Coping With Coronavirus: Your Relationship In Quarantine

Hello all! I hope you’re hanging in there and being safe, unlike my parents who refuse to follow any of the goddamn guidelines and are GIVING ME ANXIETY. Just kidding, but not really. It’s been a tough week and I’ve been experiencing a lot of emotions. A lot of big feelings. I cried during an entire Disney song playlist because nostalgia, isolation, and watching my cool ass toddler dance to the same songs I loved as a kid, is apparently a recipe for tears.

Unpopular opinion: Disney movies are lovely and like super fucked up. Who writes these? Lion King, uncle murders the dad. Beauty and the Beast, a gnarly case of Stockholm Syndrome. Like, what!? The newer ones are getting way better though, and less creepy. And regardless of how bizarre the older cartoons were, I still love them. Anyway, as I was saying, this week has been hard. It’s been hard on my already complicated marriage, too, so it was really helpful to talk with my aunt, Kellie, who happens to also be a marriage therapist. No, I don’t talk about my relationship because that would be weird and also I have my own therapist for that, but here advice was great and is helping me stay sane and also not stab my husband. Winning!

You’re Gonna Be Great, Episode Three: Coping With Coronavirus: Your Relationship In Quarantine with Kellie Clement.

It’s not easy to cohabitate under “normal” circumstances but it’s sure as hell a lot harder during a global pandemic. Are we going to see the divorce rate skyrocket? Did our partner always chew this loud? In this episode of You’re Gonna Be Great! Gottman trained therapist, Kellie Clement, LCSW, explains how we can get through quarantine with our sanity and relationships intact (and maybe even improve a little along the way).

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I hope yall are enjoying the podcasts. I’m still learning a lot and I misspeak and freeze up but I think I’m slowly getting the hang of this new medium for content. If you can, please share,  subscribe and review on iTunes. It means the world to me. Remember, I’m a freelance writer, artist, and small business owner. COVID-19 is hitting me hard and any and all support is massively helpful right now.

Episode Resources

The Gottman Institute: Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. For nearly four decades he has conducted research on all facets of relationships, including parenting issues. At the Institute, in collaboration with Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, he developed an approach that not only supports and repairs troubled marriages and committed relationships, but strengthens happy ones. The Gottman Institute provides live workshops and take-home training materials for couples, while The Gottman Referral Network provides therapy referrals to couples.

Yale Happiness Course: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/health/yale-happiness-course-wellness/index.html

About Kellie Clement

I am one of a small handful of Certified Gottman Relationship Therapists in the Intermountain West. Over the years, I’ve provided direct service to hundreds of couples, in various settings, from all walks of life. My style is warm, open, unconditionally accepting and occasionally humorous.

A little more about me: I was raised mostly in Ogden, Utah but graduated high school in Durango, Colorado. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration and Health Promotion from Weber State University and worked for a number of years in public health with Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and the Utah Department of Health. I later returned to school to earn a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. During and after graduate school, I worked for the University of Utah in the substance abuse field with adolescents and adults. I went on to enjoy the privilege of working with the Institute on Aging in San Francisco assisting elderly and disabled individuals to live independently in their community. I returned to Salt Lake City to work for several years at Huntsman Cancer Institute, and helped countless patients and their family members cope with their cancer experience. It was here I found my love for helping couples have more intimate, loving and meaningful relationships during difficult times. I also grew adept in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health issues.

You can contact Kellie here.

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