Assuming

By Jennifer Semmes | August 31, 2017

You know what they say about assuming…. About it making an ass out of you and me? Well, it’s true. Not only can it make an ass out of you, but can seriously impede your ability to communicate, and can make an already struggling relationship more difficult. As a relationship therapist, I talk to clients…

Porn: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

By Jennifer Semmes | August 22, 2017

Pornography can be confusing, even downright scary. It can serve a positive purpose and enrich our sex lives, or it can ruin relationships. It can help take pressure off a partner with a lower sex drive, or make the same one feel undesired. How each person in a relationship feels about pornography comes down to…

10 Signs of Emotional Abuse

By Jennifer Semmes | August 22, 2017

Domestic abuse comes in many forms; all can be devastating and dangerous. Current statistics show that one in every four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime (85% of abuse victims are women). The most common form of abuse in relationships is emotional abuse. Because it is often overlooked and underreported, it is certain…

“But I Love Him…” Why Break-ups Hurt So Much

By Jennifer Semmes | August 22, 2017

What keeps us in a relationship that we know is not right? Why is it so difficult to end a relationship that has not been good for a while? There is not a simple answer to this question. The answer is complex and the experience of a break-up can be one of the most devastating…

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

By Jennifer Semmes | May 8, 2017

Gottman’s Method Couples Therapy is a research-based treatment for couples experiencing difficulty in their relationship. This method began with the concept that in order to understand relationships, it was necessary to observe and understand interactions. From this grew the ‘Love Lab’, created by John Gottman and Robert Levenson over 40 years ago. The ‘Love Lab’…