Siri Sokol, D.S.M. Ordained Minister
8 BONHEIM ST, ALBANY, New York 12204
Couples are dyads formed of exclusion. They conspire, they are rude. it's much better, particularly for girls, to act independently. I enjoy my role as Minister because it affords me the "promiscuity" I require in order to get to know everyone! No significant other would tolerate my wish to join in unspecified groups. Fit in, I do all by myself. I wouldn't really consider trading. my celibacy nor sharing. my soapbox with any other.
Philip Kolba, MA
Troy, New York 12180
There are countless models of healthy romantic relationships, from monogamous to polyamorous, and unique variations between partners. The scripts for dating and longterm relationships of our parents’ generations may not be applicable to your relationship, and there is no formal education in how to be a good partner or how to identify unhealthy relationships. But there is psychological research that shows that effective communication, emotional openness, intimacy, and other factors contribute to healthy relationships. Creating these conditions are skills that can be learned. I practice brief humanistic and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to help my LGBTQ and hetero clients learn these skills.
David Russell, Ph.D.
Avon, Connecticut 06001
While traditional 45-minutes-a-week talk therapy teaches communication skills, many couples can communicate perfectly well until their emotions get in the way. When your emotions hit an 8 or a 9 on a 0-10 scale, all of your communication skills instantly disappear. This is why, for couples with strong emotional reactions, traditional therapy can actually make things worse. I use 3-HOUR SESSIONS to help you identify and strengthen the positive parts of your relationship, eliminate the hot-buttons that drag you into those old vicious-circle arguments filled with hurt, anger or resentment and to develop the right emotional climate for healthy and productive communication