Eating Disorders

Janine DonnellyBlog posts

Eating Disorders – Peer pressure or influence from social media? Eating disorders are seen as any system of behaviours relating to food that seek to make us feel in control.  There are a number of diagnosed disorders that dominate media coverage, such as anorexia or bulimia. However,  over eating, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder and many other issues around food … Read More

Major Life Stressors in the Marriage

JanineBlog posts

Marriage counselling therapists meet couples all the time who are on the verge of, or have just come through, a major life event.   These are the major stressors for a relationship.   Your partner in marriage, or in long term relationship, ideally is the person that you are most emotionally connected to, who is your greatest emotional support.   … Read More

Raising Children with Different Parenting Approaches

JanineBlog posts

Having children is a part of marriage that in itself is fraught with issues.  Whether or not to procreate and when to do so are points that couples deal with early on, unless circumstance causes them to deal with it before they are ready.  Fertility is also a huge issue and one that can cause a massive number of issues … Read More

Financial Stress in long term Relationships

JanineBlog posts

As human beings, money is, for the majority, something that we think about more than we care for.   How we deal with financial stress within a long term relationship is so important in terms of how we communicate, how we view each other and how we understand the balance of both power and of nurture within our relationship.   … Read More

Marriage Counselling: Communication, how to say that difficult thing

JanineBlog posts

Marriage Counselling: Communication, how to say that difficult thing Communication within a long term relationship is something that couples therapists address with every set of clients that they see.  How a couple communicates is a massive stumbling block for a lot of people. This is something that is true of not just couples, however.  It is also true in other … Read More

Marriage Counselling: Infidelity

JanineBlog posts

When a relationship starts to crumble what’s the appropriate action? Many therapists comment that by the time couples come to visit their office the damage has done on for too long, hurts and distrust run too deep and iceberg that’s wedged between their love is too entrenched to allow for the examination and work required to restore the relationship to … Read More

Rethinking anxiety to our advantage

JanineBlog posts

Worry and stress have become socially acceptable code words for anxiety.  Anxiety is rooted in our fear response. How we process fear is a long-held system that we build over our childhoods and continue to cement, well into our adult lives.  It feels immutable, unchangeable and overwhelming. However, like any other system that we have, though self awareness, we can … Read More

Loss of a partner: When half of you is gone

JanineBlog posts

Dealing with the death of a partner can bring a sense of emptiness and loneliness that is as unique as the love you shared. Particularly when you have spent the majority of your adult life with this person, it can feel like half of you is gone. A sense of feeling lost and abandoned is not uncommon.  “I have no … Read More

What does it mean to connect?

JanineBlog postsLeave a Comment

In our modern world using social media to connect is standard practice. Last month we commemorated “Safer Internet Day” where my colleague and I attended a Twitter event with four panelists leading discussions on the pros and cons of the online world. The topic of cyber-bullying and abuse were on the forefront of the discussion on safe internet use, and … Read More