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In the Time of Coronavirus: Corona and the Marriage
written by Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
on Saturday, 4th April, 2020

  Stress, especially big and scary stress, impacts us like a threat to the nervous system. With the importance of social distancing, you and your partner are likely to be feeling those stressors in close quarters. (And you probably won’t be alone! Kids! Pets!) Here are the three ways people tend to respond when faced with a stressor: *            Fight*: do you ...

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Corona and the Divorced Family
written by Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
on Saturday, 4th April, 2020

  Social distancing in a divorced family can be complicated. When kids are required to travel back and forth between parents’ houses, additional infection risks can increase. The disruption of regular schedules with school closures and changes in parent work locations requires additional communication between co-parents. Here are a few tips for communication with your ...

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Challenging Family Scripts and Setting Healthy Boundaries During the Holidays
written by Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
on Sunday, 24th November, 2019

As a marriage and family therapist, I was asked to speak at a recent Lady Docs gathering about family interactions that play a prominent role during this holiday season.  Feel free to journal as the group did last week as we explore family relationships. As therapists, we treat people as part of a family system and we focus on personal transformation as the agent of change ...

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The Marriage Counseling Workbook: 8 Steps to a Strong and Lasting Relationship
written by Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
on Tuesday, 16th April, 2019

Although my book was published almost exactly one year ago, I’ve been surprisingly reluctant to publicize it since. The overlap of writing the book with my postpartum months after the birth of my second child amazes me. Ethan was born in June, I finished writing in December, and the book was in print by the following March. I used to tell people, “Well, I’m already up ...

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Talking to Your Spouse About Couples Therapy
written by Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
on Sunday, 19th March, 2017

Lots of people – mostly women – give my Bethesda psychotherapy practice a call to begin couples therapy. Most of the time, both spouses are committed to seeking help and we’re able to get started right away. Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is desperately wanting couples therapy but needs guidance about how to ask their spouse to join. It’s a tricky situation ...

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