In today’s day and age we are all programmed to be independent. We go off to 4-year colleges to get our degrees. We then use those degrees to land ourselves a career to support us through life’s necessities. Being independent means that we don’t have to rely on anyone else to aid or support our needs and wants. Wanting to be independent is a good virtue to have when it comes to financial stability and careers. However, when it comes to relationships, being independent might not be what’s best for you and your loved one. What happens when we try to be too independent in our relationships? Can being interdependent, dependent, or independent hurt our relationship with our loved one? What can we do to become more mutually dependent with our loved one?

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 family dynamic under stress because of a teenagers drug abuse?

Marriages require work from both spouses to strive and grow. When you add children to the mix the marriage becomes a family with more pressure to make things work. With career obligations, chaotic schedules, and responsibilities to your children, there’s not much room for disruption. Adolescent drug abuse can be cause of disruption in the family dynamic.  What steps should you take to rebuild and strengthen the family dynamic when dealing with a child’s drug dependency?

Earning his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University, Mr. Jonathan Dotch Sr. is founder of Dotch Counseling Services of Charlotte, where he practices as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist – Associate (LCASA) as well as  a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)  Mr. Dotch Sr. is the author of New Choices: Reaping the Benefits from Positive Decisions which is dedicated to troubled youth trying to overcome adversity during the adolescent phase. He has also served others as a mentor youth care-worker for at-risk children and juvenile delinquents, and in community support services.

To find out more about Mr. Jonathan Dotch Sr. and his practice, Dotch Counseling Services of Charlotte, you can visit their website or call (704) 729-4486 for an appointment.

What’s the best way to support a spouse with anxiety?

Anxiety can be crippling at times. So what happens when one partner in a relationship or marriage is affected by it? What happens within the relationship? Anxiety can not only impair the life of the person afflicted, but also the life of the non-afflicted partner.

Today, we’re joined by Kate Thieda from KKJ Forensic and Psychological Services. Kate is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and National Certified Counselor. Kate lives in Durham, NC, and when she’s not helping couples with issues in their marriages, she can usually be found with her partner Annette, running, stand-up paddle boarding, or driving around town in her vintage Corvette.

Kate is the author of, Loving Someone With Anxiety, and is an expert in how anxiety can lead to crippling problems in a relationship. She’s here today to help all of us understand how the loved ones of those suffering from anxiety can offer support in positive, encouraging ways and without creating bigger problems.

Kate’s book can be found on Amazon or at your local Barnes & Noble retailer.

To find out more about Kate and her practice, visit their website or call (919) 493-1975 to schedule an appointment.