Marriage in the age of COVID19

The demands of COVID19 are unique and completely unheard of in our lifetime.  Quarantine?  Masks? 6 feet apart?  Temperature taking before you can enter a school?  Dining outside only?   And that is just a small part of the list of life changes foisted on us by this virus.  We are captives in our own homes.  What does it mean

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Challenged to reflect. Open to change. Vulnerable to all around me. Invested in thriving and not just surviving. Determined to grow. 19 ideas for a very hard time. 1.  One of the first things I have heard from friends a relatives is that after the shock of hearing about a pandemic, they looked around their place and started to do

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Do Infants Understand Emotion?

From the moment of birth the infant’s brain is fully capable of processing emotion and this skill enables them to respond to all of the experiences in their environment.  Infants cry as they come into the world because they are aware of the change from the protective nest of the womb to the unfamiliar open-air vastness of the world outside

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Autism and Male Sperm

Jeremy Silverman, M.D. interviewed on NPR re: his recent studies on AUTISM Mt. Sinai School of Medicine: He has been studying the effect of the age of the father at conception on the incidence of autism. He used the Israeli data base (every person in Israel has to serve in the military so the intake process makes for a huge

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Divorce: Destruction versus Transformation

“The Ring of Fire” is one of Johnny Cash’s best known songs and while he was singing about falling in love, he could have just as easily been describing the experience of a litigated divorce. Litigation is a lethal force like a wild fire that consumes everything in its path: money, time, relationships, personality, children, friends, etc. A litigated divorce

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Co-Parenting: Can It Be Done?

When Mom and Dad divorce, the children frequently lose their parents in important ways. In the course of the divorce, the parents have frequently destroyed any good will that may have existed between them and they are now faced with moving into a world complicated by two households, confusing schedules, difficult communication and varying agendas. The idea of saying “No”

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Keys to Successful Mediation: Understanding Brain Wiring and the Complex Listening Dynamic by Ellen Kandell, Gloria Vanderhorst Supporting Effective Agreement Click Here to Print This Close window Mediators know all too well that their clients can take positional stances that are hostile and effectively block the creative thinking necessary to reach an equitable settlement. Positional stances taken by clients and

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The following article appeared recently in the Washington Post and gives personal information from Regina DeMeo, a family attorney in Bethesda and a Collaboratively trained expert. THE PROFESSIONALAfter a lawyer’s own split, a different approach to divorceby Ellen McCarthy It used to be all business for divorce lawyer Regina DeMeo. Her approach was always the same: “This is a partnership

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Are You Divorcing?

ARE YOU DIVORCING? CHOOSE A WAY Your marriage is in trouble and you want out. The first thing that you think about is finding a lawyer and battling your way through the process. Don’t be so quick to open the Yellow Pages. First, do some research. Divorce can be done in at least 4 ways: Pro Se, Litigation, Mediation or

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Dr. Vanderhorst

Dr. Gloria K. Vanderhorst

My work with others has taught me that change is possible at any age. In my early work with children, I learned that our brains are creative as well as vast store houses of early experiences.