Love Principle for Parents

Stress follows us home! Or in some cases, it walks through the door with a gym bag wreaking of wrestling gear, sweat and half eaten lunch. Stress throws tantrums because you refuse to allow your fifteen year old to date a 24 year old or simply because your teens want to ruin your day. Sound…

The Strength of being

The Invitation by Oriah It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love…

Keeping Sane when visiting Family

The type of car you drive may reflect your ability to stay sane during the holidays. As a therapist there is one piece of advice I give to my clients, and it’s simple. Be a convertible. A two seat car has maneuverability and is not built to carry multiple passengers with all their issues and…

11 Very Good Reasons to go to Therapy

Because there’s nothing wrong with seeking help. Posted By Lindsay Holmes on Huffington Post, March 2017 Therapy is so much more than sitting on a couch. Misconceptions abound about what it means to talk to a mental health professional. The need to talk about your emotions is seen as something to poke fun at, weak or shameful. That stigma…

How to Heal for Domestic Violence Abuse Survivors

First off, let me qualify this article by saying, “I wish someone sent this to me when I was recovering from the BLOW of Domestic Violence.” You may not even categorize yourself as a battered woman, but then again you may just be one without the bruises. Abuse has 5 categories: Sexual, Mental, Emotional, Physical…

4 Keys to Keeping Calm during Divorce

4 Keys to Keeping Calm during Divorce By Jessica Gaffney, MSW Are you going through a divorce?  Does it feel like a long drawn out process? Are you trying to maintain a positive attitude in public, but inside you feel full of fear, anger and confusion? Divorcing couples often experience a breakdown in communication, the…

The Emotional Trauma of Pending Divorce

Some marriages end suddenly while others seem to fall apart over a long period of time. Regardless of your circumstances, if you are dealing with a separation or divorce this is probably a very difficult period in your life. If your marriage is dying you are likely feeling a multitude of intense emotions ranging from […]

Healing from Post-Abortion

Women and teens who have lost a child due to abortion can feel captive to toxic emotions, but they do not have to stay there. If you are ready to take some simple steps toward healing from the emotions that remind you of what happened here are some helpful tips using the LOVE Principle: find…

About Jessica Gaffney, MSW

We all yearn for peace in our lives, but sometimes it seems impossible. At the Love Institute we develop tools and strengthen relationships through counseling and coaching, couples, parents, and teens.