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You know that couple. The one that seems so happy and so in love, even after they have kids. (Lol) They are the envy of others. They want to be together. They want to sit at the dinner table next to each other. They talk to each other. These couples are happy and healthy. But how do they do it? What’s their secret? It must be natural to them. No that is not true. To
Hey!  You!  Yes you….do you know what your personal comfort zone is right now?  Comfort zone is defined as “a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. “ [Alasdair A. K. White “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management”] Do you like that safe comfortable feeling of familiarity, relying on routines and daily patterns to feel
Ahh Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love. From chocolate to jewelry to romantic dinners, who doesn’t enjoy a nice Valentine’s gift? But, somewhere along the way we lost the true meaning of this day. It isn’t about the chocolate, or the jewelry, or romantic dinners, it is really about reminding each other of your love for one another. Yes of course, gifts are nice but how can you really let your mate know how
Preparing for the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year for couples. From planning who to give gifts to, and budgeting for the gifts and shopping for them, couples need to de-stress more than ever. Not to mention, deciding on how to divide up your time with each family, or if you have in-laws, how to find time to celebrate with both or just one this year and the next
I recently read an article on Huff Post, written by Laura Doyle titled, ‘6 Reasons Why Marriage Counseling is BS’. I thought the title was creative, and it made me want to read it, especially given I am a marriage counselor. It turns out the author, makes some preposterous claims about the nature of genuine marriage counseling. While she may be a best-selling author and relationship coach, she is clearly not trained as a marriage
Ready for a change in your relationship? Have you been looking for a retreat or some type of workshop that can help you communicate better? Perhaps you have found some couples retreats or workshops online, but they are too far away, too expensive, or none of them really work for your schedule. How about a one-day local relationship workshop open to singles and couples that is on a Saturday? You don’t have to take off
It’s that time of year again. Last week we  celebrated  freedom and independence in America. Fireworks, grilling, beach and pool time, and spending time together with family friends is what the holiday is all about. Now that we have  grilled the  burgers and enjoyed the holiday celebration, I want to take some time and reflect on the difference between healthy independence versus being interdependent in your relationship. Is being independent a good thing? Yes of
I don’t know about you but I am counting down the days to summer! I am ready for my kids to be done with school and finish their after-school activities. I am exhausted from all the driving around, homework, tests and projects! May is always a very busy month with end of the year shows, awards and parties at school. I am looking forward to the lazy days of summer and being able to sit
Jessica Marchena, LMHC has been studying and learning Emotionally Focused Therapy for the past 4 years. She has found it to be very effective in helping couples reconnect and rekindle their love.  In an article on Thrive Family Services, Jessica is featured and explains why EFT is so great!  Find out why Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is so great and why couples choose this type of therapy! 9+ Great Things about EFT-Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Jessica Marchena, LMHC & Sabrina Bennardo, LCSW, co-founders of the NEW Heart Connection Center are featured in Mompreneur Monday’s article in Modern Boca Mom Magazine.  Click Here to see the article!