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Strategies for managing holiday stress and anxiety

Bustle recently published a series of articles to help readers navigate the coming holidays, addressing issues like holiday anxiety, stressful family reunions and heated family discussions about politics and religion. Featured as an expert in this series, Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute, provides tips for taking care of your mental health during this holiday season. Read More

Senior Scholar Publishes New Book About Treating Difficult Divorce

In this newly published book, Jay Lebow, senior scholar and senior therapist at The Family Institute, presents his approach to treating difficult divorce that psychotherapists can use when working in various settings — with the whole family, a divorcing couple, a parent and child, or even an adult or child seen in individual therapy. Read More

Advice for helping someone with depression

Dr. Nancy Burgoyne describes how to help a loved one who is suffering with depression in an interview with Elizabeth Bernstein, Bonds columnist from The Wall Street Journal. Read article in The Wall Street Journal Read More

Dr. Jacob Goldsmith provides tips for keeping family discussions calm during the holidays

"Even the happiest, healthiest, most connected families can have some tension around the holidays. So whatever you're going through, rest assured, there are lots of other people out there going through the same thing," Dr. Goldsmith said. If your family didn't fare well this Thanksgiving, these tips can help you avoid and de-escalate arguments during the coming holidays.  Read More

Avoiding family drama during the holidays

As Thanksgiving approaches, listen to Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., in conversation with Bonds columnist from The Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Bernstein, discussing how to avoid family drama during the holidays. Dr. Goldsmith provides tips on spending extended time with your family during the holidays, setting boundaries, communicating with emapthy and strategies to practice all year long. Read More

The Family Institute’s “Marriage 101” class and graduate program featured in The Atlantic’s cover story on “The Sex Recession”

In the December 2018 cover story of The Atlantic, Kate Julian writes about young people having less sex and “the sex recession.” In her section on “hookup culture,” Ms. Julian visits Dr. Alexandra Solomon’s “Marriage 101” class for undergrads at Northwestern and describes a conversation with The Family Institute’s graduate students. Read about The Sex Recession Read More

Jealousy hinders relationships and collaboration

In a Business Insider article, Jayne Kinsman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, is quoted on how jealousy can impact your own happiness. Ms. Kinsman discusses jealousy making one become selfish, which can ruin romantic relationships and interfere with work performance, especially in collaborative work environments. Read How Your Jealousy is Sabotaging Your Happiness Read More

Dr. Jessica Rohlfing Pryor quoted on perfectionism

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, Ph.D., was quoted in a variety of media outlets about the potential risks of maladaptive perfectionism in conjunction with an event on Northwestern's campus, #PerfectlyImperfectNU. Read More

Strategies about how to persuade someone to see a doctor

Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, was interviewed about how to persuade someone you love to see a doctor in Self. Dr. Burgoyne suggests strategies including leading with compassion (rather than guilt) and setting a good example through looking after your own health. Read "How to Persuade Someone You Love to See a Doctor"   Read More

Psychologist says revised policy on spanking could help parents choose other options

Aaron Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at The Family Institute, commented on the revised policy on spanking announced by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read More

When to break up with your therapist

"You should trust their judgment, their ethics, and their competency," Dr. Sher says. "You should feel understood. You should feel like a partner in your care." Read More

Dr. Heather Lofton gives advice about dating someone with depression

In this article in the Women's Health Magazine, Heather Lofton, Ph.D., acknowledges the difficulty of navigating a relationship with someone who is suffering from depression, but reassures that there are ways to make it work. Dr. Lofton emphasizes the importance of keeping a balance between being present and supportive for your partner and setting boundaries and taking care of yourself.  Read More