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Everyone wants connected, empowered relationships. Too often, our most important relationships don’t go the way we want. Tune in with Dr. Karen Sherman, the relationship expert, as she and her guests explore the ways to Unstuck your relationships. You can move out of an emotionally frozen life to an enriched chosen life. Find out how to have the Empowered relationships you want for You and in Your

    

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Empowered Relationships – It’s Not in Your Head … It’s in Your Hormones!

Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctors diagnose as nothing physically wrong? Yet ... you know something's not right! You also know that it's not all in your head. Stop feeling crazy and learn the truth about the havoc hormones can wreak on your body when Dr. David Borenstein enlightens Dr. Karen with real information. Gain clarification between hormone replacement therapy and bio-identicals and a whole lot more.

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Empowered Relationships with Dr. Karen Sherman

Karen Sherman, Ph.D., has conducted a private practice as a psychologist for over 25 years. She specializes in creating healthy relationships at all levels and in all areas. Her first book, MarriageMagic! Find It, Keep It ,and Make It Last! was published in 2004.

Her newest book, Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life, enables people to get past their past.

She writes for YourTango.com, HitchedMag.com was a relationship blogger for Thirdage.com and a feature writer for Yahoo personals.

Currently, she’s in high demand by the media as a relationship expert. Her professional opinions have appeared in Men’s Health; Long Island’s Newsday; Crain’s NY; Family Circle; Sly; Self; The Bridal Book; Women’s World; Gannett News Service; The Repository (Canton, Ohio); The Daily Gazette (Albany, NY); The Detroit News; Career World, Univision online, and more.

Dr. Sherman is frequently interviewed on talk radio. Included are: XM radio (satellite), KXIC (Iowa City, IA), KUTR (Salt Lake City, UT), Utah AM 820 (Salt Lake City, UT), CFAX (Victoria, Canada), WAXE (Vero Beach, FL), WKKX (Wheeling, WV), KLMY (Lincoln, NE), KYMO (E. Prairie, MO), WPOW (Greenville, SC), KDKA (Gibsonia, PA), KAHL (San Antonio, TX), WGBB (Merrick, NY), WCMY (Ottawa, IL), WERE (Cleveland, OH), WIOZ (Southern Pines, NC), and regularly on WCWP (Brookville, NY – where Ron Solomon, host of Getting Down to Business states that, “Dr. Karen Sherman is an amazing guest.”) She used to be the weekly relationship expert on the Bo Griffin Morning Show “Relationship Tuesday” (98.9 FM).

She is currently a serves in the Psychology Department at CW Post (Brookville, NY).

Dr. Sherman regularly holds workshops and teleseminars on marriage education: Teleseminar through leading NYC PR company (Planned TV Arts); Workshops at Queensboro Community College; Roslyn Continuing Education; Young Entrepeneurs Organization – Albany Chapter; Knowledge Network (Albany, NY); On The Art of Choice: Westchester Community College; Pathways (Manhasset, NY)

Her expert opinion is offered through membership in ProfNet, a website used by journalists to contact professionals for their advice, judgments, and opinions.

Dr. Sherman frequently gives lectures at New York area libraries; The Clubhouse of Suffolk; Institute for Learning for Retirees at Farmingdale State University; The Returning Students Program at CW Post.

Her memberships include American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Nassau County Psychological Association. She’s certified as a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a National Family Life Educator and belongs to The National Registry for Marriage Friendly Therapists.

 

