Cathy Johnston MA, LMFT, CST
   Relationship and Sex Therapist in Minneapolis

Create the life and relationships you want


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I often get phone calls that start something like this: a person with a well-mannered voice says, "I need someone to talk to. I'm having relationship problems." When I ask for more detail, they name some general problems. "We have a hard time communicating." Or, "we don't spend a lot of time together." They may avoid adding any more, simply asking to talk more about it when we meet. If they're feeling especially brave or desperate, they may confide "I can't believe I'm in this situation but I want to save my marriage. I did something I never thought I'd do. I had an affair and my partner found out. They've told our friends and family and I'm so embarrassed. I don't know how we'll ever get over this."

I think to myself,...

Welcome to the new normal of lots of changes in everyday life. Whatever felt challenging a few weeks ago now seems more complicated. Between the health, financial, work/career and family care complications that come with this pandemic, we're all feeling more stressed. Even something as simple as getting groceries or going out to eat requires thoughtful decisions and considerations. 

I hope these links will help you feel less stressed and more grounded as you ride this out: 

Taking Care of Our Mental Health During Uncertain TImes

 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope With Coronavirus

 And remember: "This, too, shall pass". Just not as quickly as we'd like. Take time to recognize what you're grateful for and lean on...

August 25, 2019

Here are links to informative articles about relationships and sexuality. I'll add to them as I find new ones. 

When you cheat on your partner:​

What to do if you think your child may be LGBTQ:

Esther Perel on how and why you keep having the same fight with your partner/ and what to do differently:

The Kinsey Sexuality Scale in 2019

Free mindfulness apps:

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Cathy Johnston MA, LMFT, CST


2840 Humboldt Ave S

Minneapolis MN 55408

37265 Twin Bay Dr

Crosslake MN 56442