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Is your spouse’s eating disorder affecting your marriage?

As a society we are growing more aware of mental illness and the effects it can have on an individual and their loved ones. We now observe National Mental Health Awareness Month in May each year to recognize and bring awareness about mental health disorders and the effects it has on the people suffering with a disorder. Mental Health Awareness Month acknowledges disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder among many others. Now that we are aware of what mental health disorders are and how they affect an individual, we now have to discover just how the disorder can affect those people close to the individual suffering. Eating Disorder is among those disorders recognized in the National Mental Health Awareness Month. How can having an eating disorder affect a marriage?

Earning her Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the Phillips Graduate Institute, Ms. Deborah Klinger is founder of Deborah Klinger M.A., LMFT, PC in Durham, North Carolina. Ms. Klinger helps individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of issues. She has extensive experience in the field of eating disorders and has been certified as an Eating Disorders Specialist through the Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Ms. Klinger is published in “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.”

To find out more about Ms. Deborah Klinger and her practice, Deborah L Klinger, M.A., LMFT, PC, you can visit their website or call 919-990-1143 for an appointment.

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.

Does your spouse have what it takes to fulfill your every wish and desire?

While some things in life are considered essential, like food, water and shelter. Are you able to separate relationship wants v needs? As human beings, our unwavering desire for ‘more’ transforms what we need to survive into all the things we want to have instead. Is your partner able to identify and provide those items you consider essential to your relationship survival?  What about the extra benefits you crave? Can an ambitious appetite for all the luxuries that come with love overwhelm the basics deemed essential to the success of a relationship?

Rachel Payne Blair is a licensed clinical social worker with Greenlee Psychological and Support Services in Durham, North Carolina where she provides therapy for families, couples, and individuals and also provides clinical supervision for Master Level students. Earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work, Rachel has applied her skills in the field of foster care, school counseling, as well as volunteering her time to assist in local homeless youth programs. Rachel has extensive training and experience in a wide range of areas, including coping with separation and attachment loss, repairing and reconnecting relationships, as well as couples counseling.

To find out more about Rachel Payne Blair and her practice, Greenlee Psychological and Support Services, you can visit their website  or call (919) 764-6402 for an appointment.