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  • Empowered Relationships – It’s Not in Your Head … It’s in Your Hormones! Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctors diagnose as nothing physically wrong? Yet … you know something’s not right! You also know that it’s not all in your head. Stop feeling crazy and learn the truth about the havoc hormones can wreak on your body when Dr. David Borenstein enlightens Dr. Karen with real ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Staying Grounded in This Crazy World Today’s world is full of stress and difficult times including the economy. We can’t change that, but we can learn tools in how to handle ourselves. When we do that, it also translates to more Empowered Relationships. Join us as wellness coach, Bobbie Burdett shares her knowedge and practical tips to help you deal with today’s ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Shhhh! The Shame of Sex Addiction If your mate has a sex addiction it’s certainly going to impact your relationship … but it’s not a topic that gets discussed too often as it’s SO shame based. Join expert Ross Rosenberg, psychotherapist and addiction specialist and author, as he reveals to Dr. Karen how to identify a sex addict as well as ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do You Really Matter? We all know men and women are different. And now it seems that there’s yet another aspect where the two species come together (or don’t) in the way they relate … if they matter to each other! International speaker and author of best-selling books, Dr. Emerson Eggerich spells out with Dr. Karen how men and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Keeping the Love & a Whole Lot More Do you have a mate who hoards? Does it feel like your mate is more interested in their things than you? Is your house, your home, and your life being taken over by things? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, make sure you tune in to this episode with expert Katherine Hanson, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Your Identity: Who Are You Really? (Part 2) In the second part of this series Andy Mahoney, MS, LCPC, further speaks with Dr. Karen about how your identity fit is important to you personally and to a healthy relationship! Unlike the media propaganda, it’s not about you completing your mate. Disappointed? You won’t be when you tune in and learn some wonderful insights ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Your Identity: Who Are You Really? (Part 1) Ever think about who you really are and how you’ve come to be that person? Do you feel like how you act is a “fit” with you? Well, we’ve got answers! In the first of this 2-part series, Andy Mahoney,MS, LCPC, enlightens Dr. Karen about his life-long work in enabling people to find out who ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Porn: Stimulating or Addictive? Many couples agree to use porn as part of their relationship sexual stimulation. But when does porn shift from being acceptable and part of the partnership to private and addictive? What are the signs, why does it happen, and how do you deal with it? Join Dr. Karen and her guest,Frances Forgione, MSW-LCSW, as they ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Helping to Create a Smooth Blend (Part 3) In the last of our 3-part series, Katherine Hanson, MS, LMHC, GMHS, returns to round out the information about blended families. This episode is about how the new couple deals with older children. Regardless of the fact that the kids are older, there are potential stuck points here as well. She and Dr. Karen offer ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Helping to Create a Smooth Blend (Part 2) When families blend together, it’s not always a smooth ride. Many times, the best advice comes from people who have actually lived the circumstances. Dr. Karen’s guest in this episode, Dr. Johnny Lewis, licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, is not only a professional but can speak to this matter first hand. Join the conversation as ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Helping to Create a Smooth Blend (Part 1) It’s very common in today’s world for couples to divorce and then remarry. The new couple has it’s challenges especially if they’re also blending families. There are potentially stuck points of all sorts as well as for different age groups. In the first of this 3-part series, Katherine Hanson, MS, LMHC, GMHS, and Dr. Karen ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Slippery Slope of Work Spouses It’s not uncommon in today’s world to have a “work spouse” and they do serve a purpose … up to a point. But where does that point stop and when does it become a slippery slope? Marriage & Family Therapist, author of multiple books, and AAMFT supervisor, Dr. Pat Love, explores with Dr. Karen where ...
  • Empowered Relationships – It’s Not Easy Being Green So you or your partner is gifted — how special! But is it? The truth is that when you’re not in the norm, there are challenges that make things a little more difficult. In a fascinating discussion, Andy Mahoney, MS, LCPC, and Dr. Karen look at the particular aspects of this type of relationship and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – To Grandma’s House We Go The reality of today’s dual career couple or single parent family requires calling upon grandparents to help with child care. Though the help can be a welcome resource, it can also come with challenges. Katherine Hanson, MS, LMHC, GMHS, and Dr. Karen look into the both positive and negative aspects of this arrangement. Help is ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Sandwich Squeeze Many couples find themselves taking care of both the younger generation and the older one. In this “Sandwich Generation,” there’s a lot of stress on the couple. In the second of this 2-part series, Frances Forgione, MSW-LCSW, and Dr. Karen look at the challenges of dealing with the aging adult parents from varied perspectives. Join ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Empty Nest: Not! You’ve spent years raising your kids and now it’s time for them to be on their own … but somehow they’ve come back. Suddenly, you find you’re part of the “Sandwich Generation.” In reality, these issues are also true even if the kids haven’t reached the age of leaving home yet. Are you or someone ...
