Love & Relationships. With Jeremy Brown

Love & relationships take a lot of turns. Recently, the journalist Jeremy Brown and I spoke by phone for his article, How to Prevent Minor Arguments From Turning Into Major Fights. Regardless of his topics, Jeremy seems to be able to distill useful tips from a variety of...
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Couples Fight, So Do It Better

If you haven’t noticed, couples fight. So, here’s a quick start on how to fight better. BIDS FOR POSITIVE EMOTION & DIVORCE It’s not about whether or not couples fight.  Healthy couples fight, as much as unhealthy couples fight.  The secret but big...
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Contributing to Fatherly.Com, Things Happily Married Couples Do

Last month, book author Jeremy Brown and I chatted about an article he was writing, Eight Things Happily Married Couples Do For One Another Without Being Asked After interviewing a variety of experts, Brown concludes: It’s not the grand gestures but the little things that...
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How Serious Is Your Mind Body Connection

How serious is your mind-body connection? Step back for a moment, and it’s no surprise how much our thoughts impact our physical health. For instance, if you think your partner is cheating on you, you’re going to be stressed out, to say the least. . But, what if...
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Are You Accidentally Turning Your Partner Away?

Are You Accidentally Turning Your Partner Away? Most of us are.  We unknowingly depreciate them, when it’d be so much nicer to appreciate them. And this wouldn’t matter so much if appreciating each other weren’t the core foundation to a long happy marriage. But,...
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Shot Down & Shut Down. Why We Feel Disconnected in Relationships.

We easily sense when we feel disconnected in our relationships. But it’s less obvious to decipher why. For that matter, when we say “disconnected,” we usually mean we crave belongingness and security. We want to feel lovable and capable. Significant to someone....
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Auld Lang Syne. A Single Poem Atop My Desk.

A single poem sits atop my desk.  Since long before becoming a licensed psychotherapist or a postgraduate-trained couples counselor, I’ve had it there. And while I read it often, in this pressure filled world, it’s still hard to live by. So for all the days past and...
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Words Get in The Way. When Not to Speak.

So often, words get in the way.  In an attempt for connection, we unknowingly push it away. We can’t help but pepper another with platitudes and not-so-subtle questions.  And, whether we’re aware of it or not, we are not talking for the sake of the other.  We are...
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Depression & Anger: Knowing What You Really Want In Life

What do you really want in life? Many of us stopped imagining or trying long ago. Instead, depression set in. Or has it been anger? After all, depression is sometimes the result of repressed anger, and anger is a major clue to one’s needs and wants. I know, why didn’t...
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Bipartisan Marriage: Klee In Brides Magazine

When it comes to bipartisan marriage, journalist Kase Wickman rang my phone for her clever piece in BRIDES Magazine:  In the Age of Trump, Is the Bipartisan Marriage Dead?  Put another way, if you can’t tolerate each other’s politics, how are you going to handle...
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