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Relationships

  Hello and welcome to our second sexy friday! This week, we are very excited to share some tips on how to keep your long-term relationship thriving and sexy! Long-term relationships can get a bad rep when it comes to sex—where any semblance of a sex life goes to die. Please (yes, we’re not too proud to beg), consider bringing more flirting, seduction, and sexual encounters back into your long-term partnership(s). By tapping into the power of seduction when your relationship is...

  The problem with saying, “Let’s agree to disagree,” is that we often shut down important conversations in an attempt to preserve our relationships. Unfortunately, when we take this approach we don’t allow our connections to deepen. Often, we use this phrase to avoid arguments or conflicts entirely, convincing ourselves that it is simply easier to end the conversation and keep our opinions to ourselves. In counselling sessions with couples, I am often challenging them to rethink their prior assumptions about...

Hello and welcome to our Sexy Friday blog series, where Bliss Sexologists will share their extensive knowledge on all things sex! With this new blog series, we hope to take you on a sexploration into uncharted territory, guiding and educating you on all things sex and relationships! Within this series you’ll find links to videos from Kelly McDonnell-Arnold’s “Sex Talk with Kelly”, produced by Rogers TV. You’ll also have access to podcasts and other valuable resources provided by our talented...

  We love working with couples in therapy! Our client’s relationship with their partner is often their most important relationship, and we’re honoured to have couples sit with us and trust us with their most sacred, tender, and vulnerable moments. Working through issues within marriages and relationships is both emotional and rewarding. We’re grateful to get to witness couples strengthen their connections and become better communicators—all in the name of better relationships. Navigating couples therapy can be tricky if one partner is less than...

If your pillows could talk. Not tonight. Ugh, I’m soooo tired. Just let me sleep. You’re just too tired for sex, and honestly, it’s the furthest thing from your mind and while feeling guilty is hard enough, you wish you had enough energy to have sex. Even just thinking about sex makes you tired. Ask yourself these questions: How’s your diet? Is it mainly made up of unprocessed, healthy, and whole foods? Are you hydrated? Are you drinking at least eight...

Often when I have clients come in to discuss topics related to their couple relationships, family relationships or friendships, what I hear is:  “I can’t tell them because I may hurt their feelings.” Well, one thing we know as therapists is that this exact type of thinking is what frequently keeps people stuck in unhealthy relationships or prevents connection.  When we withhold what we are thinking to ‘protect’ someone, we don’t allow opportunity for connection or growth. We stagnate, we build...

Misconceptions About Divorce Hurt Relationships One doesn’t have to make it very far into their twenties to experience a friend going through a divorce. Thanks to multiple media sources, from daytime television to Facebook, even people who haven’t lived through divorce think they know what divorce is like. However, these presumptions may impact how you treat your friend during their time of need, and can cause very real hurt, frustration, even anger. Common Misconceptions About Divorce Divorcing people only feel anger and bitterness...

For a lot of parents talking to their kids about sex and sexuality is the very definition of awkward. Fortunately, however, there is a way to approach the subject matter with a minimum amount of discomfiture. More importantly, there is significant value for kids when parents ensure these conversations are ongoing. Clear and consistent messages about their bodies, desires and functions set kids up to feel positive about their own bodies from the get-go, and, as they grow and mature,...

Keeping the spark alive in your relationship, especially when parenting and blended family struggles kick in, can become challenging. Therefore, being on the same page as your partner despite these stressors is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship. Bliss Counselling's very own sexologist, Kelly McDonnell-Arnold, and Stepmom coach, Jamie Scrimgeour, discuss tips and tricks on preventing these stressors from entering the bedroom! Check out the video below!        ...

After reading my Being Mindful Of Your Nice To Nag Ratio post, I heard from K.J. Dell’Antonia at The New York Times Well Family Blog. She wondered, “What do you do when you have to correct a child because it is necessary, as in the case of a special needs or speech issues?” This is a great question! It’s very easy to get into a negative pattern of correcting or nagging too much to the point where our children feel...