  • Empowered Relationships – What’s Love Really About? The truth is that love changes from when we first meet. But no one tells you that. So you don’t know what to expect and that can lead to lots of disappointment and problems. Today, Marriage and Family Therapist, Sandra Stanley and Dr. Karen help to set you straight on what is really involved. Make ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Want a Great Relationship? Pay Attention! After the fairy dust of the “Honeymoon Phase” fades away, how do you make your relationship stay vital and satisfying? Many times, you hear that you have to work at it. In this episode, Clinical Counselor and Coach , SueMarie Crawford; 888.822.8252, and Dr. Karen dispel that four-letter word. Instead, they speak about paying attention ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Obsessing … Again! As a wind-up to our anxiety series, this episode deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. This can be frustrating and upsetting and leave it’s mark on the couple as well as the person. Once again, Dr. Michelle Maidenberg, Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, and Dr. Karen help you understand what this type of anxiety is about ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Panic: The Really Scary Anxiety In the continuing series on the different types of anxiety, this episode is devoted to panic disorders. What makes this type so difficult is that it seems to come without any rhyme or reason. Dr. Michelle Maidenberg, Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, and Dr. Karen explore where, in fact, panic disorders stem from and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do You Live with a Scaredy Cat? Many people suffer from phobias; though they know it’s irrational, they can’t help it. What’s this all about and what can you, as their mate do to help deal with this situation? Dr. Michelle Maidenberg, Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, and Dr. Karen, continue the series on the different types of anxieties that can ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Too Anxious to Be Social? In the second part of the anxiety series, Dr. Michelle Maidenberg, Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, and Dr. Karen explore how anxiety can get in the way of one of you feeling comfortable among people. Not only is this a problem for the person but it can really create a challenge to you as ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Feeling Uptight? – It’s Only Anxiety A staggering number of us suffer from anxiety. What’s more, anxiety shows up in lots of different ways. Today’s episode is the first of several to explore a typical issue for so many that gets in the way of individual and couple functioning. Learn about anxiety, in general, from Dr. Michelle Maidenberg, Clinical Director of ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Lost Weight, Increased Struggles In today’s world of everyone being so weight conscious and trying all forms of weight reduction, many are attempting various procedures like bypass or lap-bands. Aaah … the magical solution! But is it? It seems that though the weight might come off, there may be a gain in the number of emotional problems both individually ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Time for a Fresh Start When you walk down the aisle, you plan to live happily ever after. Sadly, sometimes that’s not the way it works out. But it doesn’t have to be the end. Marcia Blau, holistic psychotherapist, discusses with Dr. Karen how to start fresh and how to move to a new way of living so everyone can ...
  • Empowered Relationships – You and the Joneses It’s absolutely normal to make comparisons to those around us. After all, how would you know where you stand if you didn’t? But when it starts to create a sense of jealousy and feelings of insecurity, it can lead to problems within yourself and certainly in your relationship. Frances Forgione, Licensed Social Worker and owner ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Weighting on Love Are the extra pounds you’ve gained since you’re in your relationship getting in the way of your relationship? Feeling judged and/or unloved? What might seem like a small issue can become a big one. However, Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg, President/Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works shares with Dr. Karen some great insights as to how ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Positive “F” Word: Forgive It’s hard to get through life without bumps and bruises. But you don’t have to hold on to them … there is forgiveness. Many folks don’t really understand what forgiveness is let alone how to achieve it. In this important conversation, Dr. Elayne Savage, psychotherapist and author, and Dr. Karen get very personal in discussing ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Language of Touch We so often believe that you’ve got to tell someone you love them. It turns out that your touch says a great deal to your mate! Clinical social worker and integrative psychotherapist, Michael S. Gelbart, discusses the importance of touch and the different kinds of touch with Dr. Karen. He then goes on to offer ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Festering of Resentment Once the “love goggles” come off, all too often, feelings of resentment start to creep in. You’re often not even aware of that feeling – or not willing to admit it. Dr. Elayne Savage, psychotherapist, speaker, and author discuses with Dr. Karen what leads to resentment and how to know if this is something you’re ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Holidays: Joy or Stress? The Holiday Season is supposed to be about celebration; the reality is that it’s also fraught with lots of stress. Family gatherings, differences in the way you celebrate, so much to do. Well – we’ve got you covered with lots of tips and information. Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg, psychologist, trainer, consultant and author and Dr. ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Sibs: The Love/Hate Relationship The early relationships we have with our siblings often continue into our adulthood, even though the issues from the past aren’t true any more. The can wreak havoc for you personally as well as in your partnership with your mate. Listen in as Veronica Monet, Certified Sex Educator and Certified Anger Management Specialist speaks with ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Intimacy – When Words Get in the Way Do you wish you had greater connection to your partner? Do you desire more intimacy? Then you’re like most couples. We all want intimacy in our relationships yet when it comes down to it, having intimate conversations is often hard to do. But why? Dr. John W. Beiter, psychologist, sex therapist, and executive coach, and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Where Do I/You Begin and End? Regardless of what you’ve read in novels and seen in the movies, your mate does not “complete you.” In a healthy relationship, it’s important to have good boundaries. But what exactly is a boundary and how do you know when your relationship is compromised because good boundaries aren’t in place? Rodney L. Mulhollem, therapist, trainer, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Save Our Children It’s amazing how 2 feet people (and taller) can push your buttons like no one else. BUT – we are the parents! How can you not get grabbed when you’re getting triggered? Ava Diamond, LSCW, psychotherapist, educator, and writer joins Dr. Karen again to offer not only insightful information but amazing tools that will allow ...
