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Expert advice for keeping the romance alive after having a baby

Stephanie Manes, LCSW, Esq.
Psychotherapist for couples, families and adults
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Moving in together: How to effectively socialize pets

Dr. Cathy Alinovi
Owner and Holistic Veterinarian
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Express your love on Valentine's Day without spending money

Jude Bijou MA MFT
Psychotherapist and Award-winning Author
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Should you change your name after marriage?

Danielle Tate
Founder & CEO
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How to repair and heal your marriage after a spouse cheats

Mary Kelly Blakeslee, Ph.D.
Retired Psychologist
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All couples fight, so learn how to fight fair and resolve conflict

Marianne Oehser
Certified Relationship Coach and Educator
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An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship

Marianne Oehser
Certified Relationship Coach and Educator
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Marriage and Couples

Being in a relationship can often be hard work, but when both parties can learn to compromise, work together and focus on being happy together, both of your lives will be filled with love and prosperity. In order to help you navigate through the difficult times, and help your partnership whether married or just looking to be a happy couple, look to ExpertBeacon’s relationship professionals, family therapists, and marriage counselors for the advice you need. We can provide you with advice for both men and women, no matter your age or problem, so that you can be sure you and your partner are on the same page and stay that way.

Expert advice for keeping the romance alive after having a baby

Let’s face it - the birth of a child can feel like death to your sex life, at least in the short term. For some couples, the effort to keep any kind of romance alive starts to feel like a battle against an army of forces hell bent on knocking out any and all intimate connection they had once enjoyed. Hormones, the physical aftermath, breastfeeding, sleeplessness, stress… and that is only the beginning. So what, if anything, can new parents do to keep romance alive?

Stephanie Manes, LCSW, Esq.Psychotherapist for couples, families and adults

Stephanie Manes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in with extensive experience and training in Individual, Couples and Family Therapy. She received her MSW from New York University School of Social Work and completed post-graduate certificati...

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What to do if your fiance says no when you propose

You’ve waited all your life for this moment. Spent months planning the proposal, spent your life savings on the ring, and it all comes down to this one question, “Will you marry me?” A question you probably only want to ask once in your lifetime.

So what happens if the answer is “No.”? Did you prepare for this rejection?

Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to help you if your fiance ends up saying no when you propose.

Mara OppermanCo-Founder

Mara Opperman is a relationship etiquette expert, consulting both engaged and married couples, counseling with breakups and advising men on how to propose -- from purchasing the ring, to popping the question and what to do if she says “no.” To d...

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Express your love on Valentine's Day without spending money

It’s easy to get stumped about what to do to express yourself for Valentine's Day. Many people express anxiety about the love day.

Don't focus on what others’ are going to do or buy to show their honey that they are special. Instead, think of it as an occasion to honor your love, and to convey how much you value, respect, and admire him or her. With that as your goal, celebrating this holiday is actually very easy, and it won't cost you a penny.

Here are some tips to make this a wonderful Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one.

Jude Bijou MA MFTPsychotherapist and Award-winning Author

Jude Bijou MA MFT is a respected psychotherapist, professional educator, and workshop leader. Her theory of Attitude Reconstruction® evolved over the course of more than 30 years working with clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist. ...

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How to repair and heal your marriage after a spouse cheats

Infidelity is often considered the greatest of betrayals: a betrayal of trust, the relationship, and the marriage. For some, it is too much and the marriage is over. Some spouses are more forgiving and hold on to the marriage and its benefits, including security and an intact family because, for them, those benefits are more important than the broken vows. In other words, either the pain of the betrayal or the pain of the losses is too much to bear.

Mary Kelly Blakeslee, Ph.D.Retired Psychologist

I am a recently retired Psychologist. I had a private practice since 1985, first in Springfield, then Summit New Jersey. My practice consisted of individual and couples therapy, with adolescents and adults, covering issues of depression and anxi...

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How can married couples thrive when one partner has adult ADHD?

Does your relationship seem plagued by broken promises, chronic distraction and anger? Do you or your partner often feel lonely or disconnected? Has one of you taken to nagging the other in an effort to get things done? Does it feel as if no matter how hard you work on your relationship, things don’t seem to get better?

