The Other Woman’s Role in the Breakup of Your Marriage

Words have power, so if your husband leaves you for another, you’ll feel better if you call her names — home-wrecker, low-life, bitch, whore, tramp, slut, skank.

Consumed by Anger Long After the Marriage Ends

Abandoned wives say that they hate feeling angry all the time but they can't stop. They seek revenge and wish they could make their ex-husbands suffer what they have suffered.

Why Is Recovering from a Breakup Easier for Some Women?

Wonder why you are still struggling to recover from a breakup that happened long ago? Three factors may explain why.

Decisiveness: The Fresh New Key to Success

Do you suffer making decisions? I have a solution for you. Incorporate this new approach into your life: decisiveness.

21 Simple Things You Can Do to Feel Better Right Now

I know what it feels like to be really miserable. I’ve been there. So I made you a list of 21 simple things you can do to feel better right here, right now.

New Year’s Eve Survival Guide for the Heartbroken

New Year’s Eve is the loneliest night of the year when your heart’s been broken. The whole world is counting down the minutes, but you’re dreading it. So what do you do?

"I Have to Beg to Get His Attention," A Wife’s Lament

Husbands need to learn to be available and listen with full attention. Women need eye contact and time to talk.

Low Man on the Totem Pole—A Husband’s Lament

If your husband is grumbling about being low man on the totem pole, you need to take it seriously because it makes him vulnerable.

I Just Can’t Get Over Him!

When a man walks away from a marriage, particularly when the wife didn’t see it coming, it is often a profound emotional injury, which leaves her feeling abandoned.

The Fragility of the Extreme Narcissist

For an extremely fragile narcissist, being told he screwed up makes him feel so badly that he can’t even entertain the fact that he may have made a mistake.

How Women Refer to Their Ex’s Without Using His Name

If your marriage has gone up in flames, fuelled by grief, pain and acrimony, speaking or even hearing the name of your former spouse can become a trigger for all that was lost.

Getting Through the Holidays After a Break-Up

It’s amazing how much loneliness and loss can hurt but the whole zeitgeist of the holidays is about being together in happy families. So what do you do?

Fifteen Quirky Stress-Reduction Tips

Sometimes you need to lighten up and inject some play in your life. Some light and fun suggestions to make the day flow!

How to Tell the Kids You’re Getting Divorced

Divorcing parents meet with me because they worry terribly about the effect that learning of divorce will have on their kids. They want to know the specifics, of course, such as when is a good time to tell, who should do the telling, and what should be said. But beneath those practical inquiries lies the real reason for the session – will my child be okay?

Anxiety Lies

Anxiety lies. It takes advantage of us because we’re vulnerable. It has all the moves. It makes us feel weird and strange in our bodies. It makes us question whether we are going mad. It gives us sensations that we don’t understand and makes us think that the only possible reason we are feeling those things is because something has gone terribly and irreversibly haywire.

Why is Mary Such a Bitch to Edith?

Beautiful, stylish, powerful Mary should really be secure enough in her own identity that she doesn’t need to diminish poor struggling Edith in order to confirm her superiority, yet she does. This sub-plot mirrors the truth about what goes on in many families, where often an older sister is ruthless in her need to keep her rival’s head below water so she can shine.

The Valentine’s Day Bomb

I say, let’s bring back the fun in Valentine’s Day! Let’s make Valentine’s Day be about love in all its incarnations. Let’s throw love at our friends, family and dog, and do something special for them, even if it’s just a phone call. Let’s make an effort to smile at strangers and warmly thank the guy in the café when he hands you your coffee.

Take Back the Holidays!

I know this time of the year really sucks if you’ve been left or if your marriage has ended. Everything feels different and the fantasy that the rest of the world is happy only makes your gloom, well, gloomier. But sometimes, we have to go ahead and do things, even though we don’t feel like it, saying, “This is MY life and I’m going to celebrate Christmas if it kills me!"
To Get Free of the Past, You Need to Stop Asking “Why?”