  • Empowered Relationships – What’s the Matter with Kids Today? Kids: A blessing or do they drive you nuts? And … are they a joy to your relationship or added in a whole lot of stress? Do you and your mate always agree on how to handle them? Lots of questions and my guest, psychotherapist, educator, and writer, Ava Diamond has lots of answers. She ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When Old Stuff Gets in the Way Whether you realize it or not, for most couples, things from your past play into your present day relationships. This can certainly create lots of turmoil unless you have some tips on how to identify when it’s happening and what to do about it. Communication specialist and author, Michael Oden and Dr. Karen offer their ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Workin’ the Day Shift and Night Too Are you in a relationship but don’t have one because your mate is married to his or her work? You may be involved with a workaholic! Julie Dozier, a licensed professional counselor and multiple addictions therapist, speaks with Dr. Karen about what it means to be a workaholic. Why does this happen? What are the ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Are Drugs the Right Prescription? In today’s society, so many of us feel like taking a pill is a “quick fix” to feeling better. Others feel like it’s a stigma. Dr. Ann Rosen Spector, clinical psychologist, and Dr. Karen discuss both sides of the argument. And … how does this all play out in your relationship? Is this the right ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Key to Emotional Intimacy Though we all crave emotional intimacy in our relationships, it’s so difficult to achieve. And often, it’s because we’re afraid to speak our emotional truth. Join social worker, Frances Forgione and Dr. Karen as they discuss why this is so difficult for so many of us. Furthermore, Frances presents a list of questions that allows ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Drunk on Love – or Booze? There are so many “stuck points” that can occur in a relationship – hopefully, drinking isn’t one of them. It gets even more confusing because some folks are functional alcoholics. How do you know if there’s really a problem? What do you do if you or your mate is in this situation? In the 3rd ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Relationship Stuck? You Bet! Making a commitment to someone is always a risk … especially when your mate turns out to have a gambling problem. How will you know and more importantly, what can you do as the individual, the spouse, and as a couple? Dr. Christine Dargon, Psychologist and co-owner of the Valley Counseling and Psychological Services, has ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Eating Disorders: All Shapes and Sizes Eating disorders are no longer just a childhood phenomena. Many adults, both males and females, suffer from this condition. Dr. Christine Dargon, Psychologist and co-owner of the Valley Counseling and Psychological Services in Sedona, AZ. spells out what’s beneath this disorder, how to recognize the signs of it, and how a couple can approach the ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Not Workin’ 9-5 In today’s economy, it’s not unusual to find one of you is out of work. No doubt this is quite stressful in general and on your relationship. With the help of author and job search advisor, Marcia Hancock offering great tips on how to present yourself in the market and Dr. Karen giving some psychological ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Birds and Bees to Kids Whether you’re having sex or not, at some point, you have to discuss it with your kids. And in today’s world, the time for that discussion is earlier than ever! Many parents get stuck on what to say and how to say it. No worries — Nicole Richardson, LPC, LMFTA break it all down for ...
  • Empowered Relationships – No More Birds and Bees Are you in a sexless marriage? Are you wondering why or if there’s anything you can do about it? If so, make sure you listen to today’s show. Lynn Krown, Marriage and Family Therapist, reveals exactly what constitutes a sexless marriage – you might be surprised! Then, of course, she and Dr. Karen offer some ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Birds and Bees One of the biggest stuck points for couples is sex. As much as we want to be intimate with each other, various issues get in the way. Tune in to todays’ episode to hear, Marriage and Family Therapist, Beth Krakower, have both an insightful and fun conversation with Dr. Karen about how to keep the ...
  • Empowered Relationships – And Baby Makes 3? Perhaps one of the biggest stuck points for a couple is when they try to have a baby and can’t. There are lots of reasons for infertility and also lots of answers. Join Dr. Gretchen Kubacky, psychologist, author, speaker, and coach, and Dr. Karen as they discuss why this problem might occur as well as ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Dramatic Relationship Nobody likes when their relationship becomes stale, but having a dramatic relationship due to being involved with a person with Borderline Personality Disorder isn’t fun either. As a matter of fact, it can even become dangerous! Make sure to listen to Marriage and Family Therapist, Susan Quinn, spell out the characteristics of someone with this ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When Bad Things Happen Not all trauma originates from your family of origin. Bad things can happen in lots of other situations. When they do, they can effect a relationship … especially if they aren’t spoken about. Dr. Marty Lerman, therapist and consultant, brings insights and information to this topic as he discusses with Dr. Karen the signs that ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Wednesday’s Child Unfortunately and sadly, the reality is that there are children who get abused. In this episode, life coach, Guardian Ad Litem, and author Joan T. Kloth-Zanard discusses with Dr. Karen the different types of abuse that might occur. They also bring insight as to why this happens and what can be done. Make sure to ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Pursue – Distance: It’s a Dance! Couples get into patterns with each other … they do a dance, so to speak. One of the most common “dances” is that of one