Melissa OrlovMarriage Consultant

Melissa Orlov is the author of the award-winning book, The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) and, The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014) and is considered one of the foremost authorities on ADHD and relationships. A marriage consultant, ...

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Improve your marriage and relationship through better communication

Marianne Oehser Certified Relationship Coach and Educator Between Two Hearts, LLC

Sadly too many marriages slide down the slippery slope of neglect. Couples get lost in their hectic lives, lose track of what is happening in their partner’s life, and slowly drift apart. Reestablishing a safe and open channel for communication can be a life-line for the relationship.

Marianne OehserCertified Relationship Coach and Educator

Marianne Oehser is a Certified Relationship Coach focused on helping people who are going through mid-life transitions – retirement, empty-nest, single again. She earned her certification at the Relationship Coaching Institute which special...

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Plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your wife or girlfriend

Andrea Syrtash Dating & relationships expert and author Cheat on your Husband (With Your Husband)

Valentine’s Day can to be one pricey holiday for men. To make your sweetheart feel special, there’s pressure to spend big bucks on fancy gifts and an overpriced date. But, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need deep pockets to be her Valentine hero.

Andrea SyrtashDating & relationships expert and author

Author of the new book, Its Ok to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked and Cheat on Your Husband (With Your Husband), Syrtash’s deep insights have been widely sourced by a variety of media, inc...

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How to create the perfect marriage and avoid divorce

Much like when baking a cake or cooking a fancy dinner, the right ingredients or the wrong combination can make all the difference in the dish that you bring to the table and serve to your family. In the same respect, what we put into our marriage is exactly how it will turn out whether bitter or sweet. There is positively a right and wrong way in which to cook up a marriage where the outcomes of your relationship will be vastly different. Here is a list of advice that if applied can be as simple as pie to follow and enjoy together as husband and wife.

Marcella Talignani, LCSWLicensed Psychotherapist

Marcella Talignani is a psychotherapist practicing in Brooklyn, New York. She has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is an MSW, LMSW, LCSW. She specializes in treating a very diverse population of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. She is a...

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Create meaningful relations by nurturing fulfillment and intimacy

Sustaining intimacy and fulfillment in a romantic relationship can be challenging. Often, couples find themselves lacking true connection with each other as the daily routine of their lives take over. Intimacy is a creation that has to be tended to and cultivated. When we take time to consciously connect, we find that intimacy blossoms and our relationships become more fulfilling and rewarding.

Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental WeaverDr. Elsbeth Meuth and Mr. Freddy Zental Weaver

Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver are the authors of Sexual Enlightenment: How to Create Lasting Fulfillment in Life, Love and Intimacy. They have assisted more than ten thousand couples and singles in rekindling and expanding their lov...

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Great first wedding anniversary gift ideas for your husband

Your first anniversary is a very special time, and you want to buy your husband something that is also special, as well as sentimental. It can be challenging to find the perfect gift. Jewelry, which is essential for today’s stylish man, is a wonderful gesture of love. Consider these following tips on what jewelry, or what complements to jewelry, can serve as the ideal gift for your husband on your first anniversary.

Lee Raymond JosephsonPartner/Vice President

Lee Raymond Josephson, vice president and partner of Raymond Lee Jewelers, is a shining example of success resulting only from hard work. Lee is the second generation of self-made men. His father, Jeff Josephson, built the now 30-year-old Raymon...

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Do you tell your fiancee that you don't love the engagement ring?

You love the person. You dislike the ring. Rings are a very personal choice—a very personal choice that someone else may have made for you and yet you have to wear it for the rest of your life. So what do you do? Here is some expert advice that will help you down the road, to the aisle of matrimony.

Mara OppermanCo-Founder

Mara Opperman is a relationship etiquette expert, consulting both engaged and married couples, counseling with breakups and advising men on how to propose -- from purchasing the ring, to popping the question and what to do if she says “no.” To d...

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Maintaining sexual and emotional intimacy is vital for parents

Marne Wine Licensed Professional Counselor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Marne Wine, LPC, P.C.

