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Self-Care is not Selfish

Nancy Ryan

It's not selfish to take care of yourself. I remember this when my critic tries to call me selfish as I watch a movie by myself in the bedroom (I am an introvert and rejuvenate when I have time to myself). What do you need to remind yourself when you take time to feel peace and joy, create and play, rejuvenate and refresh? #selfcare

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5 Practical Tips to Deal with a Emotionally Explosive Spouse

Nancy Ryan

Dealing with an emotionally explosive spouse is not easy. One minute you’re fine and you feel like you know your partner, the next, you feel like you’re married to a stranger.

While every marriage has its ups and downs, emotional explosions and angry outbursts really take a toll on your relationship and will cause shut down and distance.

These five tips may be just what you need to help you manage these outbursts in your marriage.

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10 Ingredients to a Healthy Relationship [Infographic]

Nancy Ryan

Many times we know what we don't want better than we know what we do want.  This is true for couples that I see in my practice as well.  It is sometimes easier to voice complaints:  "He/She doesn't make me happy anymore"  "We are just a mess" When I ask them, "If we worked together for awhile and you finally got to the place where you said to yourself, 'there that's better, I like how we are now' what would be different?"  I often get a blank look, or general statements and not much detail to how things would be better.

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Your Depression is a Liar: Negative Thoughts about Yourself Aren’t True

Nancy Ryan

How Depression Lies to You

Consider for a moment: The exact same event can have a completely different impact on different people. That is because people don’t necessarily just reflect the reality of an event, they interpret its meaning. And while depressed people often doubt themselves, they seldom doubt their judgment about their own interpretations.

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What to Do When Substance Abuse is Destroying Your Marriage

Nancy Ryan

Substance abuse can wreak havoc on a marriage. Has it brought yours to the brink of total collapse?

Have you given up trying to figure out how to help your spouse break free from substance abuse? Is your life so chaotic that you’ve contemplated divorce? Are you sure you’re willing to go through with that?

How can you find the strength to take action? And what actions would be best?

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