Excerpt: “When meeting a partner’s family for the first time, it naturally can be a stressful, sometimes overwhelming experience which is why is it critical that you and your partner are in agreement about important aspects of your relationship,” explains Los Angeles-based psychologist, Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. “Meeting the family often means that the partner sees the relationship as a serious one, in which he or she feels in love and may see a future together. Meeting the family can be the first step the partner takes in starting to formally integrate you into his or her family.” Read what Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a relationship therapist in Los Angeles, has to say on ravishly.com’s “Important Conversations To Have With Your Partner Before Meeting The Family.”Read More
Excerpt: While seeing your partner down in the dumps may inspire you to do all that you can to raise their spirits, resist the urge to bake their favorite cake or grab a few bottles of their go-to liquor. According to Los Angeles therapist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help alleviate symptoms. “Taking care of yourself can help lower some of the depressive symptoms and increase self-satisfaction, self-esteem, and a sense of having some control over the SAD,” she says. “Periodically remind your significant other to eat healthy and appropriate amounts of food, drink enough water, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and connect with loved ones, including you, for emotional support.” Read what Los Angeles therapist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. has to say on marthastewartweddings.com’s “5 Ways To Help Your Partner Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder.”Read More
Excerpt: “Whether you find yourself in unnecessary tiffs with colleagues or always feel the need to apologize to friends or to your partner, improving your communication skills to be more direct and effective will benefit your overall social interactions for years to come. To begin, Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., suggests starting with a minor modification to the way you approach sentences. Instead of starting with “you,” use “I” instead. “This sounds more pleasant to listen to and is less likely to cause defensiveness in the recipient of the message,” she says. Another tactic is to decrease ambiguity and vagueness in your conversations, by giving specific details that are important, without being accusatory or martyr-like. As an example, Thomas says, if you need someone’s help, you might say, “I wanted to pick up all the party favors at our local party store. However, I don’t really have time to get these or IRead More
Excerpt: “There’s a more effective way to air grievances than to file an angry complaint. Sandwich your negative comment between two positives. If you want to complain about how he’s always late, for example, try something like “You know, I love that you’re so laid-back and easygoing, but it really bothers me when you show up so late. I’m sure you can still be the fun guy I adore and be on time.” Said Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D.” Read the rest of what relationship therapist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., has to say on Dolphnote.com’s “13 Relationship Tips.” Thomas is a licensed relationship therapist in Los Angeles.Read More
EXCERPT: If you find yourself posting lovey-dovey photos of you and your partner on social media, only to then see that they strictly post photos of just themselves, something might be up. “If your significant other only posts about himself or herself for a while which can indicate your partner is living a more separate life and may be feeling increasingly disconnected from you,” says Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist. Find that social media is your go-to spot to say and post whatever you feel, whenever you want? Beware if your significant other is starting to roll their eyes more often about your posts. “If your significant other is primarily being critical of you and not positive or at least neutral on his or her postings which could be a passive-aggressive sign of your partner’s dissatisfaction with you that he and she hasn’t expressed enough or at all to you,”Read More
Excerpt: “A relationship can be less interesting if one or both members of the couple do not put in enough time, attention, and/or affection which can leave an effect of feeling unimportant, more impersonal, and disconnected from the other,” explains Los Angeles-based psychologist, Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. “In addition, a relationship can be less interesting if it is more routine and lacks some spontaneity and newness. If the relationship stops growing and broadening, the feelings of excitement, romance, and passion can get decreased more and more over time.” Read what Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. has to say on askmen.com’s “How To Keep A Relationship Interesting.”Read More
Excerpt: A lot of people think that falling in love is what it’s all about — but staying in love can be way trickier. But a lot of it comes down to focusing on the little things your partner does that still light you up. “Positive thinking can increase how much love you have for your partner for several reasons,” Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles based psychologist, tells Bustle. “First of all, if you are already thinking positively in general, you are much more likely to notice and appreciate those qualities in your partner that you love rather than take these characteristics for granted or overlook them. Also, if you typically tend to engage in positive thinking, you are likely to be a more open-hearted person in general, as well as towards your partner than someone who tends to be more of a negative or even neutral kind of thinker.” Read what Los Angeles psychologist YvonneRead More
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Excerpt: ” Remember, however, that being unsure isn’t all bad. “If uncertain feelings are creeping in, you’re taking your job as a mom with a lot of responsibility,” says Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles. “By recognizing the paramount effect you have for shaping your child’s personality, self-esteem, and physical well-being, you’re taking the first step to being a great mom.” Read what Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. has to say on mycity4kids.com’s “Is your self-esteem down the dumps since you became a mother? You are not alone!“Read More