To Get Free of the Past, You Need to Stop Asking “Why?”

When something bad happens – when we are hurt or disappointed – it’s the most natural thing in the world to ask oneself why. But when asking “why?” colonizes our minds and goes from an inquiry to a nagging lament, we risk getting stuck in the need to find an answer that will probably never come. Instead we need to get comfortable in the “not knowing.”
Woman’s Marriage/Man’s Marriage: Two Different Worlds

Woman’s Marriage/Man’s Marriage: Two Different Worlds

Women go into marriage for the marriage. Men go into marriage for the woman. For the woman, it’s a combo, a package deal. You get the house, the stuff, the kids and the guy. For many men, however, the woman is central. He may love his house and his kids, but men often tell me that their primary want is pretty simple: they just want their wife to be happy.

Dating After Abandonment

On the subject of dating again after abandonment, women often tell me that they are not looking to meet anyone because they’re not ready. Months, years go by while they’re waiting to become ready. If you’re a cautious women like one of these, I suggest you need to start before you’re ready. The act of getting out there makes you ready.

My Husband Was Abducted by Aliens!

When a departing husband re-writes history, a woman needs to trust her memory of their lived experience. Words have tremendous power, particularly when your husband is adamant about his revisionist view of your life together, but it is important to locate your own reality of that life and hang on to it.
I Love You but I’m Not in Love With You!

I Love You but I’m Not in Love With You!

“I love you but I’m not in love with you”. It’s the one sentence that has ended more marriages than any other – this declaration that what was once a juicy plum of a relationship had withered on the vine. Sometimes the person being told knew it without knowing; had been aware for some time that there wasn’t much flash in the eye anymore. Other times he or she was clueless.
Do People Tell You That You’re Too Sensitive?

Do People Tell You That You’re Too Sensitive?

Many of us just can’t tolerate other people’s anger. We get confused and flooded, vulnerable to feeling like a bad person. Emotion takes over, jamming our thinking processes. That awful feeling gets way too big and makes us respond from a defensive position that is usually unreasonable, in the true sense of that word.

33 Erroneous Beliefs that Limit Women Following a Breakup

I challenge you to have the courage to fight limiting negative beliefs and do whatever it takes to create a future for yourself. No doubt, you’re sad. No doubt, you may be hurting. But that doesn’t mean that you permit yourself to define yourself as a helpless victim. Reach for the light! Pour some steel in your spine and fight for your happiness! I know you can do it!

Does Your Family Take Advantage of You?

Women swell with pride when someone says what a “good mother” we are, what a “good wife”. But what does that mean? It means, selfless. Putting everyone else’s needs before our own and feeling good about that – like that’s what a woman should be doing. The last thing a woman wants is to be called selfish – it’s the meanest curse.

What “Life of Pi” has to do with Heartbreak

Most women who have gone through the lonely journey of refashioning their lives following wife abandonment are able, like Pi, to reach down to the depth of their souls and, in the midst of destruction, find strength and a new meaning to their lives. It takes the hardest things in life to force us to locate that iron determination to fight for our survival.

3-D Parenting

Can you assume a parental role, which means getting comfortable with the fact that you cannot and should not make a perfect life your child? That you can expect more from him and give him more responsibility for solving his own problems, with you as a sounding board, not as the solver? Can you square your shoulders and pour some steel in your spine?

Eight Bite-Sized Thoughts About Life to Nosh On

When I was in training to be a therapist, they taught us that giving advice was not part of the job description, but I don’t always do what I’m told. Here are 8 tips I couldn’t resist sharing with my clients, and I thought it would be worthwhile to share them with you.
Tit for Tat!

Tit for Tat!

In highly competitive couples, every gesture is marked on a giant scoreboard. “Look at all I do for you! Now, you owe me and should do for me!” but frustratingly, the other doesn’t see it the same way.