Mel Schwartz, LCSW

Turning the Tide Of Negativity In Your Relationship

I find it troubling that our inclination toward criticizing one another, particularly in familial or committed partnerships, overwhelms our ability to share approval or praise.… Continue reading Turning the Tide Of Negativity In Your Relationship

Our Words Matter

I’ve been struck by how often our words fly by each other without any real sincerity to them. Have you noticed how punctuated and meaningless… Continue reading Our Words Matter

Becoming Your Authentic Self

What does it mean for someone to be truly authentic? And how many people do you know actually fit that description? Do you feel that… Continue reading Becoming Your Authentic Self

Rethinking Relationships

One of the primary problems we encounter in our relationships is due to how we envision them. Conventional advice regarding relationships and intimacy often reads like a… Continue reading Rethinking Relationships

“Who am I?” Is the Wrong Question to Ask Yourself

Many of us ask ourselves the age-old question, “Who am I?“This question presumes there might be a plausible answer, as if our identity could- or should be-… Continue reading “Who am I?” Is the Wrong Question to Ask Yourself

Why New Year’s Resolutions Tend to Fail—And How to Make Them Succeed

At this time of  year  many of us make New Year’s resolutions that over time wither and fade as we try vainly to transform some… Continue reading Why New Year’s Resolutions Tend to Fail—And How to Make Them Succeed

Breaking Free From the Groove of Old Thought

Those of us old enough to remember vinyl records-notwithstanding their recent comeback-might recall that when there was a scratch on the album, the needle sometimes… Continue reading Breaking Free From the Groove of Old Thought

Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Anxiety and Distress

In any given year approximately 40 million Americans will suffer from a debilitating encounter with anxiety. Over the course of your lifetime, there’s a 25%… Continue reading Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Anxiety and Distress

Change a Word—Change Your Life

Many years ago, I’d often fall into a recurring disagreement with my former wife. At bedtime I’d frequently find myself saying, “It’s hot in here.”… Continue reading Change a Word—Change Your Life

Designing Your Life – From the Inside Out

Throughout our life most of our attention is focused on matters that are pertinent to us since they impact us significantly. When we were young… Continue reading Designing Your Life – From the Inside Out