Valentines Day isn’t just about love (or lust), it’s also about having healthy relationships. But too often Cupid swings by and we don’t pause to think about what this day really should mean. Rather than focusing on what we think we are supposed to do during this annual and overly commercialized romance ritual, we are going to explore what Valentine’s Day really should mean.
Beverly Hills based relationship expert and Pyschotherapist Barbara Neitlich, LCSW sat down to talk with us about the unique opportunity Valentine’s Day provides couples. In her opinion, this is an excellent time of year to nurture healthy relationships as well as improve upon those that may be more fragile or those that may need more than a bouquet of flowers. She provides thoughts and insights on how to make this day truly special whether you are involved in a new romance or lucky enough to be part of an ongoing, committed relationship. In this “be” Expert Interview Barbara shares:
Why couples need to look beyond the commercialism of Valentines Day to keep the holiday relevant
2 reasons why your relationship may need its own Valentines Day
Managing expectations in newer and longer term relationships
How couples should work together to provide meaning as part of a shared experience
Barbara’s advice for dealing with difficult situations if healthy relationships don’t exist
How to create an intimate, low key experience that is more meaningful than going out or getting a gift
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Before Barbara Neitlich began her career as Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she spent 10 years as a freelance makeup artist and marketing executive in the Cosmetic/Health and Beauty industry. Combining her knowledge of body image dynamics and a desire to bring positive change to help others attain healthy relationships, she returned to school obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. She was then accepted into a coveted post-graduate fellowship in child/adolescent analytic play therapy at The Reiss Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys using a mind, body, spirit approach and is mindful of its importance on the path to wellness. Barbara is an expert in the treatment of adults, adolescents and children with anxiety, depression and body image issues. Barbara also works with entertainment companies and industry professionals as a psychological evaluator and script consultant. You can learn more about how Barbara helps individuals and couples establish healthy relationships at Integral Psychotherapy.