CATEGORY: Relationship and Marital Problems 213 articles

Marriage Counseling and Relationship Counseling in Center City Philadelphia : Perhaps you've experienced a divorce, or have simply been single for a while and are hoping to enter a new relationship. Maybe you're not sure if the one you have now is worth saving, as the passion may have waned and you've begun fighting with your partner. This section is designed to help you answer all those questions and to develop the skills needed to work through common relationship problems.

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Owning Your Porn Problem

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Porn is a sexual tool that many people utilize.  However, while some have a healthy relationship with pornography, others develop obsessive and destructive tendencies with porn.  Some people would…


Prenups Can Strengthen Relationships

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

Learn how prenups can strengthen relationships.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented is for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

“You have made my life and…


How to Support A Partner With Anxiety

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

How to support a partner with anxiety 

Relationships can be difficult at times, especially when an anxiety disorder is added to the mix. Living in constant fear is not fun…


Feeling Like a Team in your Relationship

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

A good relationship allows each person to feel supported, and that they and their partner are on the same team. Each person can trust that their partner is invested in…


Couples' Exercise: Unpacking the Fight

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Are you and your partner having the same fight over and over again? When couples get stuck in a fight that pops up over and over again, it’s because you…


Create Emotional Independence by Responding Versus Reacting

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

How many times have you walked away from an argument feeling worked up, overwhelmed, or defeated? Part of the challenge may be that you are too emotionally fused or codependent…


How to Stop Your Partner From Phubbing

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            Smartphones have become quite sophisticated.  You can look up videos, watch movies, and even read this article on your phone.  However, because of all these abilities, ignoring one’s partner…


How to Create Emotional Independence Through Language

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

If you have ever wondered how you can create emotional independence through language, then you are in the right place.

 

There’s no “I” in “team!” Many of us may be familiar…


Understanding Turner Syndrome

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Has your child just been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome?  Does a loved one, such as a family member or close friend, have Turner Syndrome?  This article will provide an overview…


Don’t React, Respond: How to Better Control Your Emotion

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Have you been in a conversation or a situation where someone has said something that’s triggered you to react?  Maybe you’ve become angry, or frustrated, or sad?  And once you…


How to Create More Intimacy in Your Relationship

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

For many of us, the early stages of courting our partner involved a lot of resources and commitment to making the relationship a priority. In fact, we may have been…


How to Keep Romance Alive After Kids

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

The power of an infant’s smile, coo, or laughter is unimaginable. Some people report feeling an overwhelming, primal urge to keep that tiny human safe and loved at all costs…


Codependent Relationships

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

“You complete me,” Jerry Maguire says desperately to a teary-eyed Dorothy in the movie “Jerry Maguire.” She looks at him longingly as she accepts his apology and his proposal for…


How to Get Your Resistant Girlfriend Into Porn

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            There are a lot of associations with pornography.  Just saying “I like pornography” aloud, never mind to your girlfriend, can conjure up several different feelings and beliefs.  Some of…


How to Date for Data

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Dating experiences provide a lot of data. Whether you are just gaining your first experiences or have been in multiple relationships, dating is complicated. Human relationships, in their complexity, make…


Creating Boundaries After An Affair: Technology and the Internet

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

It comes to no shock that we live in a technologically advanced world. However, it can be easy to ignore or be unaware of the impact that technology has on…


Expressing Your Emotional Labor

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            Emotional labor is the process of repressing and/or emphasizing feelings that are deemed desirable within a situation.  Being calm when you’re angry, cordial when you’re irritated, and acting happy…


Expectations For Marriage Counseling

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

How do you know what you should expect out of marriage counseling? This tip will help guide your expectations for marriage counseling regardless of the presenting issue you two are…


Noticing Your Emotional Labor in Relationships

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

             Emotional labor is something that we do every day, yet rarely pay attention to.  Acting understanding to a demanding boss, being friendly to rude…


Emotional Labor and Relationships

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            When we think of labor, we often associate it with the physical components; work, chores, and projects quickly come to mind.  However, labor also…


Disclosing Your Partner's Sexual Affair

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Being cheated on is a painful experience that often feels devastating.  What’s worse is figuring out how to move forward after the emotional/sexual affair with your partner.  While you are…


Keeping A Relationship Old School In a New Age

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

In a world where we now have texting, Twitter, Facebook, FaceTime, Snapchat, and any other instantaneous phone application you can think of, how do you keep a relationship old school…


