Do you have what it takes to overcome conflict in your relationship?

Conflict is a part of everyday life. In literature we learn the different types of conflict which can be classified as “man versus man”, “man versus nature”, and “man versus self.”  Although we are taught about the varying types of conflict in school, we aren’t necessarily taught how to deal with conflict and resolve our issues. When we come across conflict in our relationships, it is important to have the skills to overcome the problems so that you can continue to have a healthy relationship. If we are unable to mend our issues with our spouse there can be a variety of negative effects that can come about. What are some of the tools that we can use to overcome conflict in our relationships?

Earning her Masters degree from Northern Illinois University, Mrs. Shelly Hummel is CEO of The Align Center for Couples in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Mrs. Hummel specializes in helping couples create stronger and more meaningful relationships. She is a Gottman Certified Therapist and has been in practice for 16 years. Mrs. Hummel facilitated an educational program for the State of Iowa to divorcing parents entitled “Children in the Middle” as well as in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a member of the North Carolina American Association of Marriage Therapists and a Certified Seven Principles Educator. She sees couples for weekly sessions or for intensives, which are 1 to 3 days of intensive therapy for local or out-of-state couples in crisis.

To find out more about Shelly Hummel and her practice, The Align Center for Couples, you can visit their website or call (919) 880-2566 for an appointment.

Are your broken dreams affecting your relationship?

From childhood to adulthood we have all had hopes and dreams for our futures. As children we dream of becoming presidents, police officers, astronauts, pilots, and firefighters. As we age into teenagers and young adults our dreams consist of going to college to get our degrees and travelling the world. As adults we dream of things like having a family and climbing the corporate ladder. When you get married, some of your hopes and dreams may become morphed together as both of you want each other to achieve your dreams. You may want to start a family or move to the other side of the country. But, what happens when these dreams die or fail? How can this affect your relationship and how do you move on?

Earning his degrees in Ministry and Communication, Mr. Sheridan Voysey has been broadcasting for 18 years as well as speaking professionally for 12 years. Mr. Voysey has interviewed over 2000 people in his broadcasting career and won an award for services to Australian broadcasting in 2011. He is the author of five books including the most recent: Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings.

To find out more about Sheridan Voysey, you can visit his website.

Are you and your spouse in tune with your true selves?

Our twenties is the time for identifying who we are and what we want to do with the rest of our lives. We go to school to get our degrees and discover careers options that maximizes our talents and skills all the while finding that certain someone to start a family and share our future with. We start to grow older as a unit as the years go by. We settle into life-long careers while the children take piano lessons and play sports for school. But, what happens when you haven’t discovered who you truly were before getting married and starting your family? Eventually you will have to find yourself and it can be a messy journey. How do you go about finding yourself? How does not knowing who you truly are affect your loved ones?

Earning her Masters Degree in Human Development and Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University, Mrs. Carmella Whitehead is founder of Whitehead Counseling Services in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mrs. Whitehead has provided individual, couples and family counseling for eight years. She is particularly skilled in mind-body therapy, finding self-worth and reconnecting to your true self. Mrs. Whitehead’s work is characterized by intuition, compassion, optimism and collaboration.

To find out more about Mrs. Carmella Whitehead and her practice, Whitehead Counseling Services, you can visit their website at  or call (646) 530-0993 for an appointment.