pursuing and the other distancing. Though pretty typical, it’s also not an effective dance and doesn’t help couples to really create the best connection. Licensed social worker and addictions counselor, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – A Laughing Matter When you think about problems in your relationship, being funny or using humor doesn’t come to mind as a way to make things better. Psychologist, Phyliss Merion Shanken, Director of Psychological Services at Introspect, sheds an entirely different way to look at this tool. In fact, Dr. Phyliss and Dr. Karen highlight all the positive ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Two Different Worlds The differences we each bring into a relationship make them hard. Add to the mix differences in culture and things can get especially challenging. However, Dr. Julieta Macias, a psychotherapist, consults in this area and speaks with Dr. Karen about the particular struggles that couples will face in this situation. Of course, Dr. Macias offers ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When Divorce is the Answer Not all marriages last a life time. Is yours one of the ones that has to end … or is it? Award winning author and divorce blogger, Kimberly Pryor Wilkes discusses with Dr. Karen tips to know about whether you stay or go, what the harsh realities are, and maybe (just maybe) if there are ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Love Your Anger Anger in couples is not that uncommon. Most of the time, we think it means something bad. Myron Doc Downing, Ph.D., LMFT, explores with Dr. Karen what is really behind anger and why it’s not such a bad emotion. Doc also offers some concrete tools on how to handle your anger to get the most ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Does Your Relationship Come and Go? Maintaining connection in your relationship is hard enough. It’s even more difficult when you’re part of a commuter partnership. However, there are ways to make it work! Megan Bearce, LMFT, marriage and family therapist is not only someone who helps couples with this concern, she lives it! Megan and Dr. Karen discuss where the bumps ...
  • Empowered Relationships – It All Adds Up Now Are you the typical couple who argues about money? Then make sure you listen to this episode where financial organizer, Beth Crittenden discusses with Dr. Karen why couples get into financial arguments, tips for how to handle them, ideas on how to budget, and lots more that will help you make sense out of cents ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When Crazy Gets in the Way Anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses are on the rise. How do you know if your mate is suffering? What do you do … for your partner, for you? Dr. Karen speaks candidly with adult psychiatrist & psychotherapist, Dr. Sayeh Beheshti, about personal stories regarding mental illness. Dr. Beheshti offers how these illnesses impact a ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Carry-on luggage or Full Baggage? Supposedly, all families are dysfunctional and it only depends on to what degree. If you’ve come from one where there’s been a lot of dysfunction, it’s likely you have a lot of baggage. Further, this baggage is going to show up in your present-day relationship … without you even knowing it! Marriage and Family Therapist, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Create Balance … Really! Is your relationship stuck or is it possible that it’s just out of balance? Pam Yudko, a Holistic Health and Transformational Coach, shares with Dr. Karen how she has created a life style that offers herself, her spouse, and her children one that is joyful and unstuck. Listen in for some great tips and move ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do I Love You? – It Depends! Part 2 Since childhood, we’ve been raised to believe that love makes us complete. Not really! This myth leads to co-dependency. This episode expands on what licensed marriage and family therapist and author, Holli Kenley and Dr. Karen discussed in the last show about what co-dependency is and how to create a life that is more meaningful ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do I Love You? – It Depends! Most of us want to be in relationships. And, it’s important to be in a relationship that’s healthy. Often, the one we’re in is unbalanced and what might be called co-dependent. How do you know if you’re in this type of relationship? And if you are, how can you make a change? Listen to an ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When Grief Hits Part of life is loss … in many forms. Grieving also takes place in many ways. How can you best get through it both as an individual and as a couple? Join author and speak, Sandra Champlain and Dr. Karen as they look at what is a difficult process and help to make it less ...
  • Empowered Relationships – He Wins, She Wins You learned to read, you learned to ride a bike, or you learned any other number of skills so you could manage life. One of the most important skills – knowing how to manage conflicts in your relationship, however, is not taught! Dr. Willard Harley, author of best-selling book, His Needs, Her Needs joins Dr. ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Can He Hear Me Now? We’ve all heard, “Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus,” but is there a way to speak so our men can hear us? Yes! Find out how as “Man whisperer,” Sandy Weiner who’s also the CEO and founder of Last First Date, shares solid information on how to speak to your guy so ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Everyday Life It’s the little things in life that often add up and get in the way of an empowered, smooth relationship. Are you and your mate struggling because you have different styles in how you approach life or different friends or different interests? Listen in on a delightful and informative discussion between bestselling author, Sweta Srivstava ...
  • Empowered Relationships – That Old Behavior … Again! Relapse can occur in many different types of behaviors – not just addictions. What causes a relapse? What are the signs? And what can be done? Marriage and Family Therapist and author, Holli Kenley, M.A., discusses with Dr. Karen the answers to these questions. This episode will give you information that is vital in helping ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Something’s NOT Up! Does your mate have a secret … does he suffer from ED (erectile dysfunction)? It turns out that lots of guys do. In this episode, Susan Stiglitz, Professor at Nassau Community College and winner of the Nassau County, NY State and Eastern District Teacher of the Year Award discusses with Dr. Karen the ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Avoidance Getting in the Way of a Real Relationship? A regular relationship has the usual “stuck” points; being involved with someone who has avoidance issues makes you want to pull your hair out! It may feel like it’s impossible to get close to this person and have a real relationship. Licensed Counselor and Executive Coach as well as author, Don Olund, offers great insights ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Too Close for Comfort You’re married … but who is it to? Are you too close to one of your parents and your partner is feeling resentful, jealous, insecure, or any number of other negative feelings? Is your relationship with your parent interfering with your marriage? Though this is not uncommon, it is a problem. Dr. Pat Love, family ...