Telling Your Partner That You Are Asexual

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Telling Your Partner That You’re Asexual

You've done some research and personal reflection, and you're confident that you’re asexual.  You are well-versed in this orientation and how it applies to…


Coping with Infidelity

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Infidelity can be devastating.  No matter how you personally define infidelity, having an agreed upon set of rules broken hurts.  Pain, embarrassment, anger, sadness, insecurity, and other powerful emotions can…


Couples Therapy: I Am Check Ins

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Are you and your partner considering couples therapy? One of the most important things to know is that you need to do work at home as well as in session…


Recognizing when you're Flooded

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

We’ve all had the feeling - you and your partner are fighting and suddenly you’re feelings “take over” so that you can barely speak, let alone listen. Therapists  call this…


Dating After Infidelity

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Dating After Infidelity

            You were in a relationship, your partner cheated on you, it was devastating, and now you want to date again.  However, the question becomes, “How do…


Being the Perpetrator of Infidelity

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Being the Perpetrator of Infidelity

 

            What if you were the perpetrator of infidelity and still wanted to make your marriage work?  This can be a scary, unsettling, and confusing…


Codependency: Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever given your all to a relationship, sacrificing your own beliefs, feelings, and needs to benefit another? You may be struggling with codependency.  Codependency develops from childhood schemas…


Repairing Self-Worth After Infidelity

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Being the victim of infidelity can be incredibly damaging to one’s ego and self worth. Once learning your partner committed infidelity, it’s common to have an array of negative thoughts…


Types of Cohabitating Couples

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Set yourselves up for cohabitating success by addressing the issues discussed in How to Move in with Your Lover*. This tip is about the common couple types to help…


How to Move in with your Lover

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

 Moving in with a significant other is a big step in your relationship. Sure, you may have already spent a lot of time together and practically lived together already. However…


How to Fight in Your Relationship

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Couples often come to a couple’s therapist because the way they fight is no longer working for them. It is clear that they need to get out of their current…


Why People Occassionally Cheat

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Why People Occasionally Cheat

Have you ever wondered why people occasionally cheat in their relationships?  What could possibly be their motivation and how could they violate the delicate thread of trust? …


Parking Lot of Emotions

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you find yourself bringing past fights into current fights with your partner? Do you hold back talking to your partner because you’re holding a grudge? Have issues popped up…


Red/Yellow/Green Light Sex Exercise for couples

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Physical connection is an important part of every partnership and every individual person’s health. Intimacy can take many different forms. Although our culture often holds up penetrative sex as the…


What Your Body Language Is Saying

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you ever wonder why you didn’t get that job? Or, how about that loan at the bank? Do you want to have the hotty across the bar come up…


Jealousy in Open Relationships

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Jealousy is an obstacle faced in most relationships, monogamous and not. Sometimes jealousy arises because our relationship agreements have been broken or exploited. In these times, jealousy tells us “I’m…


What is Pre-Marital Counseling?

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

Congratulations! You’ve gotten engaged to the person whom you adore. As you begin planning for your wedding, something else to consider is premarital counseling. There are many reasons to explore…


Writing Your Newlywed Chapter

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Some couples enter marriage believing nothing will change.  Maybe you already bought a house together, raised 3 children together or with the help of lawyers created living wills together Maybe…


Surviving Wedding Season Single

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Wedding season is upon us. As if the stress of finding something appropriate and affordable to wear was not enough, you may find yourself very stressed out at the idea…


Eye Contact Challenge

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Intimacy is the product of two people allowing themselves to be vulnerable. It’s normal for intimacy to ebb and flow over the course of long-term partnerships. It’s the product of…


Understanding You and Your Partner’s Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever become so frustrated with you partner that you say to yourself, “I just don’t understand him/her”, “What were they thinking”, and “What could possibly be their motivation…


Understanding Past Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Understanding past relationships: Getting back into dating and relationships can be a fun, but anxiety provoking time. Perhaps your dating experience hasn't been that great. Or your past relationships have been…


Getting Over Being Dumped

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Getting over being dumped: So you’ve just gone through being dumped and now you’re trying to refocus back to a state of normalcy, but reaching equilibrium seems nearly impossible. What’s a…


Exploring Your Communication Style

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you had people tell you that you’re being “too aggressive” or do you feel like, at times, you tend to get taken advantage of? Or, maybe there have been…


