through the motion of attending sessions yet are not experiencing the change they long for. What is the difference? Is it the counselor? Is it their partner? The

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Personal Growth
Lauren Corsillo, MA, LPC

How Mindfulness Practices Can Positively Impact Your Day to Day

What is Mindfulness Meditation?   Mindfulness can be defined as: paying attention, on purpose, with intention, in the present moment, with loving-kindness and without judgement. Taking a mindful minute, to re-engage with the present moment, and notice your thoughts as they go by, like clouds in the sky, anchoring your attention to the inhale and exhale,

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Personal Growth
Lana Banegas, LMFT

Holidays & Relationship Growth: Eliminating Defensivess

Couples often struggle with conflict resolution in their relationship. This comes up a lot around the holiday season due to increased family pressures, relative visits and time together. It is natural and even important to have conflict, after all, we know that intimacy is developed in conflict (which is, by the way, simply defined as,

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Relationships
Nelson Banegas, MDiv, CPC

The Importance of Premarital Counseling

Going on vacation is an exciting adventure! It is a time of relaxation and new experiences, togetherness and connection. However, going on vacation requires some planning; choosing the place you are going, deciding how you are going to get there, how long you are going to stay for, how much you are going to spend,

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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

Why the Coronavirus is Making You Sick…of Your Marriage and How to PROTECT your Most Valued Relationship.

The New York Post, Fox News, the Washington Post and other news sources are reporting surges in divorce inquiries in the United States since the outbreak of the coronavirus and the mandate to shelter in place. Divorce rates in China and in Turkey have spiked since the coronavirus induced lockdown and the post trauma of

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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

A Brief Explanation of Online Therapy

We hope you are staying healthy and connected during this uneasy time.  Given the shelter-in-place statewide order issued by Governor Kemp, we are now offering online therapeutic services via video to both couples and individuals. In this post, we want to provide some basic information on this in order to help you understand the efficacy

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Personal Growth
Lana Banegas, LMFT

Practices for Personal Growth in the New Year

As the new year and new decade begins you may find yourself involved in goal setting, visioning or simply setting New Years resolutions. You may be doing this because you are longing for growth, change and a fresh start in order to improve your quality of life. However, simply setting a New Year’s resolution does

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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

What is Sex Therapy?

Couples who struggle in their sexual relationship often feel unsure of where to begin. Partners often feel very uncomfortable discussing their sexual relationship with one another, and even more so with someone else. One partner may feel like they are to blame for trouble in the couples’ sex life and may feel embarrassed or even

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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

The Ditch: A metaphor for a balance of connection and autonomy in marriage

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am often asked what the sweet spot is between connection and autonomy in marriage.  Be too autonomous and you can alienate your spouse. Your communication suffers, your teamwork, your sense of belonging. Your emotional connection with your spouse begins to breakdown. What’s the point of being with someone

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Relationships
Lana Banegas, LMFT

Your Sex Life is Like A Burger…

Someone recently asked me, can your sex life be great if your overall relationship with your partner, is so not so great? I wanted to say NO WAY!!! right away….but then I remembered a slew of movies, TV shows and trashy romance novels. Isn’t it a well-known fact that one night stands and chance encounters

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