  • Empowered Relationships – What Did You Expect? So much of what happens in life will depend on the expectations we have. This certainly is true in our relationships. Are you in harmony with your partner or are there lots of disappointments. Dr. Julia Bowlin, is both a specialist in family medicine and author. She brings to light with Dr. Karen what pre-conceived ...
  • Empowered Relationships – What’s Eating You? Are you having marital problems … or is it what you eat? Without realizing it, the way you eat effects your behavior and how you respond to your mate. Cassandra Walker, holistic nurse psychotherapist and healthy eating coach speaks with Dr. Karen about how couples get stuck in their relationship because of what and how ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Attachment is Good! – Really? The idea of feeling attached to your mate generally gets a “bad rap.” Turns out that being securely attached is what it’s all about! This is the 2nd interview with Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, expert in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Among the ideas that Dr. Rebecca explores with Dr. Karen is: what it means to be securely ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Stepping on Each Other’s Toes Couples are often getting into the same arguments over and over again. Though neither one of them feels good about it, they just don’t seem to be able to get out of it … they are truly stuck! According to the famous Emotionally Focused Therapy, as explained by Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, couples are doing “a ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Bye Bye Birdie Are all the kids gone or are they about to leave home? Are you and your mate wondering who the other is? The “Empty Nest” phase of a relationship can be a scary time. However, Marriage and Family Therapist and author,Lesli Doares discusses with Dr.Karen ways to deal with this time of life. Lesli talks ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Love Flows with an Open Heart Do you find you’re in a relationship and yet not feeling the love you’d like to? It’s possible that you or your mate have a “closed heart.” The “Luvcoach,” Bruce Starr, and Dr. Karen explore why this happens. More importantly, they offer great tips for how to recognize if this is the case and what ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Should You Say “I Do?” Maybe some couples would never get stuck in their relationships if they never tied the knot! There are “red flags” to look for and tips to let you know this is the right person. Join Dr. Sandra Levy Ceren and Dr. Karen as they share their knowledge about the do’s and don’ts. Dr. Sandra is a ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Scared to Deal With Your Fear? For any number of reasons, some folks live with fear. When they do, it not only gets in their way but also the way of the couple. Dr. Linda Sapadin, expert psychologist in this field and author, shares with Dr. Karen the reasons why someone may have these fears, how they manifest, and what can ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Cool Down When Things Heat Up Though conflicts in your relationship are normal, when emotions run high, your relationship satisfaction will decrease. You can’t have a meaningful, connected relationship when heated emotions are running amuck. Luckily, tools are available for you you to manage your emotions and understand your partner, allowing your relationship to survive and thrive. Attorney/mediator, author, and radio ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Beginning of Stuck Though there are many stuck points all along the way of a relationship, it all really starts after the couple gets engaged and have as Elizabeth Doherty Thomas, MSW, says,their “hour of bliss.” She and Dr. Karen address many of the areas that can get a couple into trouble as they plan their wedding. Elizabeth ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Flowing Through the Holiday Dinner As thankful as we’re supposed to be at this time of year, for many of us, it’s also a time of stress. The holiday dinner with family can be especially fraught with lots of tension. Luckily, communication expert, Rachel DeAlto, and Dr. Karen have lots of tips for you that will ensure you enjoying your ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Truth or Consequences Do you think your mate is lying? Is it possible your spouse is having an affair? Are you crazy or should you listen to your gut? Find out the answers in this amazing episode with Blanca Cobb, CEO of Truth Blazer, as she reveals to Dr. Karen the signs to look for. These are important ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Technology Lessons to Unstuck You The world is overwhelming today and too often your relationship is burdened because of all the stress. Technology certainly is one of the major factors that adds to this new life style. However, it turns out that technology also has some of the answers to help you and your mate get past some of the ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Getting Stuck at the Top Many folks may think that those couples who are at the “top of the ladder” are successful and have it made. However, even these couples have stuck points – perhaps even some greater challenges. Ana Weber, The 360° Business and Personal Coach  888.416.1088 and best-selling author, discusses with Dr. Karen how to manage the stresses ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Getting Past the Unthinkable There are the common “stuck” points for any relationship. Then there’s the unthinkable one: the loss of a child. Can a marriage get past this stuck point? How does a couple deal with such pain? Whether this has happened to you personally or to someone you know, make sure to listen in as coach and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – What’s Up With Men? Does it seem like your guy just doesn’t care? Are you tired of feeling like he’s not there for you? Welcome to the world of men: It turns out, it’s not his fault! There are actual biological reasons for his behavior including wanting sex when you’ve just had a fight. Learn a whole lot of ...