Health Conscious Dating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

After countless dates you are left broke, alone, and fatter. That’s right, fatter. For the past few months you have been living a glutton’s dream life. You get home from…


Not Being The First

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

            You found the perfect partner. You connect on so many different levels.  You really feel like they get you, and your family and friends all…


Navigating Online Dating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You’ve picked out your best pictures, you came up with a cute/sexy/funny (whatever you’re going for) tagline, you’ve had your friends read over your profile and now, you’re ready to…


“Real-time” Connection over Your Smartphone

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

I often see couples with concerns over limited connection with one another. We live in a world where we are constantly connected. Smartphones have changed the way we communicate


Financial Secrets in a Relationship

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Financial Secrets in a Relationship

How much do you know about your partner’s financial status? How much does your partner know about yours? Are there things that you don’t tell him…


Space for Emotional Availability

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Space for Emotional Availability

There are two kinds of “space” one has in this world. The space that a person has in their own head, and the space that a person…


Managing Anxiety in a New Relationship

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

When you're an anxious person, dating can feel really, really tough. Especially, in a new relationship (within the first few months) there are lots of things that may cause your…


Practicing Gratitude When Feeling Disconnected

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

‘Tis the season for practicing gratitude in your life. You see it everywhere during the month of November, in fact the very holiday that we celebrate encourages us to be…


Communication Strategies

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Communication Strategies: Developed by Relationship Counselors at the Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia

Communicate Communicate Communicate that’s all you want to do!... these are words that typically resonate in…


Unsure About Orgasm

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Ask Alex

My wife doesn't think that she is having an orgasm through intercourse. I think she is having an orgasm. I'll give her reasons and mine. I have tried to be as…


An Insecure Partner

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

An Insecure Partner: Ever wonder why your partner has been so insecure lately? Or when the going gets tough, your partner gets going? If this sounds familiar your partner may be…


Partners Who Cheat

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Partners Who Cheat With Married Individuals: This tip will focus on understanding partners who are in committed relationships, but who cheat with married individuals. This comes in wake of the


Ashley Madison

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

With the recent Ashley Madison email leak, individuals are flocking to websites to check and see if their partner has signed up with the site. If you have been having…


Cheaters: Who And Why

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cheaters: Who Are They and Why Do They Do It?

Why do people cheat?  There are many reasons that people cheat.  You may hear people say that we as humans…


How To Break Up Like An Adult

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

How to Break Up Like an Adult

You are in your late 20s/early 30s. You've been single for a while and dating actively for several months. You're dating online, meeting people…


Letting Yourself Fall in Love

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Have you found yourself repeatedly pushing away relationships? Do you participate in a pattern of casual dating that only last so long or gets so far emotionally? Does the idea…


Couples Communication Skills Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Couples face many challenges in their relationships. One of the most common issues couples deal with is poor communication skills. Couples engaging in poor communication skills may break up…


Communicate without Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You have an idea that you want to communicate differently, but it can be difficult to make the behavioral changes necessary to put the new idea to work. Do not…


Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

The thought of using vaginal dilator therapy to treat recurrent or chronic sexual pain can be intimidating. Vaginal dilator therapy has been an effective treatment to…


Infertility: Your Husband As Your Support System

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Infertility: Your Husband As Your Greatest Support System

Are you and your husband experiencing infertility? The diagnosis of infertility can be painful and traumatic.  You may be experiencing emotions that may…


Dealing with Desire Discrepancy

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

You and your partner are both in your early thirties. You’ve been together for several years and overall you have a good relationship. Over the past several months though, things…


Infertility: It is Okay to Decline a Friend’s Baby Shower

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Another baby shower invite and you panic. Why does attending a baby shower always make you feel so bad about your own infertility? How can being happy for your friend’s…


Couple’s Sculpting Exercise

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you and your partner in need of a check up for a better understanding about the status of your relationship? We…


Flirting Language For Skyping

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Using Intentional Language To Develop Your Own Flirty Nickname For Skyping:  When you are in a long distance relationship communication is crucial.  There are many ways you can communicate, despite the…


Single Person’s Guide To Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

 A single person’s guide to Valentine’s Day: No longer just for lovers 

Valentine’s Day seems to elicit many reactions from many different people. A common reaction from single people when dealing…


Valentine’s Day for Couples with kids

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and many couples will begin the conversation about how will they celebrate this year, (or at least should). There are many things couples&rsquo…


What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Before you make your standard New Year’s resolution to go to the gym at least three times a week, think about what you truly…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


