Do You Have To Be Happy Alone Before You Can Be Happy In A Relationship? | Relationship Therapy

19 Dec
Relationship Therapy

As a therapist providing relationship therapy, I suspect this question is frequently asked because many people are unhappy in their relationships and whether they remain with their partner or they break up, this question often arises. In either scenario, there’s a trail of situations where someone has accepted so little (or better yet, put up […]


17 Oct
couples therapy

The title of this article is a common theme encountered when working with couples who enter couples therapy. Both partners maintain their position that they each handle conflict in reaction to the others inappropriate style of communication.  Whether that is yelling because the other won’t engage or avoiding because the other is yelling  They commonly […]

The Right Formula For Solving Marriage Conflict?

24 Jun
conflict therapy | Santa Clarita

I provide couples therapy with the motto that a relationship doesn’t need to be issue free to be successful. Instead, the definition of a healthy relationship is one where the partners can identify their issues, agree upon them, and can productively discuss them. I also strongly believe that each relationship has to be able to […]

The Zone of Communication | Couples Counseling Santa Clarita

08 Apr

by Donald Goodman, LCSW The most common complaint I hear from couples is, “We don’t know how to communicate.” When communication is poor relationships suffer the most while talking about areas that produce high conflict. I consider these areas “hot topics”. However, some couples can’t even communicate about simple subjects because their unresolved issues and […]

Relationship Compatibility Test | Couples Counseling Santa Clarita

17 Feb
Couples Counseling Santa Clarita

Couples Counseling Santa Clarita Many couples come into therapy and report relationship dissatisfaction and some don’t even know why. By taking this quiz you should be able to determine either why your relationship works well or what areas you struggle in. You are going to be asked three questions about each of the categories below […]

Ladies First

11 Dec

Written by Donald Goodman, LCSW Working in suburbia, where high priority is placed on family, I’ve been given the task of continually trying to find ways for marriages to remain intact and discover tools couples can utilize in that endeavor. The biggest challenge is addressing the disconnect between partners. Many couples have made the difficult […]

Stress, Anxiety, and Self Care

11 Dec

Written by Donald Goodman, LCSW Understanding the importance of self care is paramount in the helping profession despite the poor performance in this area. Unfortunately, the rest of society generally does even worse. Last month, when meeting with a successful CEO who was suffering from anxiety and stress because he was struggling to balance work […]

Are We Going To Make It?

11 Jul

Written by Donald Goodman, LCSW The short answer to this question is, “No one can answer that except the two of you.” However, if this question is being asked in your relationship here are some things to consider. Since the question above may be vague, a more appropriate question might be, “Are we ever going […]

My son is a drug attic.

10 Jan

My son is a drug attic. He always comes home with friends and stays up late and I can not handle it anymore. I need help to understand how to get my son to get help. How do I get him to come with me to see you or a therapist? This is a tough […]