How to manage relationship conflict in a healthy way…& strengthen your bond

By Athen Fisher, LMFT, ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Owner of Love Story Therapy Whether it’s arguing about doing the dishes, finances or sex, conflict is a normal and unavoidable part of any long-term relationship.  And while conflict may not be pleasant at times, the way you and your partner manage conflict can actually strengthen the bonds of your relationship and increase...[ read more ]

Modern Love: Can We Have it All?

The concept of a monogamous long-term relationship wherein lies both commitment and passion, stability and excitement, responsibility and freedom, is a relatively new concept and ideal in these modern times.  Historically, marriage was based on more practical purposes, an economic and financial arrangement or used to create an alliance between two families, rather than for romantic love, passion, friendship and...[ read more ]

Burning it Down : Ambiguous Grief and Loss

Written by: Athen Fisher, MAS, LMFT While overseas in Italy studying abroad, just a couple weeks before Christmas and a week before the program ended, my sister and I got news that our family home caught fire due to a faulty chimney product.  It started in the attic and spread across the roofline and burned from the top down.  Fortunately,...[ read more ]

The Benefit of Premarital Therapy (Plus, 11 Questions You Should Discuss with Your Partner Before Marriage

Early in a relationship conversation and quality time together usually comes easy and flows, and there might be a natural quick connection and chemistry that pulls you in. It's hot and heavy.  It's a natural fit.  However amazing it feels, falling in love and initial infatuation in the beginning does not always prepare you for what is needed in order...[ read more ]

No, You Are Not the Only One

Am I alone in feeling this way? Am I the only one? Is it me against the world? Can anyone understand my thoughts and feelings? These are just a handful of the questions we have run through our minds when thinking about our symptoms, exploring treatment for mental health, or reaching out to a loved one for help. The answer...[ read more ]

Feel, Be Still and Know

I have been rereading parts of author Glennon Doyle’s newest book Untamed.  There are so many powerful nuggets in that book, but the concept resonating with me most right now are the two “Keys” to freedom she talks about.  Key number one: feel it all.  Key number two: be still and know.  It is powerful when we look inside ourselves...[ read more ]

The Process of Psychotherapy: Crawling in the Dark, Taming Dragons and Becoming Free

I often get asked about the therapy process and what to expect, so today in this blog post I will attempt to answer this question.  What does the process of psychotherapy look like?  It is hard to put such a journey into words, but if I am to use words, a metaphor may be the best way.  This is my...[ read more ]

You are Enough

You are enough.  You have always been enough.  Just as you are.  The messy, put together, falling apart, anxious, secure, resilient, resourceful, adaptive, beautiful, succeeding, failing, perfectly imperfect human.  You always were, and you are now.  Can you let that in? Today, right now, however you are showing up, is enough.  The inner critic wants to come out.  The imposter...[ read more ]

ShoutOut Arizona: Meet Athen Fisher

Just Begin – Setting Goals and Intentions in the New Year

Happy New Year! It’s 2021. This is the time of year when many of us are thinking about making new resolutions and setting goals.  While much research suggests that typical New Years resolutions are short-lived, we know it is powerful to set goals, intentions and think about what values are important to us moving forward. Sometimes it is hard to...[ read more ]

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