Painful Sex: Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

At some point in their life, most women will experience pain during or after sex. Female pelvic or sexual pain is a widespread problem, affecting 3 out of 4 women…


Getting to know your Turn Ons Using the Five Senses

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you feeling less turned on recently, but have no idea why? Are you struggling to tap into your sexual desire to get in the mood? Sometimes people get into…


Sexpectations

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Do you hold beliefs around sexuality that your lover is not fulfilling?  Is sex a sensitive area that you have trouble talking about with your lover, friends, or family members…


Couples and Their Financial History

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Every individual has a financial history. Just like every individual has a relationship history, sexual history, and family history. How we approach finances today is influenced by our past experiences…


Life After The End Of A Marriage: Creating a New Vision

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Life After The End Of A Marriage: Creating A New Vision

You thought you had taken your wedding vows for life. You thought that “for better or for worse” you and…


Parenting—An Overview

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When you think of your parenting role, what immediately comes to mind?  More than likely, your thoughts turn to surviving the day (and/or getting the jelly bean out of your…


The Four Worst Places to Discuss Money

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Four Worst Places to Discuss Money: Are these areas a trigger for you or your partner?

Do you and your partner end up arguing about money and spending when…


The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

While most of us would agree on the importance of reciprocal relationships, we don’t consciously think about this idea of reciprocity when it comes to friendships…


Ambivalent Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Ambivalent attachment

Do you struggle to trust your partner? Do you need constant reassurance from s/he that s/he will be there for you long-term? Are you overly sensitive to his/her actions…


Navigating Living Alone Together

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Navigating Living Alone Together (LAT)

            In a time when the trend is going toward cohabitating prior to marriage, there is also a trend to Living Alone Together. What does that…


Key actions to take when discussing money

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Discussing money and finances with your partner is often a very sensitive issue. Conversations around income, spending/budgeting, and debt, etc. can be awkward and uncomfortable to discuss in detail with…


How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling? (Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy in Philadelphia)

How do I get the most out of couples counseling? Making the decision…


Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls 

We have all been in contact with a narcissist. Whether you’ve been around a person who insists on being the center of the attention, or…


African American Women and Interracial Dating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Interracial Dating: Hot Topic with African American Women

Are you an African American woman who has dated outside her race?  You may have had many responses, reactions, ambivalences and other experiences…


Sex and Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sex and Pregnancy: The Second Trimester 

Some women experience sex as the most enjoyable during the second trimester. For one reason, most of your earlier pregnancy symptoms (nausea, exhaustion, etc) may…


Finding Your Authentic Self Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Finding Your Authentic Self Exercise 

When you hear the phrase “authentic self,” do find yourself questioning exactly what authentic self even means? Your authentic self is who you truly are as…


Dating Vs. Porn Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dating VS Porn Addiction: For many people, using porn is a component of their overall dating behavior and repertoire.  For some, however, that relationship with porn turns into an addiction and these…


Tired of Not Feeling Desired

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

            You’ve been dating for a while and you’re feeling frustrated with the progress you’ve made. There are endless categories you could put yourself in…


How To Become Pregnant

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Become Pregnant / Maximize the chances of becoming pregnant 

 These suggestions are written in no particular order.  Some suggestions are more important than others. 

  • Engage in intercourse once every…

Awaking Your Sexual Self & Getting More Out Of Sex

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Awakening Your Sexual Self...And Getting More Out of Sex: Do you get nothing out of sex? Do you feel like you must be missing something? If so, then this tip is…


Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perfectionism: We all have a need to feel accepted, believe we belong and are valued for who we are.  But oftentimes this universal human need gets distorted, becoming a deep source…


Discovering Motivation to Change

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Discovering Motivation to Change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back into the same…


The Power of Compliments

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Power of Compliments The Center for Growth / Couples Counseling in Philadelphia

Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale…


The Strong Black Woman in Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When we think about the Strong Black Woman, one of the struggles that plagues this badge of honor is the idea of balancing strength and vulnerability in life and relationships…


Make-Up Sex: Turn On or Off? Know Thyself ( and Thy Partner)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Marital problems and make-up sex: Are you still able to enjoy moments of intimacy with your partner even though there are problems in the relationship? Is the quality of sex…


Challenging Your Cognitive Distortions

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: A major component of social anxiety is thinking others are judging or testing you, thinking you will embarrass yourself, thinking you are inadequate compared to the…


