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January 31, 2017

"Listening to your child is a way to build trust and make your child feel respected and heard. Take time to disconnect from your phone and your computer and be available to listen. You might feel like you are wasting time if your child decides not to share anything spe...

January 30, 2017

The quality of the communication between two lovers has a tremendous impact on the emotional health of their relationship. So much so that Dr. Gottman was able to predict, with an accuracy rate of above 90%, which couples would stay together and which ones would end th...

January 19, 2017

With this freezing cold in Amsterdam, by the end of the day, all we want is to bike home as fast as we can to warm up in the cozyness of our home! Getting home and being received with a warm welcome is something we should not take for granted and should strive to keep...

January 16, 2017

There are some misconceptions about couple therapy and how it works. Often, these ideas are rooted in images we kept from movies where couple therapy or counselling was depicted. The mentioned misconceptions range from the role of the psychologist, the theoretical fram...

January 12, 2017

Yesterday, I wrote about the way a person initiates a conversation/complaint with their partner impacts how that conversation will end. Today, I would like to talk about the role that the person receiving the message also has on the outcome of conversations. Sometimes,...

January 11, 2017

The way a discussion starts determines how it will end. Dr. Gottman predicted that the way you bring up an issue to your partner can determine if it will be a pleasant conversation or a boxing contest! It is natural that we are not the best communicators when we have t...

January 9, 2017

As you sit across the table and chew a piece of the mashed potatoes, you glance over the person sitting in front of you and you wonder, "where did my best friend go?!" 

Uttering any sort of words would be more painful than sitting in silence... You wish you co...

January 7, 2017

The stories that we tell and repeat to ourselves can have an impact on how we retrieve memories. Recently, while in conversation with other mothers, we got into the topic of motherhood in the first year of our babies. As I talked with them, I started remembering that,...

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