Things People in Abusive Relationship Need to Remember

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I have been working with people for over 25 years who have been in abusive relationships. The abuse my clients dealt with most often took place within their families of origin, with their partners or spouses, as well as in highly controlled religious communities and abusive work environments. While many of my clients were finally able to break free, there were … Read More

Top Reasons People do NOT report Sexual Harassment

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So many people, of all ages and genders, deal with the pain of sexual harassment. It runs the gamut from being an annoyance and nuisance, to being intimidating, overwhelming, or downright terrifying . It is one of the most under-reported behaviors, along with sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. The victims of the sexual harassment are often aware that their … Read More

Things that Kill Intimacy:

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Maintaining a relationship is a difficult thing to do, especially when you need to try to speak openly about potentially uncomfortable subjects.  One of the parts of a relationship that goes downhill quickly when communication is challenging is intimacy. After working with couples for over 26 years, I have found that those conversations are often easier than expected. The fear … Read More

Protecting a Special Marriage

Rachel BernsteinFamily, Marriage, Special Needs

In the world of special needs, there are  a great amount of statistics flying around, and one of the most shocking numbers is that an estimated 80-90 percent of marriages involving special needs children end in divorce. Rachel Bernstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist from California, gives parents of special needs kids some advice to avoid becoming a part … Read More

Your Daughter’s Body Image

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Family

Child Therapy Encino

What to do when your tween or teen girl doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror. Our girls are up against some fearsome foes. Images of beauty are everywhere, and the brainwashing begins at a very young age. Media, fashion trends, culture, heritage, friends, family and even religious beliefs set and reset our and our daughters’ standards of beauty. … Read More

Your Partner Is Your Political Polar Opposite. Now What?

Rachel BernsteinFamily

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Advises Couples on How to Preserve Their Relationships When Discussing Politics SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As Election Day nears, many people find themselves engaging in serious and often heated political conversations. Politics can highlight core differences or similarities in values and characters, but sometimes the cost of discussing these beliefs can unintentionally shake up … Read More

Dealing with Divorce

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Couples, Family, Marriage

How divorcing parents can help their children during this difficult time. Have you ever dreaded a moment so much that you delay it, find every excuse not to have it, and hoped you could hire someone else to do it? That is how the parents I talk to in my practice often portray the moment when they have had to … Read More

May Mommy Mental Wellness Month: Supermoms Take Time for YOU This Mother’s Day

Rachel BernsteinFamily

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Offers Three Tips to Achieve Mommy Mental Wellness PR Newswire SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2012 SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a great time of year for moms across California to reflect and assess what they need emotionally. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists … Read More

Sibling Rivalry

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Family, Siblings

Family Therapy | Sibling Rivalry

Tips on dealing with new siblings. You all know the family. The one in which the siblings seem to magically get along, support each other, work well together, and talk through difficult moments with little to no yelling, or homicidal threats. You also know there is a reason you probably only know one family like this. It is a rarity. … Read More