Communication for Couples: Focusing on Solvable Problems

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: ways for couples to communicate about solvable problems.  This is for the couple that communicates fairly well most of the time but would…


Coping After An Affair: When Your Suspicions Are Confirmed

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

Coping After An Affair: When Your Suspicions Are Confirmed

If you just found out that your partner had an affair, you likely feel very hurt, angry…


Coping with a Miscarriage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Speak to a counselor in Center City today 267 324 9564

Coping with a Miscarriage: Miscarriage is more common than most people realize, with about 1/3 of…


Creating a Grief Collage

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Creating a Collage to Cope with Grief

Dealing with a loss of a loved one is tough work.  Grieving involves a variety of different emotions such…


Effective Communication: Learning to Listen and Validate

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling in Philadelphia: Effective communication is essential in our relationships.  Unfortunately, communicating effectively during disagreements can be easier said than done.  A common complaint that is heard with couples who…


End of Relationship Anger

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Anger Management in Philadelphia: End of Relationship Anger!  Has your relationship or marriage ended and do you find yourself feeling really angry?  Anger is a very normal emotion to feel…


End of Relationship Anxiety

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

End of Relationship Anxiety: some people do not think about having anxiety feelings when a relationship ends.  Sadness and even depression is…


End of Relationship Depression

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

One of the first emotions people think about when a relationship ends is sadness.  A loss has occurred and most people expect to feel sad for a short period of…


Grieving the Loss of a Relationship

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

You may associate the idea of grieving with a death.  You may be thinking – a relationship or marriage is ending, but no one died.  Why do I feel so…


Identifying When Your Child Could Benefit From Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In our opinion, all children ages 3-11 can benefit from play therapy. Play therapy is designed to be fun! From a child’s perspective, he or she gets…


Premarital Counseling for Same-Sex Couples

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Counseling for same sex coules in Philadelphia.  Call 267-324-9564

While many therapists are “couples counselors” not all couples counselors are trained in all types of couples counseling.  Gay and lesbian couples…


Talking to Your Kid About Going to Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Center City Philadelphia: There are many reasons for seeking play therapy for your child.  Every parent has his or her own specific set of reasons. Regardless of how…


Talking to Your Partner About PTSD

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia / PTSD Recovery in Center City

This tip is for anyone who is recovering from trauma or PTSD and who has a significant other in their life. …


The Benefits of Play Therapy for Parents

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play therapy is designed for children ages 3-11, as play is the way children make sense of their world and express themselves.  The benefits of play therapy for children include developing…


Understanding the Role Your Family of Origin has in the way you Resolve Conflict with a Partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: This genogram tip is designed for individuals in relationships who want to explore their family of origin as one way to learn more about their role in…


How To Nurture Your Relationship

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Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: Showing Your Lover You Care with Actions: How To Nurture Your Relationship

Are you and your partner struggling with intimacy? Do you find you and…


The Self Esteem Workout

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: Increasing confidence and self esteem. 

Self esteem is a measure of how favorable you rate your abilities and value as a…


What is Self-Esteem?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self-Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: What is Self-Esteem? 

Self-esteem is a broad psychological concept that is used to as a measurement of how highly a person rates their…


What is Codependency?

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Center for Growth / Codependency Therapy in Philadelphia:  Codependency 

This tip is to provide you with the typical characteristics of people who struggle with codependency, a brief history of the term…


Play Therapy Interventions for Autism

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Play Therapy in Philadelphia for Autism

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Pervasive Developmental Disorders are a range or “spectrum” of disorders that…


What Does It Mean To Be Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a subcategory of general Personality Disorders. A personality disorder is a…


5 Ways to Fix Communication With Your Partner Today

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Center for Growth / Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: 5 ways to improve communication with your partner TODAY.

Have you recently felt like you and your partner constantly argue…


How is a Personality Disorder Diagnosed? And What Does That Mean?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia

Our personality is a collection of unique behaviors, character traits, beliefs, and attitudes that make up who we are as a person. …


Facebook and Breakups

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Facebook and Breakups

Have you recently broken up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Do you find yourself checking your ex’s (X-boyfriend, X-girlfriend, X-wife, X-husband, X-lover, X-partner) Facebook page daily? Looking for clues through…


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

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Boundaries: Re-framing the concept

The term boundaries means the limits you set with others based on what you feel most comfortable with; this can be physically, emotionally,intellectually, sexually, the list goes…


Psychotherapy and Family History

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Psychotherapy and Family History

Many individuals decide to attend psychotherapy for a number of reasons: anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional affairs, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, conflicts in family or at…


Family Roles: In the Addictive System

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Center for Growth / Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia: Family Roles

In an addictive family system, it is common for the disease to become the central focus within the system. Often all of…


The Addictive Family System

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Center for Growth / Addiction Recovery in Philadelphia:  The Addictive Family SystemGrowing up a part of a family, it’s easy to believe that how you are raised and what you…


Befriending your Ex: When is This Okay?