Many couples--if not most--struggle to maintain sexual and emotional intimacy in their relationship once children arrive in their lives. There are many reasons for this, and it can be a challenge to turn this doom-and-gloom train around. However, there is hope. Making just a few small changes can make a big difference in the lives of parents.

Marne WineLicensed Professional Counselor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Marne is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in relationship and intimacy counseling, in Denver, CO. Although Marne works with a variety of individual and couple’s issues, her primary emphasis is on sexual health. She has been trai...

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Expert advice on meditation and how it can improve your relationship

Bill Farr Author, "The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships" www.TheArtofUnity.com

More and more people are realizing the benefits of meditation and finding spirituality in their own way. Becoming more in tune with spiritually doesn’t always mean enormous life changes, it can include just becoming more in touch with appreciation of the moment you are in and all that it offers you, or what is known as mindfulness.

Bill FarrAuthor, "The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships"

Billy Farr is the author of, “The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships,” a wellness coach, an instructor in various forms of martial arts and meditation and a former kickboxing champion and professional Argentine Tango dancer. As...

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Save your relationship with an experienced marriage counselor

Todd Creager Marriage and Sex Therapist Todd Creager Center for Successful Relationships

Picking a marriage counselor is serious business. Marriages are precious to each partner as well as other family members such as children. When they are in trouble, it is so important to get the right person who has the best chance of helping the couple through their dilemma. How can you know who is the right marriage counselor? What questions should you ask? What are the most important things to focus on when choosing a marriage professional?

Todd CreagerMarriage and Sex Therapist

I am a psychotherapist in private practice for 30 years who has assessed and successfully treated couples and individuals. I did an intensive post graduate program from 1991-1992 through the UCLA School of Medicine in Human Sexuality. I am also ...

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Parents can still have a romantic relationship while raising kids

It is not news to many parents that keeping romance alive can seem daunting, if not impossible. Scarcity of time, increased stress, decrease in physical and emotional connection all seem to conspire against finding your partner where you seemed to have left off when the relationship was still electric. The truth is that the challenge to capture romance in the time of parenting is complex, multi-determined, and there are few one-size-fits-all quick fixes. But don’t despair, here is some expert advice that will increase the odds of romance.

Stephanie Manes, LCSW, Esq.Psychotherapist for couples, families and adults

Stephanie Manes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in with extensive experience and training in Individual, Couples and Family Therapy. She received her MSW from New York University School of Social Work and completed post-graduate certificati...

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Get help if you are unsure of your marriage or relationship

You have been married for many years. You begin to recognize that you are not as happy as you used to be. You start examining the pros and cons of the relationship. Your partner has many pluses and a few chunky negatives. You are unsure of what to do. Follow this advice for some good ideas about your next steps.

Jeffrey M. BrandlerEdS CAS SAP

Jeffrey M. Brandler, EdS CAS SAP Jeffrey M. Brandler has worked with individuals, couples and families for the past 29 years. He has worked in hospitals and agencies, and for the past 22 years has maintained a successful private practice in ...

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The dos and don’ts of fighting with your spouse

Conflict happens. Even in the healthiest relationship at some point it’s inevitable that one or both of you will do something to trigger a fight. So how should you handle the hot water when the kettle boils over? Here are four “Dos and four “Don’ts that will help you to avoid being scalded by the heat of anger and recrimination.

Alan C. FoxAuthor

Alan C. Fox is the author of PEOPLE TOOLS FOR LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS, as well as two other bestselling People Tools books. He is a real estate investor, philanthropist, mentor, and founder of Rattle poetry journal. Visit www.peopletoolsbook.co...

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Moving in together: How to effectively socialize pets

Very often, our pets are our first children. And, just as two-legged children need to be introduced, so do the four-legged. With calmness, neutral territory, and safety zones, multiple animal households can be safely merged. When bringing home another dog, cat, or other animal, it is important that you do so with care if you have other animals in your home as well. Consider this advice when introducing a new shared living situation with your pets and your partner’s.

Dr. Cathy AlinoviOwner and Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM — author, speaker, and retired integrative veterinarian — knew she wanted to be an animal doctor at nine years old. She began her veterinary education at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and also holds a Master of...

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Should you change your name after marriage?

