Relationships & Marriage

Encore: Subtle Emotional Abuse

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: What constitutes emotional abuse? What are the most common patterns of subtle emotional abuse? What is the healthy response for a victim of emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk […]

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Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Posted on February 16, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Imagine choosing to live with a partner who is charming and charismatic yet you find yourself in a toxic relationship. This can happen if your partner has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Dick’s guest Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer and author of The Five Step Exit: The Skills You Need to Leave a […]

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Must Ask Questions Before Marriage

Posted on February 2, 2022 by Liz Dederich

What are the tough questions you and your partner need to explore before you commit long term? Dick’s guest is Michael Reddin, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Director at Westside Psychotherapy in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Posted on November 24, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Co-parenting after the end of a relationship can be a challenging proposition, yet it is possible to do so successfully by avoiding common mistakes. Dick’s guest is Dr. Ken Waldron, a Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years experience working with divorced families. He is also Author of several books, including “The Co-Parenting Workbook.”

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Date Smart

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Clinical Psychologist and Author, Dr. Carla Marie Manly, joins Dick to discuss tips on how to navigate dating from her latest book, Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships & Love Fearlessly.  

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Consequential Strangers

Posted on September 30, 2021 by Liz Dederich

The quality of our relationships with family and close friends may be the biggest contributor to contentment but how important is the quality of social ties with people not part of the family and close friends group? Dick’s guest is award-winning journalist Melinda Blau, who has written several books on the importance of quality relationships […]

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Adults Dealing with Toxic Parents

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

ENCORE PRESENTATION The pain of having a toxic parent doesn’t end when you grow up. What is a toxic parent? How can the adult child end or reduce the suffering a toxic parent can inflict? Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Personality Types & Relationships

Posted on March 3, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

How does the combination of different personality types affect relationships? How can the right and wrong combination of personalties help or hurt your relationship? Dick’s guest, Merrick Rosenberg, is the co-founder of Take Flight Learning and the author of The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone with a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does.

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Bringing Lessons of Singlehood to Marriage

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Freedom, independence and self-exploration are some of the benefits of being single. How can you hold onto these positives while also being in a committed relationship? Dick’s guests are Diana Gasperoni, LCSW-R and Founder of Be.Well. Psychotherapy Group and Ednisha Saulsbury, LCSW specializing in in couples therapy.

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Intimacy in the Workplace

Posted on November 4, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, Founder and CEO of Choose People Kris Boesch, explains why closeness and intimacy between employees leads to a more successful organization and how to achieve it.

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A Healthy Relationship with Yourself

Posted on September 9, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

How to enrich your life by nourishing your relationship with yourself. Dick’s guest is Kim Olver, Founder and President of Coaching for Excellence and the author of several books including Choosing Me Now: Letting go of what doesn’t work to make room for what does and Secrets of Happy Couples.

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The Keys to a Happy Marriage

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

What are the true secrets for a happy and fulfilling marriage? Dick’s guest is Kim Olver, Founder and President of Coaching for Excellence and the author of several books including Secrets of Happy Couples.

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Applying Tough Love to Marriage

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Kindness and love are not enough to make a marriage work. Sometimes looking out for number one can lead to a healthier twosome. Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with over 30 years of counseling experience.

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Coming Out of Quarantine

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

How can we take lessons and benefits from staying at home to improve our relationships and ourselves as we transition to a new normal? Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.

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Domestic Abuse During Lockdown

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

What the abused need to understand and know for self protection and survival during this crisis. Dick’s guest, Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer and author of The Five Step Exit.

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Maintaining Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.

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Healthy Relationships

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Healthy relationships are essential for good mental health. What are the components to healthy relationships and what’s the number one skill to building those relationships? Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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Skillful Parenting

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

A psychologist suggests why the recent rise in depression and anxiety in today’s youth reflects current parenting style. Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with 30 plus years of practice specializing in children and families and the author of Satisfaction in Parenting.  

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The Dating Expert

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Rich Gosse, author of nine books on dating, including The Donald Trump Syndrome: Why Women Choose the Wrong Men to Love, joins Dick to share insights into what you might not know about successfully dating today.

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Finding Your Soulmate

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

What is a soulmate? How do you find your soulmate? Is a happy, fulfilling relationship guaranteed? Dick’s guest is Judith Costa, a life coach, author, speaker and psychotherapist.

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Negative People and How to Successfully Deal with Them

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Dr. Tina Hallis, author of Sharpen Your Positive Edge, shares who these negative people are, what effects they can have on other people and 7 tips to stay immune.

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Domestic Abuse

Posted on June 6, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Domestic abuse affects all classes, races and genders. An expert and a survivor of domestic abuse share their experiences and insights on this subject. Dick’s guests are Faye Zemel, Director of Prevention and Community Programs for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and Keena Atkinson, a survivor of domestic abuse.

