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Smartphones Part 2: 3 Ways to Stop Your Smartphone from Ruining your Relationship

By Marielle Berg | July 18, 2018
Smartphones Part 2: 3 Ways to Stop Your Smartphone from Ruining your Relationship

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how smartphone use was affecting your relationship. In Part 2, we’ll give you three ways you can stop your smartphone from ruining your relationship. These are techniques we encourage in our couple’s therapy sessions and you can try them for yourself or seek the help of…

Smartphones Part 1: How Your Smartphone Is Affecting Your Relationship

By Marielle Berg | July 11, 2018
Smartphones Part 1: How Your Smartphone Is Affecting Your Relationship

In our San Francisco therapy practice, we help many couples whose relationships have been negatively affected by their use of (and addiction to) smartphones. It’s crazy to think how much one little super-helpful device can actually be the cause of so many problems in your life. Relationships today look vastly different than they did only…

7 Reasons Why You’re Fighting With Your Partner on Vacation and How to Avoid It

By Marielle Berg | July 4, 2018
7 Reasons Why You’re Fighting With Your Partner on Vacation and How to Avoid It

Fighting with your partner on vacation can be an unwelcome surprise. After all, vacation is supposed to be a time when you get to unwind and take it easy. Though conflict is hard to handle and not what you want to be doing on vacation, it’s a fairly common experience. Many couples find themselves bickering…

Aging Parents: How You Can Keep Your Relationship Strong While Caring For Them

By Marielle Berg | June 27, 2018
Aging Parents: How You Can Keep Your Relationship Strong While Caring For Them

It’s no secret that caring for your aging parents is a tough gig. Especially while also trying to nurture your relationship with your partner. This is a situation many of our clients in San Francisco struggle with.  And that’s because caring for an aging parent can cause a big strain in your other relationships, especially…

Dealing with Emotions that Scare You

By Marielle Berg | June 20, 2018
Dealing with Emotions that Scare You

How to Deal with Emotions that Scare You  When we are overwhelmed by emotions, the best thing we can do is… feel them. What? Wait a minute. That advice seems counterintuitive. The obvious answer is that if you want to stop experiencing something, you should do everything you can to avoid it. Right? It turns…

4 Effective Ways for Dealing with In-Laws You Don’t Like

By Marielle Berg | June 13, 2018
4 effective ways for dealing with in laws you don't like

Although you love your partner, what you feel for your in-laws isn’t exactly the same sentiment. To put it plainly, you really don’t like them. And you don’t have to like them. Although there is no rule that you have to like you in-laws in order to be in a happy relationship, you do have…

5 Relationship Rituals That Can Keep Your Love Strong

By Marielle Berg | June 6, 2018
5 relationship rituals that can keep your love strong

Things you regularly do in your relationship are actually habits. These habits can impact your relationship in ways you didn’t expect. Habits are a lot like patterns. Once they’re established, they just sort of unfold themselves without much effort on your part. Until you make a deliberate effort to change them, of course. Furthermore, these…

3 Keys for Taking Care of Yourself and Your Partner When Their Parent Dies

By Marielle Berg | May 30, 2018
3 Keys for Taking of Yourself and Your Partner when their Parent Dies

The death of your significant other’s parent is a uniquely challenging time in your relationship.   Your partner will be grieving in their own way. Depending on what kind of relationship you had with their parent, you will be, too. Whether you were close or not, the death of your partner’s parent will be a…

Are You Pleasure Deprived? Part 2

By Marielle Berg | May 23, 2018
What are the common obstacles to doing nice and pleasurable things for yourself? In part 2 of this blog series, we explore the reasons we see most often in our San Francisco therapy practice.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at why it’s important to prioritize pleasure and how to actually bring more of it into your life. Now in Part 2, we explore the common obstacles to prioritizing pleasure and how to get the most of your pleasurable events. In our San Francisco therapy practice, we…

Are You Pleasure Deprived? Part 1

By Marielle Berg | May 16, 2018
Do you need help bringing more pleasure into your life? Bay Area Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Do you need to bring more pleasure into your life? In our San Francisco therapy practice, we help people incorporate more pleasure and joy in their lives because therapy isn’t just about talking about problems, it’s also about building a life where you feel better more of the time. One powerful way to feel better…