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Experiencing an unwanted breakup can be a very painful experience, and for some the pain can increase when the one doing the breaking up uses the age-old go-to, “But I…


Letting Go of Expectations

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Opening Yourself Up to More by Letting Go of Expectations

Do you find yourself often disappointed when things don’t go your way? Do you find yourself constantly disappointed by friends…


Examples of Blame-Free Communication

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Center for Growth: Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Examples of Blame-Free Communication

It is common for individuals in Philadelphia to avoid discussing conflict, especially when it involves expressing emotions…


Assertive, Aggressive, and Non-Assertive Communication Styles

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do you feel like you‘re too passive with voicing your needs? Do you get frustrated and feel angry when trying to get people to do what you want? Have you…


New Relationship and Facebook

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Managing a New Relationship in the Land of Facebook

So you began dating someone new, and you’re just a few weeks in and it’s going really well, but then he/she sends…


Separation with Adult Children

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Center for Growth / Separation and Divorce Therapy in Philadelphia

A Parent’s Separation: Through the eyes of an adult child. This is a vignette written by an adult child’s perspective.

Some would…


Blaming and Codependency

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How to avoid blaming when expressing your emotions or reality to friend/partner/coworker, etc

Do you ever struggle to get your point across? Do you find yourself in conflict with a…


How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations

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The use of affirmations can be a powerful tool in generating positive change in your life. The definition of an affirmation is to declare that something is true. Really all…


Having a conversation to assert your boundaries.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

After identifying that you have a boundary that has been crossed it is essential to express your new needs to others. This tip is designed to help…


Quick Boundary Tips

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Once you have Identified Your Boundaries, you are ready to share them with others and express your feelings about the relationship and your boundaries


Redirecting your Post-Wedding Day Blues

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Redirecting your post wedding day blues: Many newlyweds can recall the many bits of advice they received leading up to the wedding day, “Enjoy every moment, the day goes by in…


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


What are Boundaries?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

One of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful tasks within relationships is setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  However, most people don’t realize this until their boundaries have been crossed and…


Wedding Survival Strategies

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Weddings are intended to be a beautiful day allowing those who truly care for a couple to share in a very special moment for two people in love. At times…


Automatic Negative Thoughts and Core Beliefs

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Automatic negative thoughts and core beliefs are the two main roots of anxiety and depression.  People who suffer from anxiety and depression, usually have a maladaptive thought process that…


Maximizing your Pre-Cana experience

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Maximizing your Pre-Cana experience: Pre-Cana is all about you, your partner, and your marriage, so for the entire length of your Pre-Cana class, that is your focus. Prioritize…


Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood When experiences don’t meet our expectations — what we imagined something to be like or feel like—it is a big disappointment. And, when we have…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

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7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Shacking up: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking Up - Should I or Shouldn't I?  So your partner popped the question you’ve been waiting for. Not “the” question, the other question, “will you…


Shacking Up: We decided to move in together, now what?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking up: We decided to move in together, now what? So the two of you sat down, had the painful discussions as recommended in the first tip…


Finding Motivation To Change

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


How to care for yourself after a breakup

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Care For Yourself After A Break-Up All relationship break-ups are difficult; whether you are the one who initiated the ending or the one who was left behind. …


Parenting Strategies for Preschool Kids

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Parenting Strategies for Preschool Kids in Philadelphia and World Wide: Are you at your wits’ end?  Have you no idea how to get your little one to listen?  Do you…


Common Patterns in Women’s Groups for Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are common patterns in women’s groups for emotional eating? * Feeling that one is too needy.* A need to be liked by everyone.* A need to put other people primary.*…


What Stage Of The Problem Are You In?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What stage of the problem are you in? 

