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When Is It Okay to Lie?

“A truth that\’s told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.” – William Blake In recent articles I\’ve talked about the importance of honest communication in good relationships. It\’s essential that our partners understand us, know how we feel, how we might react to certain situations. We share our most intimate thoughts with our partners because we…

Happy Couples Communicate

You\’d think it would go without saying that happy couples like each other. You have to like someone before you can love them. And happy couples love each other. They share a good laugh frequently and often. They pay attention to one another. They communicate. It doesn\’t always have to be verbal. Last week I mentioned a couple who, while…

How Much Do You Owe Your Abusive Parents?

Abraham Lincoln did not attend his father\’s funeral. When Abe was nine years old, his father, Thomas, left him and his sister for six months in their backwoods cabin in the charge of their 20-year-old cousin, Dennis Hanks. During that time, they often went hungry and barely scraped by. Later, when Abe became interested in learning, Thomas ridiculed his studies.…

Five Keys to a Happy Marriage

These tips are designed to make life and marriage a little easier, but by no means will they solve all of your issues in one swing. If you need to talk to someone, please consult an Orange County professional today. Many people that get married first marry for passion and the “in-love” feeling they get, and eventually many of those…

Four Tips for Coming Out to Parents

by Nancy Travers,LCSW If you are gay or a lesbian, you know that one day you must tell your parents about your lifestyle. You may also wonder if they already know or if they will be completely taken by surprise. You may wonder if they will embrace you as the son or daughter they’ve always had or if they may…

How Not to be a Perfectionist

In order to not be a perfectionist, we must first define what being a perfectionist is and explain why this is an unattainable goal. A perfectionist is someone who thinks that no matter what they do, it is never good enough. Striving to be perfect can be an enormous source of anxiety. Perfectionists often think they need to be perfect…

Conflicts with Your Significant Other: How to Fight Fair

by Nancy Travers,LCSW Even the healthiest relationships will experience rough patches. No two people will always agree, and eventually these disagreements will need to be handled. Conflicts and arguments are not the signs of a bad marriage or partnership. However, how you and your partner handle an argument can be the key to a lasting, loving relationship. Unfortunately arguments are…

Marriage and the Modern Woman

Marriage is the topic du jour right now. It seems every time we open up a newspaper or magazine or log onto an online news site the headlines are promoting marriage, telling you how to get married or giving you tips on how to stay married. And it is not just in the news. Type in “marriage” to the Amazon search engine…

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