Divorce and the Family Relationship Process

Divorce and the Family Relationship Process

Bridging Emotional Cutoff from a Former Spouse “And you may ask yourself -Well…How did I get here? And you may ask yourself How do I work this?” — Talking Heads — Once In A Lifetime I can sense the exasperated sighs, see the rolled eyes, ears, nose and mouth, and…

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In the Best Interests of the Children

In the Best Interests of the Children

Problems with a “Child-Focused” Approach What would it take to sit with one’s own anxiety rather than passing it along to someone else? How often do we as parents make projects out of our children when we’d be better off making projects of our relationships and ourselves? In “We Don’t…

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Conscious Uncoupling

Conscious Uncoupling

It’s Not About Gwyneth Paltrow
(It’s Not Even About Katherine Woodward Thomas)

—- and there is nothing new under the sun
— Kohelet 1:9

‘Conscious Uncoupling’ is not a new concept one. Twenty years ago Constance Ahrons, in her book The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart told the following anecdote:

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Houston, We Have a Problem

Failure to Launch Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in Anthem — Leonard Cohen As we send our adolescent children back to high school and college, or struggle with our young adult children to help them develop emotional and financial independence,…

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The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation

The “sandwich generation”, comprised of those who are caring for both children and elderly parents at the same time, can now extend throughout two or even three generations. Couples and individuals at age 40, 60 or 80 may find themselves caring for at least two other generations at the same time

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The Day After Mother’s Day

The Day After Mother’s Day

Family… connects us Heart to Heart and reminds us we are part of something very Special — A Mother’s Day Card for Remarried Families Did Mother’s Day not bring the joy you hoped for or expected? Were the people you would have liked to have been there for your celebration…

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The Emotional Divorce

The Emotional Divorce

Coaching for a good emotional divorce: disconnecting from the marriage in a functional way Divorce is a detour on the road map of the family career, an unexpected and off schedule process of family change. In her book The Good Divorce, Constance Ahrons describes the process of the Emotional Divorce…

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Becoming an Adult: Leaving Home and Staying Connected

Becoming an Adult: Leaving Home and Staying Connected

Becoming an Adult: Leaving Home and Staying Connected is the first stage in Carter & McGoldrick’s formulation of The Expanded Family Life Cycle. This Family Life Cycle transition can be described as beginning with the adolescent’s “identity crisis” and continuing with the transition to college and young adulthood. Some young…

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“Next to Normal” – See This Play

“Next to Normal” – See This Play

Last Thursday, July 12th, I was privileged, in conjunction with Andrew Calderaro, founder and director of Courage Long Island, Inc. to be invited to attend a rehearsal and meet the cast, crew and director of the Cultural Arts Playhouse’s production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play “Next…

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Bowen Family Systems Coaching


Bowen Family Systems Coaching with Ronald B Cohen, MD is the treatment of choice for complicated relationship problems and intergenerational conflicts. Include the whole family in resolving and improving what is going on right NOW! When the entire family works to make the difficult journey together, the results are almost magical.
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If you are experiencing family relationship problems and distress, don’t treat all therapists alike. Look for a Family Therapist who has had specific training, is comfortable with emotional intensity and will offer clear direction to help resolve identified problems. Ronald B. Cohen, MD works with the whole family in a manner that can save you time and be more cost effective than equal doses of individual therapy.
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