Entries by Toni Parker

Relationship Connection

Connected relationships lead to a greater stability in all of your relationships – including family, friends and coworkers. To create shared meanings and values in your relationships, identify the shared meanings you already have and decide what new meanings you may want to add. Shared meanings help people, whether family or friend, settle conflicts and […]

Embracing Positivity in Relationships

Life is wrought with challenges and stress, and it can be tempting to give in, give up, and commence to complain in sex and relationships… to the point that negativity begins to rule your life. However, once negativity takes over, it begins to rule your thought processes, causing long-term effects that are often difficult to […]

How to Mindfully Meditate in Marriage

Do you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, or even lonely in your relationship? All of us experience challenges and conflicts in our marriage at one time or another. As Dr. John Gottman explains, continuously mishandling ongoing problems can result in uncomfortable gridlock and a sense that you are “spinning your wheels” and getting nowhere. The […]

Relationship Communication Through Today’s Technology

Our society has had a drastic shift in the last century that has lead to typing and reading this very article – the aggressive development in technology.  While technology has helped advance many parts of our lives further (we are able to speak to a loved one 3000 miles away from us through video chat […]

Gratitude Filled Relationships

Would you describe your life as joyous?  Do you actively practice gratitude or count your blessings?   Joyful people are typically grateful people – the act of practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives, as well as our relationships. relationship-adviceGratitude is an attitude of thankfulness.  This state of mind can apply to gratitude for tangible or […]

How S&M Can Strengthen Your Relationship

No, I am not referring to Fifty Shades of Grey sadism and masochism. I am talking about a seriously powerful, connection-building combo: self-compassion and mindfulness. What does this look like? Self-compassion enables you to love yourself as you would love others. It also helps to ease your emotional and physical suffering. Mindfulness, on the other […]

What is my Heart Saying?

I awoke yesterday morning with an all-encompassing sense of overwhelm. My mind was racing over all of the things I had to accomplish. As a marriage and family therapist, I love what I do and, as a result, I was thinking about who and how I was going to help that day. Everything I had […]

Communication in your Relationship

As we are right in the middle of the “digital age,” communication is something we are always partaking in.  How we communicate is really how we share ourselves to the world.  When taking conscious breaks away from technology and letting our devices charge up, it is important that we, too, plug in to see how […]