Pre-contemplation (what stage of the problem)

You do not believe that there is an actual problem. Thus, you are not ready to consider…


Childhood Depression

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Childhood Depression

Depression is the single most common mental health problem in adults and is becoming increasingly more common in children and teens.  An estimated 5 percent of children and teens…


What is Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Philadelphia : Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on the natural language of children, the language of play.  Therapists use various play materials to…


Anorexia and Substance Abuse

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia and substance abuse treatment in Philadelphia.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE occurs in (12-18%) of Anorexics. However, most Anorexic patients with a Substance Abuse problem are in the Binging/Purging subtype not the Restricting…


Common Patterns of People with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Common tendencies of people with Bulimia Nervosa:

* Irritability* Low self esteem ( self esteem workout)* A self critical nature* Impulsivity* Difficulty managing stress* Anxiety* Difficulty with intimate relationships*


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Personality disorders are Patterns of behavior that are pervasive, pathological, and persistent.  The behaviors present by late adolescence or early adulthood. Personality Disorders Commonly…


Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with this personality avoid situations due to their social…


Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

*  High reward dependence:  People with high reward dependence tend to be compassionate and social.  They can be sensitive, intuitive, and empathetic to the…


The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia - remember these behaviors are not acceptable but they are part of the illness.  Separate the illness from how you love the…


Prepare for Motherhood Class

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Pregnancy Class: Prepare for Motherhood Class / Group - Now Forming

Are you the only one you know who is pregnant?  Do you want to make friends with other women who will…


Eating Disorder Voice

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - The Eating Disorder Voice The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.  They can become extremely nervous when they do not know their exact…


In the Mind of Someone With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In the mind of someone with anorexia: people with Anorexia often report the illness give them an identity, a sense of pride, and a feeling that they are unique… …


Personality Profiles Associated With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Personality Profiles often associated with Anorexia Nervosa

While Anorexia Nervosa can affect anyone, eighty percent of all people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa are females between the ages of 1…


Temperamental Traits Associated With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is there a certain personality profile associated with people who are Anorexic? Yes there is.

* Low novelty seeking:  This indicates that a person does not have a desire to seek…


Treatment for Anorexia in Adolescence

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recommendations for treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in AdolescenceIf your child is under 18 and has had the Eating Disorder of Anorexia for less than three years than I would highly…


When You Give Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

                              Codependency Therapy In Philadelphia

When You Give Too Much - Helping Individuals Regain Equality in Their…


Will This Relationship Last

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Will this relationship last? Relationship and Marital Problems: The answer is simple, it all depends upon how determined each individual is to make the relationship work. If two people want…


Working Towards Healing After a Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Working Towards Healing After a Loss developing a plan of action

First and foremost, acknowledge your loss. Recognize that your life, your activities, your…


Improving Relationships

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Improving Relationships - Requires Taking Action depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a…


Speaking Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Speaking Up: men and women have been equal in modern America for several decades. They can work the same jobs, take the same roles in military and politics, and they…


Unwanted Advice

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy in Philadelphia : Ways to Handle Unwanted Advice

During pregnancy, you might have noticed that random strangers started smiling more at you. The majority of people treat…


Ways to Improve Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Self-Esteem Therapy Philadelphia

Ways to improve self esteem: Each day take a few minutes and tell yourself that you are important. Remind yourself that no one is perfect. Everyone is a…


Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Sexual Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia

What is a sexual addiction? We believe sexual addictions are best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual actions and…


Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much: a power imbalance in a relationship does not mean that your partner is being overly demanding or abusive! When a relationship goes from…


Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth /Stress Therapy in Philadelphia 

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life. 

The psychological signs and symptoms of stress:

* The tendency to…


Coping with a passive aggressive partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and Deal with a Passive Aggressive Partner - Learning to Read Between the Lines

How women can recognize and deal with a passive aggressive partner: While not everyone can say exactly…


handling unhelpful friends after the arrival of baby

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Handling unhelpful friends and family after the birth of a baby: develop a strategy with your partner about ways to handle unhelpful friends and family. Then, while interfacing with the…


Is it Low Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is it low self-esteem? Therapy in Philadelphia: How to recognize and come to terms with low self- esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.

