Q&A with Geoff: How often should I be sexually intimate when I don’t feel like it?

q&a with geoff Jun 30, 2020

Question

I have been married to the most patient, kind, loving, gentle man I’ve ever met for almost 10 years. When we first were married we were very active with our sexual intimacy, but as time has gone on and a few kids later, work, school, depression medications – I just don’t feel like being intimate very often. I could honestly...

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Illuminate: Jessica, Matt and Steve - Creating a healthy post-divorce relationship with your ex

illuminate podcast Jun 19, 2020

Steve and Jessica were happily married for seven years until Steve came out as gay which inevitably ended in divorce. Now, Matt and Jessica have been happily married for six years.  Now the three of them have a co-parenting relationship and friendship that, by most standards, would be considered atypical. Sharing stories of love, marriage,...

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Q&A with Geoff: My wife is dying and I'm a mess

q&a with geoff Jun 18, 2020

Question

My 74 year-old wife has recently been diagnosed with cancer that has spread. She is receiving a lot of medical attention and care. Unfortunately, it seems that this disease will ultimately take her life. 

My wife is a brave and courageous woman. She is also loved and respected by three generations. The thing is,...

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Illuminate: Dr. Julie Hanks - The problem with idealizing motherhood and glorifying self-neglect - Episode 60

illuminate podcast Jun 09, 2020

I interview Dr. Julie Hanks, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author, and assistant professor at Utah Valley University on the topic of why idealizing motherhood can be harmful to women's mental and emotional health. Specifically, we discuss:

- Why our culture idealizes mothers.

- How how idealizing motherhood can be harmful to women's mental health.

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Illuminate: Dr. Julie Hanks - Assertiveness for betrayed women - Episode 59

illuminate podcast May 21, 2020

I interview Dr. Julie Hanks, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author, and assistant professor at Utah Valley University on the topic of helping betrayed women become more assertive with their needs.

 

 

Specifically, we discuss:

- Why betrayed women need skills to protect themselves from harm, manipulation, and abuse.

- How assertiveness...

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Q&A with Geoff: My sister-in-law is possessive of my husband

q&a with geoff May 19, 2020

Question

My husband’s older sister was widowed two years ago. She has no children and no other siblings. Prior to this, she would barely give my husband and me the time of day. However, since being widowed, she had bonded to us like cement!

We were there for her throughout the initial difficulties, but now my husband has made himself more than...

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Q&A with Geoff: My alcoholic son refuses to honor our rules

q&a with geoff May 15, 2020

Question

My son is 40 years old, an alcoholic and is separated from his wife. He is also having financial issues. He can work from home, so he came home to stay with us so he can regroup. We told him he could stay, but he couldn’t drink in our home. Evidently, that rule was broken the first day he came. 

We have helped him with his bills...

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Illuminate: Rick Thompson, LCSW - When missionaries struggle with pornography - Episode 58

illuminate podcast May 06, 2020

I interview Rick Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, on how to help full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who struggle with pornography issues. These missionaries aren't immune to the temptations and struggles of pornography, yet, they often suffer in shame and silence because of their calling as...

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Guest Post - Will our teens be the same after the pandemic? by Jody Steurer

covid-19 help guest post Apr 24, 2020

 

By Jody Steurer

I recently read an opinion piece by CNN columnist Scottie Andrew, titled “Why Teens May Never Be The Same After The Pandemic,” where she highlights the losses teens, especially graduating seniors, face as they wrap up this school year in quarantine. 

She’s right. Our graduating seniors may never be the...

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Illuminate: Gaelyn Rae Emerson - How women can heal from relationship abandonment - Episode 57

illuminate podcast Apr 23, 2020

Gaelyn Rae Emerson joins me to talk about the impact of abandonment on women dealing with betrayal trauma from pornography and sexual addiction. She outlines a method she uses to help women move toward healing when they've been abandoned. In this episode: 

- She defines the term “sexual abandonment”.

- She describes the role...

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