Couple Relationship Tune-Up

By Laura Eubanks Gambrel, Ph.D., LMFT

With February upon us, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. One day a year is not enough to focus on your relationship! As research suggests, small daily acts matter more to the health of a relationship than grand gestures at anniversaries, holidays, or birthdays. Just like we take cars for their 50,000 mile tune-up to make sure everything is working properly, it is much easier to “tune-up” your relationship, than to fix it after it is broken.  So, while love is in the air, take the time to recommit to working on your relationship every day, not just February 14th. Here are a just few suggestions to keep your relationship going strong:
  1. Appreciate the Positive – Consciously focus on the good things your partner does and acknowledge at least two of them every day. The more your partner feels appreciated for the little things he or she does – making you coffee in the morning, washing the dishes, working hard to provide for the family – the more he or she will continue to do those things.
  2. Set a Weekly Date Night – Research has shown that couples who have dinner together once a week and focus on their relationship (not the kids, or bills, or work) are happier and stay together longer. Though it may be difficult, carve the time out of your schedule to spend together.  Even if you can’t go out every week, order pizza, light some candles, and enjoy reconnecting with each other - it will make a difference. 
  3. Engage in New Activities Together – Remember the spark you felt when you first met your partner or spouse? Bring it back by doing something novel and exciting together – take a painting class, go snowboarding, try out that new whiskey bar, attend a lecture at an art museum, or take dancing lessons. By doing fun and interesting things together you’ll see each other in a new way, keeping your relationship fresh and fun. 
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Laura Eubanks Gambrel, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an office at The Resiliency Center. To learn more about her practice or to schedule an appointment, contact her at or 267-518-8035.

Workshops to Support Adolescents Adopted from China

by Tracey Smith-Diggs

On January18, 2014, Wellness W.R.K.S. L.L.C. started our series of workshops for adopted Chinese tween girls and their parents. Working with this population and their families has always been a passion of mine. Over 81,000 Chinese children, almost all of them girls, have been adopted and placed in the United States during the last two decades.

Adolescent girls, in general, often experience risk factors and challenges such as peer pressure, low self-esteem and preoccupation with body image however; adopted teens are also faced with issues such as bonding, attachment, identity and race. In doing the research, I have found that a high level of wellness helps these girls to improve school performance, develop life skills, practice positive behaviors and improve their interactions with their family and friends. 

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Art Therapist Bethany Stiltner joins The Resiliency Center this month!

The Resiliency Center is happy to welcome Registered Art Therapist Bethany Stiltner to our community of practitioners. Bethany Stiltner is an art psychotherapist who integrates mindfulness, music, and play in a client centered approach in the creative arts therapy process. As a former professional photographer with an interest in using the creative arts for social change and restoration, Bethany works with clients to find their voice in the midst of crisis, transition, trauma, identity development, and personal growth.

Bethany holds a Master’s degree in Creative Arts in Therapy from Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her experience includes over six years working as an art therapist with children and families in their homes, in the community, and in hospital settings as well as using the arts while providing in-home companionship to older adults. Currently, Bethany provides creative arts groups in an inpatient setting for those in acute crisis who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.

Bethany strives to continue learning various techniques and interventions to meet the needs of her clients including hand drumming interventions for empowerment, relaxation, and overcoming disabilities; phototherapy; play therapy; and mindfulness approaches. As art is a universal tool for communication and healing, she assists clients in co-creating a path to healing and recovery from a wide range of circumstances. She works with clients of all ages and looks forward to supporting you in your journey.

To benefit from creative arts in therapy, you don’t need to be an artist – no talent required! To learn more and/or to schedule an appointment with Bethany, contact her at 610-247-7935 or

Open House with Dr. Tetlow 

Wednesday, 2/26 at 7:00 pm. 

Breaking news! We're excited to to be expanding our hours to include Tuesday afternoons starting in February. To celebrate, Dr. Georgia Tetlow is sponsoring an open house. Join us for a night of connecting, sharing information about Integrative Medicine, raffles, discounted supplements and more! We’ll be raffling off supplements as well as three Micronutrient Tests

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Join Our Community of Practitioners!

The Resiliency Center is seeking additional healthcare and healing arts professionals to join our community of independent practitioners. Specialties sought include nutrition, acupuncture, psychiatry, and other body-focused healing modalities. Even if your specialty is not one mentioned, any practitioner seeking the support, inspiration, and collaboration available in a community of healthcare professionals is encouraged to contact Resiliency Center Director Elizabeth Venart to learn more. She can be reached at or 215-542-5004. 
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Upcoming Events & Programs

Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, 2/5, 9-10:30 am, Cost: $10
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Group Tapping Session

Wednesday, 2/26, 7-8 pm
Cost: $10

Join Delia Nessim, MFT, as she shares EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a powerful energy tool to release stress and emotions that get trapped in the body. Each participant will get an opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing (pain relief, resentment, anger, etc.).  The rest of the group can borrow benefits by tapping along. 

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Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm

2014 Workshop Sessions
10 Weeks for $400
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11.
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Infant Massage Educators – Monthly Practitioner Gathering

4th Sunday of each month, 3:30-5 pm
Learn more by contacting Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife
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Restorative Pilates

Tuesdays at 12pm
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Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wed. 2/19, 7:30-9:30 pm 

Curious about our interconnection and about connection with Spirit? Join me for this discussion on Rumi and Hafiz. I will share a few of my favorite pieces and invite you to lend your inspirations and insights. Please also feel free to bring your own favorite poems by Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers (with copies to share).
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The Creative Writers Group

2nd Wednesday 2/12, 7-9pm
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Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10 am 
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Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 1/11, 10-11:30am
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Quotes of the Month

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved."
– Victor Hugo

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions – the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.”  
– Brene Brown
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