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In Search of Fatherhood: A Male's Experience of Infertility

Fatherhood Infertility

When it comes to challenges around getting (and staying) pregnant, so often the focus and support is geared toward the woman. There are an abundance of support groups, books, and resources to help women overcome the challenging feelings that accompany unsuccessfully becoming pregnant.

But, as we all know, it takes two to make a baby, and rarely is the support and attention channeled toward men during periods of infertility.

In this post, we’ll explore what men go through during infertility with their partners, and offer some recommendations on how men can better cope alongside their partner during this challenging time.

Playing the Supportive Role

First off, supporting a woman ...

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Yoga & Life: Focusing Beyond the Approach

yoga beyond the mat

One of the many reasons I gravitate toward the practice of yoga is because of the parallels and metaphors that exist between the poses and life. In a recent class led by Anders Tremont-Nelson in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, I was reminded of an important perspective that not only applies on the mat, but also in many facets of life.

The key message in this class was that it’s easy and natural to focus on the approach in a pose, but it’s less intuitive to consider the return. On your mat, this might look like the focus you give to getting into a pose, like tree pose. Likely ...

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Moving on: What to do when your relationship isn't meeting your needs

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When you enter into a relationship, you are likely optimistic that the relationship will last and are hoping for a true long-term connection. When you start to question whether the relationship will last, it might take a while to get honest with yourself. You might initially make up excuses for your partner’s behavior or the lack of overall chemistry. Overtime, you’ll come to terms with the fact that the relationship doesn’t fully meet your needs and can’t be fixed. Likely there is a lot of letting go that needs to happen individually before you feel confident sharing your feelings with your partner, and ultimately get the closure that you ...

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Mother's Day: Ways to Honor All Your Emotions

Mothers Day Emotions

Upon hearing the words “Mother’s Day” you may immediately think of the Hallmark version of this holiday, full of flowers, cards, moms and daughters in matching dresses, and fancy brunches. But, that’s not everyone’s experience. Mother’s Day evokes a variety of emotions and can be a very difficult day for many, depending on the circumstances of their family.

If you are struggling with fertility, loss, or disconnection from your family, it might be more like you are “getting through” this day rather than celebrating it. Recognize that this is a painful day for many people, and you are not alone.

Here are some examples of what you may be ...

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Feeling Depleted? Here's the Impact on Your Relationships

Depleted - Impact on Relationships

In a world with endless demands on your time, a growing to-do list, and the pressures created by social media to be nearly perfect, exhaustion is more the norm than not. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the National Safety Council, 97 percent of working Americans have at least one of the leading risk factors for fatigue. How does this impact your relationships? In more ways than you might think.

In Denver, Colorado, our team of therapists regularly observe the impact of fatigue on relationships. Being spread too thin, having too much pressure (from work or otherwise), and emotional imbalances related to depletion are far ...

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Identifying Your Emotional Thermometer

Emotional anger relationship

If you have ever overreacted or “blown up” in a conversation with a loved one, co-worker, parent, or even child, then the practice of tuning into your emotional thermometer would likely be a helpful one. The process of understanding your emotional continuum is especially critical if you have a tendency to spiral out of control during heated discussions and are working on ways to better manage your feelings and keep conversations with others productive during times of intensity.

It’s often a natural tendency to react to an emotionally charged situation versus respond calmly and thoughtfully. Here are steps to take that can help you identify your emotional thermometer based ...

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Good Boundaries Start With Strong Values

‘Boundaries’ is a word we throw around casually nowadays as it becomes more mainstream. Maybe you have heard comments like “my resolution this year is to have stronger boundaries” or “better boundaries will help me find more balance in my life”. And, while these comments are true, it’s often difficult to define exactly what “good boundaries” means, especially because they are so unique to the individual.

In a previous post, we defined boundaries as imaginary lines drawn around oneself to protect both the physical and emotional self from the behavior and demands of others. Healthy boundaries are always rooted in your personal values, priorities, and needs.

In this ...

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