Hyphenate, take two last names without a hyphen, add a maiden name to a middle name, replace a middle name with a maiden name, take a spouse’s last name or don’t change at all. These are a sampling of the name change options faced by the 2.3 million new couples married in the United States each year.

Danielle TateFounder & CEO

As a successful entrepreneur, Danielle is a name change expert, writer, author of a top rated Google newlywed blog and a bridal magazine contributor. It was a 13-hour struggle to change her name after getting married in 2005 that prompted Daniel...

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All couples fight, so learn how to fight fair and resolve conflict

Marianne Oehser Certified Relationship Coach and Educator Between Two Hearts, LLC

All couples fight. It’s not whether you argue, but how you go about it when you do argue that matters. Conflict in a relationship is normal because a marriage is the union of two individuals who bring different personalities and different needs into the relationship. Unfortunately, most of us have not learned how to fight well. We learned how to either avoid the conflict or escalate it, but not how to resolve it.

Marianne OehserCertified Relationship Coach and Educator

Marianne Oehser is a Certified Relationship Coach focused on helping people who are going through mid-life transitions – retirement, empty-nest, single again. She earned her certification at the Relationship Coaching Institute which special...

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An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship

Marianne Oehser Certified Relationship Coach and Educator Between Two Hearts, LLC

“If only we could get away from this rat-race for a while, our relationship would be better.”

If you have ever thought that would help your relationship, then you are quite right. Spending quality time alone with your partner can be one of the biggest gifts you can give each other and your relationship. It doesn’t matter whether it is a weekend getaway at a nearby Bed & Breakfast, or an adventure to somewhere you have never been. What does matter is doing something with the goal of enjoying each other and reconnecting. 

Marianne OehserCertified Relationship Coach and Educator

Marianne Oehser is a Certified Relationship Coach focused on helping people who are going through mid-life transitions – retirement, empty-nest, single again. She earned her certification at the Relationship Coaching Institute which special...

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How to put the sizzle in your sex life regardless of your age

Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist, Author, Speaker, National Radio and Television Expert Guest and Radi ASK BEATTY: Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW

No matter your age, you deserve to have a healthy sex life. But before you can have a healthy sex life, you have to be in a good place emotionally, psychologically, and physically. Ensuring that you and your partner are healthy will help to strengthen your relationship as a married or unmarried couple, and improve the quality of life for the both of you. Asking a sex therapist or medical professional that specializes in sexual health is a good option to consider if you and your mate are having problems in the bedroom.

Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSWPsychotherapist, Sex Therapist, Author, Speaker, National Radio and Television Expert Guest and Radi

I am a nationally recognized psychotherapist, sex therapist, co-author of For Better, For Worse, Forever: Discover the Path to Lasting Love, national speaker and national radio and television expert guest. I host a live ASK BEATTY radio show on ...

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Tips to ensure parenting does not interfere with your marriage

Aaron Anderson Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist The Marriage and Family Clinic

Many couples find their marriage struggling after they have kids. In fact, research shows a sharp decline in marital satisfaction after children are born. But that doesn’t mean you are destined to have bad marriage until your children leave home. In fact, a lot of couples still enjoy a great marriage, even though they still have several children living in the house. The trick is to identify ways to still connect together as a couple, while not letting your role as parents get in the way.

Aaron Anderson Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Aaron Anderson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO. He also writes for several publications online and in print all on the topic of marriages, families and men. In his spare time ...

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Understand the 4C's and get the best value when buying a diamond

Whether you are buying a diamond for your girlfriend of a year or wife of 40 years, it’s important to have some knowledge of these sparkling gems before you make your purchase. With proper preparation and understanding, you can certainly dazzle your special lady with the perfect diamond.

Lee Raymond JosephsonPartner/Vice President

Lee Raymond Josephson, vice president and partner of Raymond Lee Jewelers, is a shining example of success resulting only from hard work. Lee is the second generation of self-made men. His father, Jeff Josephson, built the now 30-year-old Raymon...

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Fostering strong connections is essential to family well-being

Many couples find themselves sliding into ruts of disconnection. While this can happen in small ways, extended periods of time feeling disconnected from the person you love can have a profound impact on your well-being and the longevity of your relationship. Getting reconnected doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This article provides suggestions for small things you can do to foster more connection in your relationship.

