THE RELATIONSHIP BLOG
I haven't seen any extra money for mental health. But if that promise every comes through I think a good place to spend it would be hiring enough full time counselors in the school system to offer all kids free counseling. I would also like these counselors to be mentors to these kids. Because I, as a mental health counselor, know that kids do not open up and the teacher, who probably has a better idea who may need this service, should be a good referral source. But because we want no kid left behind, we want all kids to seek counseling and mentorship from a licensed counselor.
I love Valentine's Day. It is the time of year to kindle or rekindle love. What an opportunity! Couples, don't blow it.
If there is conflict in your relationship, poor communication is the primary issue. Most of the time in investigating the couples communication pattern, the partners will complain that they are not listened to or heard. A lot of times I will hear from one or both of the partners that they don't even try to communicate anymore. It is like why bother, "I'm not going to be heard and all I do is get angry and frustrated so I have learned to pick my battles or shut up." I hear this more times than not.