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Splitting in Charlotte? Divorce Therapy Can Smooth the Journey

You’ve tried everything and decided divorce is the answer. Problem solved, right? Not so fast. Divorce leaves scars that need to heal before you can productively move on. A sex therapist can make the divorce journey easier. We address all the issues of relationships, including...

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It Turns Out Size Does Matter, At Least to Men in Charlotte

One of the most common questions men ask in my sex therapy practice is, “Is my penis too small?” Many men worry about this, perhaps because very few actually know what a normal penis looks like outside of what they see on pornography—which vastly distorts...

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Does Masturbation Cause Depression or Treat It?

The short answer is neither. But there is a connection between depression and a healthy sex life. Self-pleasuring is completely normal and healthy. It has many mental and physical benefits: because of the feel-good hormones released during orgasm, masturbation can boost one’s mood (temporarily), help...

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How to Tell If Your Porn Habit is Out of Control

Like many other so-called “bad habits,” pornography isn’t a problem unless it is causing problems in your life. If you eat a big bowl of ice cream every night and can’t get your weight under control, maybe you need to cut back on the ice...

If Sex Hurts, You May Have Treatable Vaginismus

Vaginismus is the painful involuntary spasming or contracting of the vaginal muscles during sexual intercourse. It can also happen when you try to insert a tampon or have a Pap test. Because it can interfere with your intimate relationships and quality of life, you should...

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Get Off Your Phone, Get Back to Nature, and Rebalance Your Relationship

How To Break Up With Your Phone One of the most common complaints that comes up in couple’s therapy these days is “You’re always on your phone.” There is even a term for when someone is scrolling their phone instead of interacting with the person...

Are Conflicts with In-Laws Pushing You Over the Edge? Here Are Some Tips For Dealing with Your Partner’s Parents

“The overbearing mother-in-law” is a cliche for a reason. In therapy we see the same problems arise again and again. Even seemingly small issues can be detrimental to your relationship with your partner if they fester and are never addressed. Here are some common patterns...

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EMDR: The Trending Technique Helping Trauma Survivors Reprocess Painful Memories

One day in 1987 American psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro was on a walk when she noticed her eyes rapidly moving side to side as she recalled a distressing memory. Her negative emotions seemed to dissipate as her eyes darted back and forth. By combining classical...

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Do Significant Others Have to Live Together?

It’s no mystery why relationship problems emerge from the woodwork when partners suddenly find themselves under the same roof. The discovery of odd habits, incompatible approaches to clutter, and the simple struggle to meld daily routines can shine a spotlight on certain differences that never...

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Relationships in Quarantine: Solid Communication and Carving Self Space Can Keep Things Copacetic

As the COVID-19 global pandemic sweeps the globe, stay-at-home orders are being extended from weeks to months. With all non-essential workers telecommuting or taking a break for the foreseeable future, couples are being forced to function under the same roof with little reprieve. At first,...

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