  • Empowered Relationships – When to Hook Up It’s the 21st century and new rules apply about sex … or do they? Did Grandma really know what she was talking about? Find out the real answer and more about what a man wants when YourTango.com dating and relationship expert, Christine Baumgartner, founder of The Perfect Catch, has a lively discussion with Dr. Karen. ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Drama of Trauma All couples get stuck. Sometimes, there’s even more of a stuck point for couples when one or both of the partners have trauma that has occurred. Then there’s the issue of when the trauma has happened. Sound confusing? Get solid and important information that can help your relationship weather the drama of it all through ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Starting Over Has your relationship ended and you find yourself single again? Perhaps it’s even more complicated for you because you have kids. The prospect of starting over may seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. Listen in on the conversation between “The Dating Mechanic,” Alasha Bennett and Dr. Karen as they discuss the challenges and tips ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Home Construction or Relationship Destruction? Research has indicated that one of the most stressful events for a couple is when they’re doing any type of renovations. Though it may seem that you’re planning your dream house or room, without the proper tools, your relationship can get hammered! Join Dr. Karen as she has both an informative and fun discussion with ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Drunk on Love Are you living with an alcoholic? Is your relationship stuck because your partner is addicted to booze? This is one of the most difficult situations and one that’s often hard to talk about. Dr. Karen has the opportunity to speak candidly with Paula Reid-Vandenbark who was married to an alcoholic for 30 years before she ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Listening to Silence Communication in relationships is tough! It gets even more difficult when you add in all the non-verbal types of communication – gestures, body language, and tone. To help you demystify these and understand your mate better, tune in as Blanca Cobb, CEO of TruthBlazer and Dr. Karen discuss what certain cues mean. Blanca Cobb is ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Wishing & Getting the Life You Want Once you’ve removed the relationship rats from your life, you can have the life you want … all by wishing! Of course, there’s some tools you need to know. Last week’s guest, Marcia Reese, is a best-selling author. Marcia once again joins Dr. Karen as they both share their insights gained from professional and personal ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Remove “Relationship Rats” to Move Forward We all get stuck sometimes. But if you find that you just can’t move forward in your relationships, maybe it’s because there are “relationship rats” that you don’t even know are there! What exactly are “relationship rats” and more importantly, how do you remove them? Listen in as best-selling author, Marcia Reece talks with Dr. ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Is Divorce the Only Option? Many struggling couples find themselves “on the fence” … they don’t even know if they want to go for marital counseling.  So, it seemed that divorce was the only option.  That was until now!  Dr. William Doherty is the creator and founder of discernment counseling, a new type of method to help couples who are “on the brink.”  He ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Help is on the Way You’ve finally reached the point where you’ve decided to consult with a professional. But where do you start? Who do you go to? What do you look for? What will it be like? The emotional stuff is hard enough to deal with, so having some tips to know how to navigate through the process of ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Conflicts Done Right For most couples, fighting is part of their relationship. The issue is how to do it the right way. In today’s episode you hear two experts, attorney/mediator and Certified MCLE Trainer Mari Frank and Dr. Karen offer solid tips from each of their perspectives. Though they come from different sides of the spectrum, they end ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Commitment Issue? Maybe … Certainly someone with a commitment issue is going to have difficulty getting into a relationship. But did you also know that there can be other “stuck” points in a relationship for those with commitment issues? Bestselling author and Business and Personal Coach, Ana Weber-Haber discusses with Dr. Karen the different reasons someone might have a ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Let’s be Open About Mental Illness Mental illness strikes one in four. Certainly, when it does, it has an impact on a couple. Yet … it’s often something that isn’t discussed and creates problems as to how it’s to be handled. In this episode, therapist Yasmin Headley and Dr. Karen reveal important insights to help you understand more fully how to ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Not Stuck as a Single Anymore It’s hard to be single in a society that’s geared towards couples. Are there really things you can do to get out of this stuck place if you want to? And … what are some of the issues that tend to hold you in the same defeating patterns? Learn how to turn them around as ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Extra Stress of a “Bad Kid” It’s a well known fact that having kids adds stress to a relationship. And then there’s the extra stress of the “bad kid!” Do you or someone you know have a challenging kid in their midst? If so, you’ve got to hear the information and concrete tips that Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, NJ Psychologist and author ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Can Your Marriage Survive an Affair? No doubt, when your spouse has been in some type of an affair, it’s devastating! Your relationship goes into crisis mode and you’re likely feeling like your life is out-of-control. Though your immediate reaction might be to end it all, it doesn’t have to be that way! Both Dr. Scott Haltzman and Dr. Karen work ...
