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“Listen to the Marriage” Explores a Fractured Love Story

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What is your reaction when you hear of a marriage breaking up? Are you shocked or did you know it was coming? In John Jay Osborn Jr.’s new novel, Listen to the Marriage we are introduced to a couple who seemed to be destined for divorce. Steve’s numerous affairs and focus on work have finally pushed his wife Gretchen to take the children and move out, but in a last minute attempt to salvage their union, they begin weekly sessions with Sandy, an unconventional therapist. Told through the therapist’s eyes, we see the couple both confront and skirt issues that have torn them apart. The former screenwriter and legal professor joined Roxanne to talk about his first novel in 37 years, his…

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Take My Spouse, Please: A Laugh a Day Keeps the Divorce Lawyers Away

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To this day, I have no idea why I went to school for psychology. Did you know that at one time, I was considering a career as a marriage counselor? And do you know what stopped me? Way too damn depressing. However, had writer and comedian Dani Klein Modisett written her latest book (her first was the well-received Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine) when I was in college, perhaps I would’ve thought twice. Maybe I would’ve laid the book down and pondered: “What if I took the humor approach to therapy? It’s not exactly scientific – ol’ Professor Whatsisname would frown on it – but it works, right? Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Well, for issues of the mind,…

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Kill all the marriage counselors? Surprisingly sound advice

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Why am I not a marriage counselor? I got my degree in Psychology. I had – and continue to have – a vested interest in how we interact with each other and our environment. Interpersonal human relationships remain intriguing and mysterious to me, as they should to most people who live on this earth. And it’s easy enough to become a counselor. Take a few tests, hang out your shingle, and try helping people. But there was something holding me back. I distinctly recall a professor telling me that even if I could only save one in every ten marriages, I would be making the world a better place. But a nine out of ten failure rate just seemed a…

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