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darinaalban.com 10/19/2020

Premarital Counseling - Darina Alban, MSW, LCSW-C & Associates

Recently engaged or is your wedding postponed? Perfect time for evidence based Premarital Counseling. Learn how to communicate, talk about feelings and repair. Skills that you will need for a lifetime!


darinaalban.com Chances are, you and your partner are pretty optimistic about your relationship right now. You are about to embark on a new life together, and it’s natural to feel happy and excited about your future. Relationship counseling may be the farthest thing from your mind. After all, therapy is for coupl...

darinaalban.com 10/02/2020

My partner had an affair…… - Darina Alban, MSW, LCSW-C & Associates

If this is happening to you; it’s probably one of the worse days in your life.

darinaalban.com I talk to people about relationships for a living. At least for the last 15 years I have. So I decided to write a little bit about the greatest pain a relationship can face: an Affair. An affair feels like a broken heart, a slap in the face, a rug pulled from underneath you, the biggest uncertainty....

darinaalban.com 09/14/2020

Marriage and Individual Teletherapy in MD and PA – Mara Katz, MSW, LCSW-C - DARINA ALBAN, MSW, LCSW-C

If you are considering starting therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us.

darinaalban.com Last 6 months many of us have been stuck together 24hours a day, having to assume multiple new roles (working from home while caring for children and preparing all meals and now providing education for our children). Life is still completely upside down, routines are hard to form, privacy and time a...

darinaalban.com 08/27/2020

Can I accept difficult feelings in a relationship? - DARINA ALBAN, MSW, LCSW-C

Feelings are like an ocean wave, you don’t know when they will come, or if they will crush you. Please see this article on using radical acceptance as a coping strategy written by Mara Katz LCSW-C our marriage and individual therapist.

darinaalban.com On Radical Acceptance – What is it? And why does it matter in relationships? “Unacceptable.” How many times do you think or hear yourself saying that something is “unacceptable?” We all have expectations about our own and others’ behaviors and we all find ourselves in situations where we...

darinaalban.com 04/30/2020

Marriage Teletherapy in Maryland - DARINA ALBAN, MSW, LCSW-C


darinaalban.com Marriage Teletherapy in Maryland during Covid-19 In the past month many of us have been stuck together 24hours a day, having to assume multiple new roles (working from home while caring for children and preparing all meals). While many families are forced to be apart to protect their family member.....

darinaalban.com 01/16/2019

Why can’t I forgive the affair? - DARINA ALBAN, MSW, LCSW-C

Forgiveness is a very complicated choice in affair recovery. It’s a choice to take better care of self and choice to trust again.

darinaalban.com By Mara Katz LCSW-C Trauma is characterized by events that overwhelm “normal” or relied upon coping strategies and is worsened by a sense of isolation. No one is prepared to learn that their intimate partner has been unfaithful and, in spite of fantasies about how we would respond in such a situ...


Children and Emotion regulation. It takes a lot of practice and patience but here is a visual map to success.

upliftconnect.com 02/14/2018

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Pretty insightful and interesting article


upliftconnect.com If trauma and the subsequent lack of connection sets the stage for addiction, could restoring connection be the solution?


I just attended Art and Science of Love Workshop with John and Julie Gottman and would love to share some of their research with you. Check out this picture ! Happy Couples have 5 positive interaction to 1 negative. Let’s get more positive !


We all are guilty to engage in these dangerous behaviors, beware , become aware and start working on change.
The best way to practice, is starting with awareness and catching yourself - not your partner. Please feel free to share. And thank you to Gottman Institute for this helpful chart.


Remember the saying "don't go to bed angry".
Skipping repair doesn't work- it creates more damage.

gottman.com 04/20/2017

Weekend Homework Assignment: Softening Start-Up - The Gottman Institute

Being kind always works in a happy marriage. Take a look how to maintain kindness when not so happy and ready to criticize. Criticism is one of the predictors of divorce and here is the recipe how to be kinder and Soften your message. https://www.gottman.com/blog/weekend-homework-assignment-softening-startup/

gottman.com In Wednesday's posting on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we introduced Dr. Gottman's 1999 study, Predicting Divorce among Newlyweds from the First Three Minutes of a Marital Conflict Discussion. Today, we will apply the findings of this study and teach you skills to soften your startup when bringing...


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This can be challenging , see the struggle past the frustrated little faces.


This is so true, especially during arguments when heart rates are high


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How to be more empathetic

Great video explaining empathy

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.


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huffingtonpost.com 09/21/2016

Marriage Therapists Say These 6 Things Can Slowly Kill A Marriage

huffingtonpost.com Watch out for these silent relationship threats.


Let's take a look how we bring up an issue vs how we should bring up an issue. It's easy to state the obvious, but working on complaining without blame pays off.


