Coupleworks Blogs

Imposter Syndrome

This was a short talk I presented at The Wing, an all women’s private members club in London, on 6 November before a panel discussion with high achieving women in the music industry. The topic was Imposter Syndrome.   I am a couples and individual therapist and...

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Couple Conversation and Healthy Communication

A review of ‘Eight Dates - Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love’ (John & Julie Gottman) Falling in love can bring an intoxicating feeling that we are seen as we are, and that we are accepted as we are, and that we are perceived to be special. We...

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Menopause and the Couple

World Menopause Day - remember it? Sadly that’s unlikely as it drifted under the radar for most of us. What should have been a great chance to really flag up a pivotal part of every woman’s lifecycle just melted away. October 18th since you ask Of all the reasons that...

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Choice.

When couples or individuals come to my Practice I sometimes get a sense that they feel life is controlling them and they have no alternative but to continue on in the same, possibly negative and damaging way.  It feels as if there is no way out. Becoming stuck in a...

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Listening with two ears

Epictetus, a Greek philosopher once said ‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak’. In practice of course, for many of us that is easier said than done and we need to train ourselves in the art of listening carefully to what...

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The Autumn of a Long Relationship

In his poem ‘To Autumn’ Keats describes this time of year as the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…’ describing Autumn as having its own richness and ‘music’ that is different from, but as lovely as, ‘the songs of Spring’. At the beginning, a new relationship...

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Is it Gutsy to stay in a marriage after Infidelity?

Hilary Clinton was speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America this week to promote a book she wrote with her daughter Chelsea The Book of Gutsy Women.  When asked “what was the gutsiest thing Hilary had ever done” she replied “politically running for President and...

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Autumnal Change and Uncertainty

Let’s start with the premise that change is usually unsettling. The human brain is generally not programmed to thrive on risk, so habits and learned ways of thinking can be a source of comfort in our daily lives. The wise American philosopher William James stated...

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Memory

It is now six weeks since the moving and emotional D-Day landing anniversary which made people in Europe and the wider world stand still and marvel about the courage…

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Couples and Arguing

Before distinguishing one arguing style to another it’s helpful to normalise “arguing”. Couples argue and it’s healthy to communicate one’s point of view…

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Narcissism and the Couple

Over the past few weeks it has been difficult to ignore the amount of publicity and hype being given to ‘Killing Eve’.  Prior to the launch of the second series…

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Anger and the Couple

Like a sniffer dog recognising the scent of explosives, we all learn to be alert to any hint of danger to our psychological well-being. Whenever we have…

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Building and Repairing Trust

As we watch with varying degrees of disbelief the goings on between the Conservative candidates vying for the job of Prime Minister, it’s very difficult to believe that we can trust any of them to fulfil this important position. Being able to trust your partner is one...

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Why the Father-Daughter Relationship is so important

With Father’s Day still in our sights it’s worth reiterating the pivotal importance of the paternal role. In therapy, it becomes so clear that dads sometimes underestimate their influence on growing daughters. And women who have grown up with disappointing or punitive...

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One way therapy can help.

I feel admiration for my clients who decide to discuss their couple life with a therapist whom they trust. The trust is often a difficult thing because there may have been a breaking of trust earlier in either or both of the people in the couple's lives. This will...

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Death the Avoided Topic: How to work with Loss

During the past year, I have experienced two close deaths (ok, one was a pet). It’s taken time to fully appreciate the impact this has had on me. I’ve learned some fundamental lessons throughout this process, and how some of my narratives about death have been...

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How to keep sex alive

Summer might only just be upon us but it is the season of weddings nonetheless.  Many couples are experiencing the results of much planning and anticipation as they come to their big day.  Many hopes and expectations abound as to what their life together will be like...

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A Healthy Relationship involves Acceptance

Creating A Safe Couple Relationship with Your Partner Entails Finding a Way to Accept the ‘As Is’ (Ella Fitzgerald: ‘My Funny Valentine)     ‘You’re my funny valentine, Sweet comic valentine, You make me smile with my heart… But don’t change a hair for me, not if you...

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Mental Health and the Couple

To launch Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with stars from TV and Music to record the Mental Health Minute.  The theme behind this year’s minute is to highlight the importance of listening. Just by taking a minute to stop and...

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