Are you repeating the same behavior patterns in your relationship that you did as a child?

Every parent has their own way of parenting. Consequently, every person’s childhood is different from everyone else’s and can develop unique patterns. The way we are raised influences the way we do things later in life, whether it’s our study habits, work ethic, or career choices. Some parents enforce studying and getting homework done before play. Later in life this can help you to focus more on education or getting your work done in a timely matter. What our parents instill in us at a young age often carries with us in patterns over the years. What happens when we come from a home that is less than optimal? Do we develop differently? Can our childhood affect the way we do things in our relationship?

Earning her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Ricki Geiger is founder and owner of Rickie L. Geiger, LCSW in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ricki is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Retirement Coach. She has over 30 years of professional experience. She provides individuals, couples, and group therapy for adults over 21 years of age. Ricki is a seasoned, engaging and skilled community educator and workshop presenter.

To find out more about Ricki Geiger and her practice, Ricki L Geiger, LCSW, you can visit their website or call (919) 929-8559 for an appointment.


Is your love going to last through life?

Hardships can be found all throughout life. These hardships can be at work or at home. At work we have to deal with projects and deadlines that test your time-management skills. At home we have to deal with bills, cleaning and the people you live with. Being in a marriage, you have your own set of trying matters. When you are married, you have to go through these hardships along with your spouse. You have to learn how to be there for one another and help each other get through these hard times.  Learning to express your needs, goals and feelings can prove to be challenging, especially when communication is not strong in your relationship. Do you have the essentials in your relationship that you need for long lasting love?

Earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University, Mrs. Carole Cullen is founder and owner of My-Therpist, Inc. in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Mrs. Cullen is a Certified Gottman Therapist & Workshop Leader as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has extensive experience working with a variety of topics including working with families who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks. working with at-risk youth and their families, adults with serious mental health and substance abuse issues and with couples in her private practice. Mrs. Cullen has initiated Couples Crisis Care, a new service for couples based on her work with couples and families that addresses the initial and unique crisis that couples face at the onset of an affair being revealed. She has been helping couples for over 14 years in private practice and has a passion for working with couples in her practice to repair and heal their relationships.

To find out more about Carole Cullen and her practice, My-Therapist, Inc., you can visit their website or call (919) 795-0101 for an appointment.

Is communication becoming an issue in your relationship?

Communication seems to be an issue in any kind of setting these days. Whether it is communication at work, at home or in a relationship, there are always problems with communicating with one another. With the rise in technology and social media, communication is even more complicated than before. With texting, emailing, and chatting, messages get lost in translation and allows the recipient to analyze and interpret it as they wish. When it comes to couples, communication is a big part in having a successful relationship. It is important for each partner to convey their needs and wants with each other. It is also important for each partner to disclose their dislikes. When we can’t communicate properly, our relationships with one another can suffer. What can we do to communicate better in our relationships?

Earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University, Jennifer Moynihan Wynn is founder and owner of Finding Balance, PLLC in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Jennifer completed an internship at ECU Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic in the Day Rehab Program for Brain Injury Survivors and their family members. She has an extensive background working in various mental health settings. She has experience doing group and individual therapy for mental health and substance abuse. Jennifer has provided training for Brain Injury Awareness in the community. She has also written articles for quarterly newsletter and provided resource support for survivors and their families.

To find out more about Jennifer Moynihan Wynn and her practice, Finding Balance, PLLC, you can visit their website or call (919) 926-8057 for an appointment.