Divorce, Compassion & Howard Stern

You might be surprised to know that I’m a huge Howard Stern fan. I have been for years. In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Howard talks extensively about how going to therapy has helped him in life. (You might have seen me share the article on my Facebook and Instagram pages.) I’ve always appreciated...

Healing from Infidelity: Part Two

Last Monday, we introduced the first phase of Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity, called the Crisis Phase. Today, we’re going to learn about phase two, which is called the Making Meaning Phase. This phase happens whenever we’re able to see through our emotions. There’s no timeline for this, so please don’t hurry yourself. It’ll happen...

Healing from Infidelity: Part Three

This is the final article in our three-part series about Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity phases. If you’re just joining me, you can read about Phase One here and Phase Two here. It recap, I’d like to share with one of my favorite quotes from her book The State of Affairs about Phases 1 and...

Healing from Infidelity: Part One

February isn’t all hearts and chocolates for everyone. If you’re one of the many who are dealing with the fallout of a partner’s affair, it can be downright painful. One of my specialties is helping people move through life changes, so last year, I went to an all-day workshop called Healing from Infidelity. The speaker...

Holiday Survival for the Newly Divorced: Bonus Tip

I recently wrote an article for Northeast Ohio Parent with 8 tips on how to survive the holidays post-divorce. Here’s your bonus tip: stay off social media. Remember my digital detox? When we’re trying to keep ourselves centered, seeing everyone’s seemingly perfect holiday posts might not be the most helpful activity for us. The most...

Ask Joanna: A Therapist’s Advice on Parenting/Divorce

My divorce will be final this summer and I’ve started dating. When is it ok to introduce my kids to someone new? First of all, kudos for keeping your children’s best interests in mind. Divorce is traumatic for everyone. Even in the best “conscious uncoupling” situations, it can cause massive disruption and require a lot...