Is your love life an erotic novel or abusive nightmare?

The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has steadily remained at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for several months. The risqué nature of the book that once started out as Twilight fan-fiction is catching the attention of men and women across the globe. Aptly nicknamed “Mommy Porn”, the over the top erotic and abusive nature of the trilogy evokes visions of a modern version of The Story of O. Questions about the nature of the intense relationship between the two main characters and the book’s strong appeal to women are being discussed widely.

In marriage, how do you determine whether the dynamic between you and your spouse is healthy or abusive when behaviors encourage dominant and submissive relationships?

Colette Segalla is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Colette is a psychotherapist with Lepage Associates in Durham, NC where she works with individuals and couples on issues ranging from anxiety and depression to problems in sexual intimacy. She enjoys working with couples to improve communication, connection, and emotional and physical intimacy.

To find out more about Colette Segalla and her practice, Lepage Associates in Durham, NC, you can visit them online or call 919-572-0000 for an appointment.

Could your relationship with your spouse benefit from having an Indian view on marriage?

What is the difference in an Indian Marriage? Marriage is recognized all over the world as a union between two people. By being married you establish rights and obligations between each other, between you and your children, and between you and your in-laws. There can be many reasons that people choose to marry. These reasons could be legal, social, emotional, financial, spiritual or religious.  The views and definitions of marriage widely vary from culture to culture. Some cultures believe in finding someone you love to marry while other cultures believe in arranged marriages. India is such a culture that believes in these arranged marriages. Here in the United States, arranged marriages are not the norm in our culture. However, is there something we can learn from the way Indian culture views marriage?

Founder of John O’Donoghue Therapy Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mr. John O’Donoghue is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. He offers counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Mr. O’Donoghue is currently offering Blended Family Support and Therapy Groups as well. Mr. O’Donoghue has extensive experience in family issues, relationship and partner issues and parent-child communication. He has traveled to India extensively and is currently writing a book on Indian marriage.

To find out more about John O’Donoghue and his practice, John O’Donoghue Therapy Services, you can visit their website or call (919) 645-7179 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.