Body & Soul

Murphy’s Love:

Dear Stacy:

My sister-in-law and I are great friends. We live near one another and spend a lot of time ...

Healers Behind the Still Point Spas Host Toma Skin Therapies Pop-Up Party

On Monday night, guests at Luxxery Express were treated to massages and skin care from the folk at Still Point Spas.

Murphy’s Love

"My husband, the father of my three children, is cheating on me...."

Take It Outside: Summer Activities

Tour de Georgetown

By Natalie Koltun

With miles of shady trails and scenic views, D.C., offers a variety of ...

Rah, Rah, Raw Food

The beauty of eating mainly raw fruits, vegetables and legumes is you can turn your oven off for the summer ...

Murphy’s Love: More Is Not Always Merrier

Dear Stacy:

My husband and I have been trying for baby #3 for about a year. We had quick pregnancies ...

Murphy’s Love: Her Therapy or Our Therapy?

Dear Stacy:

My wife reads your column, so I am hoping you and I can work together to convince her ...

Murphy’s Love: When Venting Becomes Addictive

Dear Stacy:

My friend/coworker is going through a bad divorce. She was struggling for a long time before they ...

Murphy’s Love: Dear Storied

Dear Stacy:

I had a pretty promiscuous period in my late teens and early 20s, when I dated a lot ...

Murphy’s Love: Dear Disappointed

Dear Stacy:

I am struggling with my relationship with my elementary school-aged daughter. She is my firstborn and we have ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships:Looking Out for Cousin

Dear Stacy:

My cousin has been divorced for two years (after a 15-year marriage) and is starting to date again ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

I’m a stay-at-home mother of three whose husband works a very busy, very “important” job. He is ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships March 26, 2014

Dear Stacy:

I am a college student who has no interest in drinking. A friend of mine was killed in ...

Wait, you can get married where!?

Washington offers many beautiful, historic sites for tourists and residents alike, several of which could also serve as the backdrop ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: My wife and I have a pretty great marriage. We have been together for more than 10 years ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: How do you know when you have met “the one” person you are meant to be with? I ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: This year I am resolving to do some things differently when it comes to my personal life. I ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: I am a 20-something woman living in D.C. with a great job, good friends and a nice ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: There are a lot of great things in my life. I enjoy my work, and I have a ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: My live-in boyfriend of two years and I have been having trouble for about six months. We argue ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: I am writing on behalf of a friend going through a nasty divorce. He decided to lease an ...

A New Way to ‘Vanquish’ Stubborn Body Fat

DC Derm Docs showed off a new technology that melts fat in the body during an office reception downtown.

Hair Mecca: George at the Four Seasons Gets an Updo

When the government was shut down earlier this month, George at the Four Seasons Salon keep clipping along with its ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships October 23,2013

DEAR STACY:

My relationship with my daughter-in-law is very difficult. She lost her own mother at a young age and ...

Living In Pink: Michele Conley

Michele Conley speaks lovingly of her “phenomenal” friends, a couple who have adopted four young, in-need children. She gushes at ...

Murphy’s Love

DEAR STACY: I am a divorced woman in my late 40s. I never wanted to be in this situation, but ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

I am writing because I know I need to say something to my son, I’m just collecting ...

Rockin’ a Work-Out: Tips From a Pro

It’s August. Six months ago, some of us were making New Years resolutions to work out more, but, as ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: I hate my job. I have hated this job for years. I am at my breaking point. The ...

D.C.’s Themed Runs: a Winning Trend – and Yours to Win

Home to everything from gourmet cupcakes to rooftop bars, D.C. is fertile ground for new trends to take root ...

Waters, Waters Everywhere

We’ve all seen the water bottles that count milligrams to help you consume the recommended daily 2-3 liters of ...

Murphy's Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: I am in a long distance relationship with a man who works overseas. We dated a long time ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: I am asking this on behalf of a friend (no, really, I am). He was in a long-term ...

The Damage is Done: Hair Repair in the Summer

Some of the best days of summer are those spent bumming it at the beach, the lake or the pool ...

Exotic Extract Proven to Help Weight-Loss

Say hello to garcinia cambogia, a plant indigenous to the southeast of Asia and a proven appetite suppressor and energy ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

*I know this isn’t likely to get a response when I need it, but it’s still ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: I’m a divorced, single mom of one young child. It’s been three years since my (not-so-amicable ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: Is sex addiction a real thing? I recently found out my fiancé has been cheating on me. He ...