Everybody has bad…


Knowing When Its More Than Worry

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anxiety and Panic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - Knowing When It’s More Than Worry We all feel nervous sometimes – before speaking in public, when getting ready to invite…


Letting Go On Your Own Terms

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Personal honor rituals - Letting Go On Your Own Terms: losing someone you love is heartbreaking. Grieving is a challenge, grieving well is even harder…


Our philosophy about Pregnancy Childbirth and the First Year

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Our philosophy about Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year: pregnancy before during and postpartum: Life will never be the same as you new it. You can’t go back. Parenthood is…


Parenting Your ADHD Child

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Pareningt your ADHD Child / Therapy in Philadelphia: When your child receives a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or it’s quieter cousin, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) you, as a…


Positive Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Positive Thinking to Counteract Low Self Esteem

Looking Up - How to use positive thinking to counteract low self-esteem - Low self-esteem is an emotional epidemic in modern America. Every year…


Positive Thinking Techniques

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Postive Thinking Techniques

* Before you can use positive thinking, you must learn to recognize negative thinking, and that can take a little work. We live in…


Practicing Fair Fighting

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Practicing Fair Fighting Techniques

Step one:

* After listening to your partner’s position, summarize what she said. In your summary, withhold your perspective. To help you do a better summary, start off…


Protecting yourself from your partners anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth - Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia - Protecting Yourself from Your Partner’s Anxiety - Having a loved one with anxiety is not easy. Living with that loved one can…


Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce Children are the most innocent victims of divorce. They become of the center of battles over child custody, support and visitation. Divorce changes…


Reasons Spouses Cheat

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Reasons Spouses Cheat she cheated and broke your heart. Or maybe you’re the one who cheated and broke hers. WHY do husbands and wives cheat? And why don’t they just…


Resolving an Argument

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Therapy in Philadelphia : Fair Fighting Techniques - Resolving an argument

Successfully resolving an argument requires: 

* Bringing the issue up in the moment. By stating what is happening in the moment…


How To Speak Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How to Speak Up / How to Regain the Equality in Your Relationship – A Guide for Men Addressing the Problem: All healthy relationships involve sacrifice and give-and-take, but sometimes…


Death of a Spouse

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Death of a Spouse: few events in life are as painful as the death of a spouse. Half of all married couples will experience this loss at some point in…


Determining if your Relationship is Worth Saving

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Determining if Your Relationship is Worth Saving?: to determine if your relationship is worth saving ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you like your partner?* Do you like your partner’s…


Extramarital Affair

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Extramarital Affair Counseling / Therapy: have you or your partner had an extramarital affair? If so, you are not alone. In the majority of long-term relationships, at least one person…


Fear of Infidelity

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Fear of Infidelity: every couple, at some point, faces the fear of infidelity. No matter how strong the relationship, each of us has grappled with the green-eyed…


Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia / Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia: Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

Anger after loss: It’s normal to be mad at the person who died. They left you…


Hidden Hostility

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Hidden Hostility - Uncovering Passive Aggression passive aggression is characterized by procrastination, an inability to say no, insecurity, being covertly obstructive to unwanted people or ideas…


Couples and Money

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Couples & Money (for people with shared bank accounts) Now that you are married or in a long-term relationship, your significant other’s style of spending can…


Children and Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Children and Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia: Children can be traumatized by the tragic events they see reported on the news or that happen in their own lives, such as…


Breaking the Habit of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breaking the habit of giving too much depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, and your partner’s level of willingness to work with you, you may want…


Breastfeeding Versus Formula

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breastfeeding versus Formula: Breastfeeding or formula, what to do? That is the question that many new moms struggle with. Most women, when imagining what life will be like when they are…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional eating: like all types of disordered eating, emotional eating is more common among women than men… It is estimated that 75% of overeating is due to emotional stress. Emotional…


Emotional Eating Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional Eating Quiz: to determine if you are an emotional eater, ask yourself the following questions

* 1) Do you eat food instead of processing negative or overwhelming emotions?* 2)…


Perfectionist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perfectionist: perfectionism is more than just setting high standards and working hard to achieve goals. Perfectionism is the idea that if something is not perfect or ideal, than it is…


Processing Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.


All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to…


All Kinds of Grief

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: All Kinds of Grief

Grief comes in many shapes and sizes. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the grieving process, and there…


About Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Loss Therapy in Philadelphia: 

Loss: Lost your job, your home, a loved one, a beloved pet? There are many forms of loss, and all are felt individually on a very personal…


Accepting Your Partners Limitations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

No one is perfect. Everyone has their limitations. This is becomes especially important as we choose our partners. The question is - what limitations can you accept and which ones can…


When to End a Relationship

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

When to End a Relationship - Is your relationship worth saving? While most people will have an opinion about whether you and your partner should stay together, ultimately, the answer…