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Living with a Personality Disordered Partner

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Why do people choose such a troubled partner? How can they cope with the challenges in relationships with a partner who has a personality disorder? When is it best to get out? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jim McGloin, has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling.  

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PreMarital Counseling by Professionals

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Premarital counseling is often required by the clergy who will soon perform the ceremony. However, couples in premarital counseling by licensed therapists is growing. What questions are raised in professional premarital counseling? What are the red flags that suggest caution? Dick’s guest is Linda Lewis Griffith, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of […]

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May December Marriage

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Approximately 10% of marriages are between people 11 years or more apart in age. What are the unique problems as well as the benefits of May December marriage? Dick’s guest, Linda Lewis Griffith is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the author of two books and numerous articles in the field of marriage […]

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Elements of a Successful Marriage

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Liz Dederich

How you choose your mate may be as important as what you do once you’re married to make a successful marriage. How do you choose the right mate? What can you do to make marriage richer and more fulfilling? Dick’s guests are Dr. Jim McGloin and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lesa Fischer, who have 50 years of […]

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Enhancing Relationships

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest offers numerous ideas on how to improve relationships and how to transform yourself in the process. Susan Young is a motivational speaker, lecturer and author of “Release the Power of Re3: 77 Ways to Create Positive Change & Transformation.”

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Lessons from Couples Counseling

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Liz Dederich

In explaining how he helps couples, Dick Goldberg, LCSW and host of Insights, shares some of his methods in couples counseling that can help get past anger and move to “companionate” love. Guest host Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights.

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Subtle Emotional Abuse

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Liz Dederich

What constitutes emotional abuse? What are the most common patterns of subtle emotional abuse? What is the healthy response for a victim of emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.

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When Women Abuse Men

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Liz Dederich

It happens more often than expected. Why does it happen? How often is it actually physical vs. emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.  

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The Five Love Languages

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Liz Dederich

For all of us, we feel loved by one of five love languages. Knowing which one you and your partner respond to is critical to a successful relationship. Dick’s guest is Susan Young, author, lecturer and motivational speaker.

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Hooking Up on Campus

Posted on March 30, 2016 by TSC Admin

Is this the new normal? What’s it all about? Is it healthy? Dick’s guest is Dr. Kathleen Bogle, author of “Hooking Up on Campus: Sex, Dating & Relationships on Campus.”

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Finding Your Best Mate

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Liz Dederich

It’s much more than checking items off a list. Dr. Jim McGloin joins Dick to discuss the tricks, traps and whatever to avoid in finding your life partner.

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Leaving Toxic Relationships

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Liz Dederich

Thinking about Leaving a Toxic Relationship?  In this podcast, clinical sociologist Amber Ault, author of The Five Step Exit, discusses how to leave a toxic partner. Amber begins the discussion by describing the toxic partner: “Partners who are toxic..are very inclined to do something we call intermittent reinforcement.  They are nice sometimes. Sometimes they are great […]

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Polyamorous Relationships

Posted on February 3, 2016 by TSC Admin

How common are they? How is it possible they work out? Dick’s guest is Lesa Fischer, a psychotherapist who emphasizes couples counseling and currently has 15 clients in polyamorous relationships.

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Posted on November 25, 2015 by Liz Dederich

Understanding and parenting children through pre-adolescence, adolescence and college age years. Dick’s guest is author, family and child psychologist and Psychology Today columnist Dr. Carl Pickhardt, who wrote “Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence.”  

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When to Divorce

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Liz Dederich

When to divorce? With over half of marriages ending in divorce, are people too quick to call it quits? When should you work and fight for your marriage and when to divorce? In this podcast,Dr. Jim McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling and Lesa Fischer, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker discuss […]

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Invasive Parenting

Posted on December 17, 2014 by TSC Admin

Invasive parenting is more and more common in America. Why is it happening and how is it affecting these kids as they grow up? Dick’s guest wrote the groundbreaking book “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting.” Hara Estroff Marano is also editor-at-large of Psychology Today and author of many articles as […]

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Gay Marriage Today

Posted on April 16, 2014 by TSC Admin

In what areas are straight and gay marriage very different and where are they the same? What has changed the most over the years? Dick’s guests are Reverend Eldonna Hazen, Minister of the  First Congregational United Church of Christ and performs pre-marital counseling as part of her duties, and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, a psychologist at the […]

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When Your Life Partner is Troubled

Posted on April 2, 2014 by TSC Admin

What is the impact on one partner when the other has mental health issues? How do you deal with a depressed, anxious or addicted mate? Lauren Papp, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Dick’s guest. For more information about Professor Papp, please visit

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Posted on March 5, 2014 by TSC Admin

Are secrets always a bad idea or is it sometimes wise to keep them locked away? Dick’s guest, Dr. Tamara Affifi is an expert in family communications and has researched and written on the subject of privacy, secrets, disclosure and avoidance. She is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