Georgetown Garden Tour 2013

On Saturday, May 11, the annual Georgetown Garden Tour, presented by the Georgetown Garden Club, will open a select number ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY:

My husband and I are at odds on how to talk to our 5-year-old son about my brother ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: Both my husband’s family and my own live in different states than we do. My family comes ...

Murphy's Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: My wife and I are expecting our second child this summer. I work full time (usually a 12-hour ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

I think I said something wrong and now my friend’s therapist is mad at me. Long story ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: I am really worried about my younger sister. She seems to move from relationship to relationship (more specifically ...

Weekend Round Up February 28, 2013

From "Kids in the Kitchen" and tea at Tudor Place to the Cathedral Choral Society and Capital Wine Festival, your event list is set.

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY: My life is a mess. My job, my relationship with my boyfriend, the house I try to keep ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY, I will be getting married this summer and have been having the hardest time planning the wedding. I ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy: I’ve been single for about 10 months following a breakup with the guy I dated throughout college ...

Sexercising Your Way Through Winter

Did I say “sex”? Blush.

Well, yes, I did.

Exercise. Health. These words are no fun. They have you should-ing ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: My fiancé and I are getting married next year. I was in a serious relationship just before he ...

Avoiding the Holiday 7

The holidays are looming closer, with the promise of holiday parties, alcohol and copious amounts of food. Here comes the ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: *We are facing a tricky holiday situation that’s only going to get worse every year unless we ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy,

My family needs some help navigating the holidays. We are a newly blended family. I have two kids ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY,

My family needs some help navigating the holidays. We are a newly blended family. I have two kids ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY,

My friend is getting married in the spring. He and his fiancée asked me to do a reading ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY,

I would like to comment on a recent column about an underemployed husband (Murphy’s Love, Oct. 3 ...

Keep Your Skin Looking Great All Winter Long

As the autumn and winter months arrive, so do the pictur- esque reds, oranges, and yellows of fall, and the ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY,

I am a fit, healthy, 29-year-old woman and I hate dating in DC. It seems like in any ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

DEAR STACY, My husband promised to get a vasectomy once we were done having children. Baby no. 3 just turned ...

Murphy’s Love: The Emotional Chaos of Unemployment

DEAR STACY,

My husband was laid off from his job last year and spent eight months looking for some- thing ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy, Well, here we are again – another unceremonious breakup. This time I really thought things were going well, and ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: My boyfriend and I have been together 4 years. We have had some major downs where his drinking ...

MURPHY’S LOVE

DEAR STACY:

I married a man who I knew had different political views than I did. For a long time ...

Murphy’s Love: Love, Actually

DEAR STACY:

We just had our first baby and I have zero energy for anything. My husband and I are ...

MURPHY’S LOVE: On Tough Questions, Loneliness and Desserts

DEAR STACY:

My boyfriend of four years just moved into my apartment in February. This is a big step for ...

Be Ready To Bare

Like most of you, bikini season has once again snuck up on me, left me unprepared to be bare, and ...

Timely Decision for a Summer Suit Season

It goes by many names. Cottage cheese, orange peel, hail damage. But whatever you call it, cellulite has been a ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy: I am married to a smart, beautiful woman. We have a young daughter and live in the city ...

College Kids Don’t Know How to ‘Do It’

First, Rush Limbaugh was shocked that Georgetown law students had sex (much less found time to). Then, just last week ...

Murphy's Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: My sister, “Sally,” is going through a separation. She and her husband of 19 years, “Tim,” split up ...

Between the Sheets: His Time Alone

One of the questions most frequently asked by women is, “Why does my boyfriend/husband still masturbate when we have ...

Murphy's Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Mourning the school lottery results; having a husband who chooses exercise over family time.

In Between the sheets

Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing better than taking a trip with that special someone, spending the day seeing ...

Murphy's Love

This week, Stacy Murphy offers more advice in answer to our interpersonal queries: Her status updates make his blood boil, and how to navigate your friends' new marriage.

Between the Sheets: To Wed or Not to Wed?

There are more people talking about the value and sanctity of marriage than there are actually people standing before one another saying, “I do.” Recent studies that revealed that marriage rates were down in the United States — lower than they’ve ever been, in fact.

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

How do you tell your new partner that you have a disorder? Why do the holidays seem to reignite the passion among old flames? With a professional eye for our personal challenges, Stacy Murphy weighs in.

