Relationship Dilemma Remedies

A Blog About Solving Common Relationship Dilemmas

Connect Through Rituals Over The Holidays

Holidays provide times for connection with multiple generations.

Grandparents have the opportunity to share some of the family history with their grandchildren.

This is a wonderful time to get out family holiday photos, play games that parents and grandparents played as children, for grandparents to share stories of their Christmases “long ago” and to make traditional holiday treats.

Some families have food that they only prepare at holiday times …  egg nog, a special cookie or coffee cake, or an ethnic dish from the oldest generation’s heritage.

Use this time to enrich family connection, even if you do not see as much of each other through the year as you would like.

Consider finding ways to include family members that live away and will not be home for the holidays.  Send old photos in ornaments, wrap up an old childhood memento, journal in a grandparent’s book.  Creatively think about ways to stay connected with each other.

The Richardsons pass the same holiday cards back and forth to each other every year, adding a short note about their lives.  It has become a record of family events for 23 years now.

Elaine and her sister have one silver holiday ball that they pass back and forth every year.  This ball is the kind in which you put some small gift.  Each tries to find something different and unique … and it is a nice tradition to show that they care about each other.

George and Jill send their grandchildren photos taken over the year of them all together.  Their mother helps them to keep them in a book so that they have a record of history with their grandparents.

Have you found ideas to stay connected with your family that you can share with us here?

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Couples Counseling of Louisville

December 16, 2009 Posted by | family holidays, holidays, rituals | | Leave a comment

Online Marriage Counseling, How Does It Work?

There are several ways that we work with couples online.  We  provide relationship help through email, chat or by phone (with or without a video camera).

With email marriage counseling, a therapist will want to work with both people at the same time, while possibly asking for one or two private individual emails.

Partners each take turns emailing one of us. We will then respond openly in an email to both partners addressing the concerns. Once we have a handle on your particular problem and what you would like to achieve, then the we can begin to offer ideas to help you move out of a “stuck spot” and back to a healthier place.

Email exchanges continue in this manner until you feel that you are at a better spot or have resolved the problem that you began with.

The benefits of email therapy are that it can be as short or enduring as you would like. As we address issues, you may decide you want to “go deeper” and we can easily do that by continuing with email or even adding chat sessions to the mix.

The point is, you are in the driver’s seat. If one email gives you the information you need to resolve the presenting problem, that is great! If you think that you want several emails, you may choose to purchase a package.

Chat therapy
involves email but with the added advantage of instant replies and ongoing conversation.   If you are interested in this form if therapy, we will invite you to log on to a secure chat room where we can exchange emails about your questions and concerns.

Through phone counseling, with or without a video camera, we have the opportunity to talk in real time about your concerns.  With a phone session, you can be in the privacy and comfort of your own home or private space and consult with a professional therapist who can help you determine a direction to take to begin solving your problems.  Together, we will arrange for a protected and encrypted phone line.

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Couples Counseling of Louisville

November 30, 2009 Posted by | marriage counseling, Online Counseling | | Leave a comment