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Premarital Counseling by Clergy

Posted on February 19, 2014 by TSC Admin

Exploring the benefits of examining the strengths and challenges of an impending marriage with your clergy. Is it a must or can the truly happy couple just head to the altar? Dick’s guests are Reverend Michael Schuler, longtime senior minister of one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in America and Reverend Eldonna Hazen, newly […]

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Helping Others in Emotional Crisis

Posted on October 2, 2013 by TSC Admin

How do you help someone experiencing an emotional crisis, such as depression, alcohol abuse, an eating disorder or being suicidal? Dick’s guests, Cindy Johnson and Dan Muxfeld, talk about Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The eight-hour, nationwide […]

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The “Good” Divorce With Kids

Posted on January 31, 2013 by TSC Admin

Psychologist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Ken Waldron returns to discuss the best and most productive ways to deal with disputes over children and custody in divorce.

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The “Good” Divorce

Posted on January 22, 2013 by TSC Admin

While divorce always involves loss, stress and pain, there are techniques and ideas that can buffer these issues, as well as make a favorable long term outcome more likely. Psychologist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Ken Waldron shares his experience and knowledge from 30 years in this field.

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Successful Dating: 10 Vital Tips

Posted on January 1, 2013 by TSC Admin

In this to-the-point 15 minute podcast Dick shares ten tips that will increase your chances of finding a great life partner. The ideas are the basis of a workshop offered to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Premarital Counseling

Posted on December 6, 2012 by TSC Admin

Why do it? Who should get it? How do marriage counselors work compared to clergy? Dr. Don Ferguson, author of “Reptiles in Love”, long term couples’ counselor and premarital workshop leader shares his knowledge and experience. For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit

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Effective Couples Counseling

Posted on September 5, 2012 by TSC Admin

All couples have their struggles but when is help from a couples counselor in order? Dick explores what techniques effective counselors use and how to know if your counselor is right or wrong for you. Dick’s guest, Dr. Don Ferguson is the author of the book “Reptiles in Love” and has been counseling couples for […]

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Couples and Toxic Fighting

Posted on August 23, 2012 by TSC Admin

Understanding why nice people in loving relationships can have nasty toxic fights. Dick’s guest is Dr. Don Ferguson, author of the book “Reptiles in Love”. The book takes an in-depth look at why almost all couples experience this toxic fighting and how to navigate conflicts more productively. Dr. Ferguson has been counseling couples for 30 […]

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Part 2: Relationship Enhancement

Posted on July 11, 2012 by TSC Admin

Psychologist Dr. Deborah Hoffman returns to continue the discussion of ways to make your marriage or intimate relationship a greater source of joy and love.

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Relationship Enhancement

Posted on July 7, 2012 by TSC Admin

Facts, techniques and ideas to bring more joy, less conflict and more love to your relationship. Dr. Deborah Hoffman, psychologist, past UW-Madison faculty and author of “The Win-Win in Relationship Workshop – Steps to True Intimacy” discusses how to enhance your relationship.

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Affairs and Repairs

Posted on June 4, 2012 by TSC Admin

Why do affairs happen? How common are they? Is a relationship repairable after the affair is over? Dr. Deborah Hoffman, psychologist and past University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member with 30 years of experience counseling couples, explores these issues with Dick. For more information on Dr. Deborah Hoffman, please visit:

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Stress Management

Posted on March 14, 2012 by TSC Admin

We all have stress. Some is toxic and some is healthy. Author, expert and lecturer Patricia Clason returns to help us learn to react to stress in a healthier way. For more information about this topic or Patricia Clason, please visit

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Managing Anger: Yours and Others

Posted on March 7, 2012 by TSC Admin

Dr. Darald Hanusa has 33 years of experience treating abusive men and counseling their survivors. He travels nationally, lecturing on domestic violence and anger management, as well as training therapists on this topic.

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Forgiveness: The Science and The Benefits

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Forgiveness is really for the benefit of the person injured. So many people suffer for many years from their anger at those who hurt them. Dick’s guest, UW professor Dr. Robert Enright is the author of seven books on forgiveness and the founder and director of the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc.

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Social Skills “Secrets”

Posted on February 6, 2012 by TSC Admin

How to be a more likeable person. Therapist, author and “Insights” host Dick Goldberg shares “The Ten Simple Secrets of Being Liked By Almost Everybody”, from his published article on social skills. This information can enhance your confidence with others, your social life,and even your marriage.

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Men Who Batter

Posted on November 28, 2011 by TSC Admin

Why do some men resort to physical violence with their partner? Why do women pick these guys and why do they stay with them? What stops this domestic violence and can men be “cured”? Dick’s guest, Dr. Darald Hanusa is a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) in Clinical Social Work and is licensed in the State of […]

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