Between the Sheets

Greetings and welcome to 2012! I hope you have had a wonderful holiday and celebrated the New Year in your ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

I am a working mom in her 30s. My marriage is strong. My family ties are good. I ...

Give The Greatest Gift: You

Chrismahanukwanzakah is upon us once again, and regardless of your religious beliefs or cultural traditions, December can be a wonderfully ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy,

My younger sister just announced that she is pregnant, following a short relationship with a guy she is ...

Thankful to be Thankful

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we are reminded to give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy,

I am writing about something that happened several months ago, but it’s not getting any better, so ...

In Between the sheets: A Turn-On for Old People

Phyllis Diller sure has an imagination, doesn’t she? “The best contraceptive for old people is nudity.” What was she ...

Murphy's Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

**Dear Stacy,

My husband has lost his job. I have been doling out extra hugs, pats on the back, etc ...

Between the sheets: The Secret World of STDs in Assisted Living Facilities

For what seems like forever, I’ve been working to raise awareness about the alarming increase in STDs in the ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy: First the good news: we got engaged! Now the bad news: both sets of parents are already starting ...

In Between the Sheets: Dating is Like Job Hunting

Living in D.C. is a lot like living under a rock and living in the public eye, all at ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Stacy Notaras Murphy answers readers' questions about love and relationships.

Health Blogs 101: Where to go for the Best Recipes and Advice

Bridget Belfield picks her favorite recipes from health food blogs.

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is TherapyGeorgetown.com. This column is meant for entertainment only, and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Please send your relationship questions to stacy@georgetowner.com.

Sex Over Fifty

Dr. Dorree Lynn, PhD, is a psychologist and life coach in Georgetown and author of Sex for Grownups: Dr. Dorree Reveals the Truths, Lies, and Must-Tries for Great Sex After 50. She is AARP’s Media “Sexpert” and has been featured on ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and VH1. Visit her website: DrDorreeLynn.com.

Scandinavian Midsummer: Feast the Night Away

Swedish cuisine is the ultimate “nouvelle” cuisine. It is simple, fresh, and is naturally local and seasonal. It’s elegant, yet down-to-earth, which is also a perfect description of the Swedish people, and even Swedish design.

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Stacy gives relationship advice for wives of gamers and those affected by recession.

Granny Gets Her Groove On

Growing up should be fun. It should be exciting to get old, if for no other reason than it gives us an opportunity to cut loose with nothing to lose. There’s no reason why we can’t look sexy, even if we’re faking it. We still feel sexy. We still think about sex. We still enjoy having sex! There is no rule that says you have to be old just because you’ve gotten older!

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy:

My wife and I have separated after 12 years of marriage. We have done the whole couples counseling ...

Acupuncture: A Tradition of Wellbeing

“You might bend down to pick up a pen and hurt your back, but that’s not why you hurt your back,” says Sung Up Hong. “There is a history and a reason behind that problem with deeper roots than what you see and feel on the outside.” That is the goal of acupuncture, says Hong, a third-generation licensed acupuncturist: to find the root cause of the problem and treat the patient holistically.

The Raw Food Revolution: Green Yourself

In April of 2009, Elizabeth Petty was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began eating a raw food diet and, now cancer free, has merged her career with her lifestyle, creating a platform to raise awareness of this remarkable, beneficial approach to health.

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Dear Stacy,

I find myself in an awkward situation. My stepbrother (my stepmom’s son) is getting married to a wonderful woman and my husband and I couldn't be more thrilled. The problem? She is turning into a bit of a bridezilla

Spring Cleaning: Sprucing Up Your Heart, Mind and Soul

Spring is the time of year I make an assessment of my life, my achievements, my mistakes, and how my ...

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

Hi Stacy, I was in a very intense relationship on and off for nearly eight years with a woman who ...

Eat More Fiber? That Depends!

The Harvard study found that, “dietary fiber may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases,” published ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy,

I have been married six years and have two kids: a daughter who is four and a son ...

Revolutionary Eating

We have all heard the cautions to avoid processed foods—those grocery items with long, incomprehensible ingredient lists. However, the ...

The Science of Slimming, Satisfying, Sumptuous Soups

I love soups… Warm… Filling… Comforting… Psychologically Satisfying. What could be better right now than curling up with a hearty ...

Communication Is Not the Key

Yes, you read that correctly! People always say communication is the key to improving your relationship, but clearly, that’s ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy:

I have been dating the same woman for two years. We’re both about to turn 30 and ...