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www.gottman.com 08/30/2016

5 Rules for Having a Constructive Conflict Conversation About Money

We all do it: fight about money : spending money, saving money, who makes more money, what we spend money on, how much to spent.... I can keep going 😳. The following article shows that following rules while discussing money prevents conflict and leads to deeper understanding. Give it a try!

www.gottman.com These five rules will guide you to stop fighting about money and start connecting in your relationship.

www.gottman.com 08/05/2016

The #1 Thing Couples Fight About - The Gottman Institute

Of course!

www.gottman.com Do you know Angelina Jolie? She’s that beautiful actor who adopts Asian babies, and married the world’s most gorgeous man. They even had their own movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Well, I’ve never met her. She sounds like a deadly assassin with a secret identity. But I do know Christina. Like Angelina, Ch...


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All emotions are valid.

(image via Marriage365)

www.darinaalban.com 07/19/2016

Couples Counseling in Hunt Valley, MD | Falling out of Love

Falling Out of love? Keep reading on ideas how to re- engage emotional closeness.
Please follow the link to my website for article.

www.darinaalban.com Are you looking for Couples Counseling in Hunt Valley, MD? Darina Alban, offers couples and marriage counseling, call for a free consultation.


VIDEO: Julie Gottman on When Partners Get Flooded

We all get flooded! Keep watching.

www.psychotherapynetworker.org The hallmark of John and Julie Gottmans’ work is taking the rare step of actually observing the broadest sample of couples they can find, rather than relying on personal intuitions about the world, to inform their approach in the consulting room. In this clip from their keynote, Julie Gottman shares...

www.gottman.com 06/27/2016

3 Tips for Couples to Stay Connected After Baby - The Gottman Institute

Keep reading

www.gottman.com It’s no secret that life dramatically changes after the birth of a baby. Here are 3 tips to stay connected after baby.

www.psychologytoday.com 06/22/2016

6 Better Ways to Deal With Conflicts in Your Relationship

Having Conflict? Who doesn't , let's learn to try changing conflict into dialogue.

www.psychologytoday.com 2. If you're angry, it's OK to show that you're angry.




1122 Kenilworth Dr Suite 500
Towson, MD
Other Counseling & Mental Health in Towson (show all)
Woodruff Counseling Woodruff Counseling
406 W Pennsylvania Avenue
Towson, 21204

Woodruff Counseling LLC provides psychotherapy services to clients in the Baltimore Maryland area with offices in Towson and at the Rotunda. Specific services offered can be seen on our website. Please reach out if you have any questions.

TUCC Group Programs TUCC Group Programs
Health And Counseling Centers At Ward & West
Towson, 21252

The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences to provide you with opportunities to identify with others who have similar concerns.

LifeSpring Counseling Services LifeSpring Counseling Services
828 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, 21204

Mental health counseling and clinical supervision services

Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities
6501 N Charles St
Towson, 21204

Association of nonpublic special education schools in Maryland http://mansef.org/

Therapeutic Solutions, LLC Therapeutic Solutions, LLC
504 Baltimore Ave
Towson, 21204

Helping people navigate through life's challenges by supporting positive mental health and wellness. Now offering a group program for compulsive eating!

Maryland Addiction Recovery Center Maryland Addiction Recovery Center
8600 LaSalle Road, Carroll Building, Suite 212
Towson, 21286

Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is a drug & alcohol addiction treatment center in Baltimore County, MD. (410) 773-0500 www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com

Talk Listen Grow, Towson Based Psychotherapy Talk Listen Grow, Towson Based Psychotherapy
610 Bosley Avenue
Towson, 21204

Towson based psychotherapy.Serving Baltimore and the surrounding area.

Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, LLP Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, LLP
6525 N Charles St. Gibson Bldg STE224
Towson, 21204

We are Baltimore's premier group practice in specialized treatment for OCD, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and phobias, in children, adolescents, and adults for over 25-years.

On Our Own Inc Towson On Our Own Inc Towson
6501 N Charles St (RM D020)
Towson, 21285

On Our Own Inc of Towson is one of six centers in a Wellness & Recovery Network. We are located inside the Sullivan Day Hospital at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. You do not have to "like" our page to follow it. Anonymity is part of the On Our Own way.

The Counseling Center The Counseling Center
602 Providence Road
Towson, 21286

The Counseling Center, located in Towson, MD, provides holistic counseling services to individuals, couples, children & adolescents, and families.

Ruxton Counseling Ruxton Counseling
8415 Bellona Ln
Towson, 21204

Counseling Center For Couples and Individuals

Dr. Diana Walcutt Dr. Diana Walcutt
Osler Medical Center, 7600 Osler Drive, Suite 211
Towson, 21204

Dr. Walcutt is a Towson Md Licensed Clinical Psychologist who offers psychotherapy, hypnosis and neurofeedback. She works with children, teens and adults.