Rachel B. Alpert, LCSW, CSTCouples Counselor & Certified Sex Therapist

Rachel Alpert, LCSW, CST is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Pursuing her passion of providing couples counseling and sex therapy services to individuals and couples, Rachel sees clients in her private pract...

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Parents can rekindle their intimacy to create a strong marriage

Let’s face it, most parents with young children do not make sex a top priority. However, sex is usually the one thing that differentiates us from our other relationships. And if that part of your relationship starts to slip, it is extremely difficult to function on many other levels.

Deborah Rubin, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker Individual and Couple's Therapy

Deborah Rubin is a licensed clinical social worker residing in Boulder, Colorado. She has worked with adults and adolescents for 13 years in numerous therapeutic job settings as well as sexual health education. Having completed undergraduate wo...

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Emotionally connect to make it a good relationship and marriage

Marianne Oehser Certified Relationship Coach and Educator Between Two Hearts, LLC

What happens in a relationship when the connection is lost? When a loved one is emotionally unavailable or unresponsive, we tend to feel anger, sadness, hurt, and most of all fear. As human beings, we all long for evidence that we are understood and cared about. This is especially true in the significant relationships in our lives.

Marianne OehserCertified Relationship Coach and Educator

Marianne Oehser is a Certified Relationship Coach focused on helping people who are going through mid-life transitions – retirement, empty-nest, single again. She earned her certification at the Relationship Coaching Institute which special...

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Get the love you want in your relationship with help from a therapist

Did you ever imagine on your wedding day that you would one day end up on a therapist’s couch in one, five, or fifteen years discussing the most intimate details of your sex life, your financial debt, your inadequacies, and all the things you can’t stand about your partner? Well, imagine it. With the divorce rate in the US at an estimated all-time high, 50%, it’s either you or your best friend headed for doomsville.

Dr. Francine LedererClinical Psychologist

Dr. Francine Lederer is a Clinical Psychologist, and is known by many as the Life Transitions Specialist®. She is the Founder of LA Talk Therapy and specializes in working with new mothers, couples, caregivers and major life transitions. Dr. Led...

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Expert advice for a strong and passionate marriage and relationship

Todd Creager Marriage and Sex Therapist Todd Creager Center for Successful Relationships

We fall in love and everything is wonderful. But sooner or later, we learn that leaving our marriage on autopilot doesn’t work too well. We need strengthen our marriage by paying attention to what each partner needs and to stretch ourselves to meet those needs. Yes, marriage essentially is asking us to be more and better than what we were before. With that mindset, we have a chance at a long, passionate marriage. Let’s look at some expert advice to help strengthen your marriage.

Todd CreagerMarriage and Sex Therapist

I am a psychotherapist in private practice for 30 years who has assessed and successfully treated couples and individuals. I did an intensive post graduate program from 1991-1992 through the UCLA School of Medicine in Human Sexuality. I am also ...

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Admitting when you are wrong supports a healthy relationship

Bill Farr Author, "The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships" www.TheArtofUnity.com

In an intimate relationship, although most people know it’s better to not always be right, admitting you are wrong is never easy to do.

A couple’s ability to give up their self-righteousness defines their relationship. That means that if either person in the relationship is stuck in their position much of the time, the relationship will suffer. If both partners are easily able to come off their position and see that they are not always right, letting go of their side, the relationship will prosper.

Bill FarrAuthor, "The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships"

Billy Farr is the author of, “The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships,” a wellness coach, an instructor in various forms of martial arts and meditation and a former kickboxing champion and professional Argentine Tango dancer. As...

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Date night is a must for parents to ensure a healthy relationship

Most people agree in theory that date night is an important ritual for parents, but making it a reality can be a lot tougher. Here are some suggestions that will help you and your mate avoid common traps that stop many couples before they even get started and help you get the most of your time you set aside for your relationship. When done right, date night really can be the royal road to reconnect with your mate!

Stephanie Manes, LCSW, Esq.Psychotherapist for couples, families and adults

Stephanie Manes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in with extensive experience and training in Individual, Couples and Family Therapy. She received her MSW from New York University School of Social Work and completed post-graduate certificati...

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