COVID-19: Relationship Do’s and Don’ts During Quarantine

With Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer

Our closest relationships look a bit different these days. Our partners went from companions to our best friend, our therapist, our co-worker, and sometimes our parent or additional child at times. We are with them 24/7 navigating a global crisis all while doing our best. And it can be hard. Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer is helping couples and families not only survive these times, but thrive. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, I talk with Michael all about how to communicate in a way that creates connection instead of discourse. We discuss building relationships and using this time of social isolation to strengthen bonds and make repairs and how to both meet your partner’s needs and meet your own. 

I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. What are the stressors that couples are encountering during this unprecedented times
    (2:40)
  2. How our personalities change during stressful times
    (6:50)
  3. A stress-relieving exercise
    (15:20)
  4. How to deal with a partner who did not grow up in a household with good communication
    (20:50)
  5. The importance of making repairs in relationships
    (31:45 )
  6. What a gratitude practice looks like in relationships
    (33:55)
  7. What are love maps?
    (36:15)
  8. How to carve out alone time in our schedules even when we are together 24/7 (literally)
    (42:30)
  9. How can people with avoidance attachment styles cultivate connection during this time?
    (48:20)
  10. Why couples don't necessarily need to be 50/50 all the time
    ( 1:00:33)
  11. The importance of self-talk
    (1:03:50 )
  12. The difference between traditional therapy and those trained in the Gottman Method and the importance of therapy
    (1:11:30)
  13. How to learn more about Michael
    (1:18:00)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer has been in  practice for over 15 years, helping clients to explore and resolve relationship issues, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

He incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, Mindfulness Practice, Narrative Therapy and Attachment Theory, which looks at the ways in which childhood experiences may affect one’s relationship to themselves and others.

Michael specializes in Couples Therapy and is certified in the Gottman Method, a practical approach that helps couples strengthen their friendship, repair after a fight, and compromise without giving up core needs.

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