Do you have the skills to transform crises into connection in your relationship?

Hollywood tends to portray marriages and relationships in such a harmonious way where communication, trust, and honesty are never an issue.. However, we are all aware that relationships are never perfect and take quite a bit of work from both partners to be successful. Couples may have difficulties agreeing on the way to manage finances, raise children or spend their free time. In these times of disagreement things can get tense and uncomfortable for both people involved. We all tend to deal with these problems in different ways. Some people may instinctively get defensive while others may try to ignore the problem altogether. How do you turn these times of conflict into a way to connect with one another.

Earning her Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology at Temple University, Dr. Susan Orenstein is founder and director of Orenstein Solutions in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Orenstein has devoted her professional career to helping individuals and couples improve their most intimate relationships. She specializes in relationship and couples issues. Dr. Orenstein is committed to providing state-of-the-art practices in marital counseling and to that end, continues to attend professional training programs.

 To find out more about Dr. Susan Orenstein and her practice, Orenstein Solutions, you can visit their website  or call (919) 428-2766 for an appointment.


Is your anger obstructing your relationship?

Whether we’ve been wronged, denied or offended, we have all been angered. However, the way we deal with our anger can vary. We may get defensive if we feel attacked or offended. Some may keep it inside until one little thing blows the top off and they finally let it all out at once. People often don’t realize the consequences of their anger outbursts until after the outburst has occurred. The hardest part is after the episode when trying to eradicate the damage you may have done to your partner and relationship. Like anything else, there is a right and wrong way to control and manage your anger. How is your anger affecting your relationship and what can you do to manage it?

Earning his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Dr. Bryce Kaye is the director of Cary Counseling Center and Allied Psychological Services in New Bern, North Carolina. Dr. Kaye and his wife, Helen, own a nautical marriage retreat service named Love Odyssey Charters which helps couples save their marriages on a week long sailing odyssey to different ports of call along the rivers and sounds of North Carolina. Dr. Kaye has extensive experience in performing individual psychotherapy, marriage counseling, and substance abuse counseling.

To find out more about Dr. Bryce Kaye and his practice, Love Odyssey, you can visit their website or call (919) 460-2516 for an appointment.

Does long-standing sibling rivalry really have an impact on a marriage?

So where does sibling rivalry start in the first place? According to academic professionals at the University of Michigan Health System, the most fundamental effect and characteristic of sibling rivalry is jealousy. Constant arguments between siblings create a strong feeling of tension in the household that’s felt by everyone.

It’s also been suggested that rivalry between siblings has negative effects on the marriage of the parents, as the problems experienced between the siblings begin to make the parents more likely to disagree about who is right and who is wrong in different situations. So what is the best way to ease the tension and quell the rivalries?

Today’s guest is Dr. Kristen Wynns, a child psychologist and parenting, testing and custody specialist and the owner of Wynns Family Psychology. With extensive experience in child and parenting issues, Kristen has seen her fair share of family tension derived from sibling rivalry. According to her, spouses can reduce the negative effects of the rivalry by communicating with each other and presenting a unified front to the children.

The Wynns Family Psychology ‘Sibling Strife’ workshop will be held September 23, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

To find out more about Kristen and her practice, visit their website or call (919) 467-7777 to schedule an appointment.