  • Empowered Relationships – You’re Very Special Kids Most parents would agree that having kids is a mixed blessing … they bring lots of joy and also lots of stress. And then there are the kids who are special. The ones with special needs that require just SO much more. More time, energy, and understanding. Linda Reuben, LSW, an expert in the field, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do You Have a Secret? Chances are there’s something in your life that you’re ashamed of, but, of course you don’t speak about it. It’s too shameful! What you probably don’t realize is that whatever it is, it’s holding you back from being all that you can be as an individual and as a mate. Dr. Karen and best-selling author ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Empowerment vs. Abuse Generally, we think of someone as being abused if there’s lots of physical damage. Unfortunately, abuse can take place on many levels. Women’s advocate, Deb Bailey, discusses with Dr. Karen the different types of abuse, the signs, and what to do if you find yourself in this situation. Deb also speaks from personal experience and ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Discover the Flirt Within You If you’re like most couples, your relationship has lost some of its spark. You can help re-ignite it by the basic tool of flirting! Not a flirt by nature? Then, for sure, you’ll want to listen to this episode as author and communication expert, Rachel DeAlto, helps Dr. Karen discover her inner flirt. And if ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Tips to Increase Your Sexual Desire Has life gotten in the way of your passion? Do you even still feel any passion? If you can relate to these questions, then you’ll want to to make sure to listen to this episode as Senior VP of YourTango.com (the leading love and relationship site) Melanie Gorman and Dr. Karen discuss why this happens ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Broken Trust Usually trust is broken because of some type of infidelity. But it turns out you can also experience a sense of betrayal from lots of other situations. Holli Kenley, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author, explores with Dr. Karen, the types of events that lead to trust getting broken, the consequences that result ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Ensuring the Connection with Your Kids Little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems. What do you do when your adult kids choose a path that’s not what you had planned? No doubt, there are many different emotions … lots of them negative. Author and speaker, BJ Rosenfeld, shares her personal story with Dr. Karen. Though your specific facts may be ...
  • Empowered Relationships – You’re Connected … to the Internet! Is the connection your mate has to the internet stronger than the one that he or she has to you? Are you wondering if the time being spent on this fun just part of today’s world … or an addiction? Ross Rosenberg, licensed psychotherapist and certified alcohol and drug counselor spells out what exactly defines ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Empowerment for Everyday Living The everyday couple may not have any major stuck points except … life! Two of the biggest issues facing couples is money and health. Dr. Karen and Holli Rovenger have an informative and lively discussion on how to address these issues so that a relationship can be strong and partners can each be empowered. Holli, ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Sickness Doesn’t Have to Equal Unwell Relationships There are times, without any warning, that relationships are hit with the horror of illness. Though it’s not something couples really prepare for, there are ways to meet the stress of something dramatic so that you can survive and thrive. Join Dr. Karen as she and cancer survivor, Sandra Miniere, M.Ed., tackle this often frightening ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Is Your Procrastinator Holding Up Your Relationship? It seems that some people just can never get to what they say they will. Living with this type of individual can lead to lots of negative consequences. In this episode, discover what procrastination is all about and how to deal with it from psychologist, Dr. Linda Sapadin. Dr. Karen and Dr. Linda will offer ...
  • Empowered Relationships – It’s Not Business as Usual! So many times you think that businesses would do better if they just learned how to manage their relationships well. But did you ever think that relationships could get unstuck by learning some principles from business? Listen in as Bob Kantor, a Chief Information Officer, speaker, and author discusses with Dr. Karen just how important ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Battle of the Working Mom Whether you’ve chosen to be a working mom or been forced into this position, there are lots of struggles and challenges to be faced. Listen in as Child & Family Therapist and Board Certified Coach, Leslie Petruk and Dr. Karen discuss these concerns as well as the practical tips to face them. Is there such ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Peaceful Parenting … A New Strategy Nothing can be more disruptive to a family and a relationship than the typical discipline issues you have with your kids. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Listen to Dr. Nancy Buck, developmental psychologist, explain her unique and helpful strategy to make a real difference in how to handle your kids so all ...
  • Empowered Relationships – The Bottom Line on Money Matters Supposedly, money issues are one of the main conflicts in a relationship. In this episode, join Certified Financial Planner and Certified Public Accountant, David Holland as he and Dr. Karen discuss what money issues are really about and how to deal with them. They offer practical tips for your relationship even in this tough economy! ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Getting to Know YOU We often speak about having good relationships. What we often don’t think about is that the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself; when you do, it also has a positive impact on the one you have with your significant other. Join the conversation with best-selling author, speaker, and coach, Marni Spencer-Devlin ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Do You Love Your Addiction More Than Your Mate? One of the major stuck points in a relationship is when a mate is addicted to a substance or behavior. Many who are addicted don’t know they are or won’t admit it. Join us as Stephanie Spak, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, reveals how to identify when someone is an addict, how to present ...
  • Empowered Relationships – Learn to Say No to the Good Girl Syndrome So many women have been trained to be Good Girls (and men to be good boys). They work hard to always please others leaving no energy reserve for themselves. This leads to shame, guil,t and resentment and certainly impacts their relationships. Join us in this episode as the founder of Good Girls Annonymous, Kim Shannon, ...