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7 Habits of Successful Single Parents

7 Habits of Successful Single Parents

By Terry Gaspard, LICSW The key to successful single parenting is to reflect daily upon the importance of preparing for your new life and accepting that change is necessary. It’s important to adopt a positive mindset and to set a good example for your children by...

How Do I Repair My Wound With My Father?

How Do I Repair My Wound With My Father?

By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW Dear Terry, My parents divorced when I was nine years old. When I was young, I was Daddy’s Little Girl, and never far from his side. I have fond memories of my dad taking me to the park, helping me with homework, and coming to my soccer...

Does Falling Out of Love Mean The End Of Your Marriage?

Does Falling Out of Love Mean The End Of Your Marriage?

By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW The most common complaint of couples today is that they have fallen out of love. However, falling out of love usually did not occur overnight. Likewise, relationship repair takes time and effort on the part of both partners and includes...

7 Ways Women Can Learn to Trust Their Partner

7 Ways Women Can Learn to Trust Their Partner

By Terry Gaspard, LICSW Recently, there has been a gush of articles in the media about a common problem in romantic relationships: mistrust between partners that erodes positive feelings and love. While it’s not uncommon for people to worry that their partner has the...

The Difference Between Separation And Divorce

The Difference Between Separation And Divorce

Marriage, often viewed as a lifelong commitment, can sometimes take unexpected turns, leading to the untying of the nuptial knot. Two common paths that distressed couples may take are separation and divorce. These concepts, although similar, have distinct differences...

Being Alone After a Breakup

Being Alone After a Breakup

Of all the difficult experiences that result from the breakup of a romantic relationship, being alone can be amongst the hardest. Part of grieving the end of a relationship is accepting that what you wanted to happen no longer will happen. Thoughts as significant as:...

8 Ways to Stop Settling for Less Than You Deserve in a Relationship

8 Ways to Stop Settling for Less Than You Deserve in a Relationship

By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW Are you in an intimate relationship or marriage that’s just not right but you’re not willing to risk ending it? Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that things will change, or you’ve done something wrong to deserve less than wonderful...

The Forever Dad: Shattering the Myth of the Self-Centered Dad

The Forever Dad: Shattering the Myth of the Self-Centered Dad

By Terry Gaspard, LICSW What kids need is a loving, predictable father figure – whether married to their mother or divorced. I don’t think anyone can argue that point. However, I believe that divorced dads are often portrayed in the media in a negative light. The...

Five Ways to Encourage Emotional Intimacy in Your Marriage

Five Ways to Encourage Emotional Intimacy in Your Marriage

When married couples think of intimacy, their first thought is often sexual intimacy.  Being physically intimate is one of the great benefits of marriage, but there is another vital type of intimacy that couples need to pay attention to: emotional intimacy.  Emotional...

After Betrayal

After Betrayal

By Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT It's must be cellular that men and women automatically feel humiliated when their partner cheats, even though they themselves have done nothing to be ashamed of. Too often, people feel embarrassed for their partners' behavior, whether it's...

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