Successful Resolutions

People are more successful at achieving their New Year’s Resolutions than widely believed. In fact, a study found the ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy:

I’m a 56-year-old divorcee dating an about-to-be 66-year-old widower. We have been dating for nearly a year ...

The Great Joy Ride

Wanna know a secret? Grownups, even some very grownup grownups, are playing...with sex toys! In fact, for couples and ...

Holiday & Party Strategies

The social butterflies among us are very fortunate in some ways. They’re often out and about, meeting new friends ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy:
My girlfriend is pressuring me to get married, and I don’t know what to do. We’re both 28 and have been dating exclusively for five years. She is the love of my life, but I just don’t see the need to get married, at least not yet. Both her parents and mine are divorced—less than amiably—and I always promised myself I wouldn’t get into that situation. My girlfriend and I each have our own places but spend most nights together. I think moving between houses is kind of fun, but she hates it. We have all the commitments of a married couple—holidays, vacations, friends in common—but without the messy issues of combining households and finances (which she’s not so good at, by the way). I don’t want to ruin a good thing by forcing myself down the aisle. How can I explain this without sounding like a commitment-phobic jerk? So far, I’ve avoided the issue as much as I can.

Sweets Strategies: the Science Behind Cravings and What to do About Them

Halloween can trip up even the most conscientious dieter. Last year, this happened to a client who had lost and kept off 20 pounds successfully. The Halloween trap caught her by surprise. She bought several bags of Snickers, her favorite candy bar, and began a binge that didn’t end until the candy was gone – long before Trick or Treating even began! That brought her up a couple of pounds. The holidays came and before she knew it, she had gained almost ten pounds before winter was out.

How to Choose a Therapist

The decision to see a therapist can be a hard one to make, as I discussed in my last column, “It’s All In Your Head” (georgetowner.com/living). Once you’ve made that decision, the next challenge is finding the right therapist. How do you go about that?

Murphy’s Love

Dear Stacy:
I am about to tell my parents about my new boyfriend, “Tom,” and I could really use your help. I’ll cut to the chase: I’m 26 and he’s 48. We met online, and he lives in southern Maryland.

Fall's Delicious Bounty

The coming of fall is symbolized for each of us by different events and moments: the first turning of leaves, a bracing snap of cool air, rediscovering a favorite sweater, children returning to school, the palpable shortening of September and October days.

Between the Sheets

An estimated 20 percent of American couples do not sleep in the same bed. This is not necessarily a sign of a poor relationship. With age, people are willing to experiment and create their own comfort zones.

How Can You Tell if it's Time to See a Therapist?

Life is messy and often confusing. Sometimes you’re up, and then you’re down. You have a plan, and ...

Murphy's Love

Dear Stacy: My wife is pregnant with our first child, due next spring. We just reached the 12-week milestone and ...

Back-to-School Lunch Box Ideas from Washington’s Top Chefs

Inspire your taste buds (and educate your kids) with the help of D.C.'s culinary elite.

It's All in Your Head

In a new column about psychology on the cutting edge, Renee Garfinkel muses on the sexiest color and sexiest hormone.

Murphy’s Love

Is it okay to be in your 20s and still have a V card?

Between the Sheets

Married 32 years and no orgasm? There's a remedy for that.

Cool as a Cucumber

It's hot! Add berries to your cereal, peaches alongside your salad or cucumbers on your sandwich for a cool, tasty treat.

Between the Sheets

Many people say that as they have aged, they have evolved new ways of being sexual. Instead of the super-stud, wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am sex of their youth, they have experimented with different permutations, positions and possibilities.

Murphy’s Love

What happens when your new lifestyle as a parent feels like you signed up to be a servant?

Soothing Summer Sensations

In this issue of "Is the Price Right?" we found the best prices on summer skin goodies from Lush, Sephora, Blue Mercury and CVS.

Exercising This Summer? Drink This

Just ask dietitian Katherine Tallmadge: Avoiding water loss effects a huge improvement in athletic performance, increases energy levels and decreases recovery time.

Murphy's Love

Growing pains, a new lease on love (with a twist) and a marriage on the rocks. Georgetown Imago therapist Stacy Murphy comes to the rescue.

Between the Sheets

Who says you can’t teach an old kisser some new tricks?

Dining Out — Without the Bulge

For some, eating out is a special occasion. For millions of Americans, however, it’s a way of life. And it can present appreciable health problems.

Murphy’s Love

Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago relationship therapist practicing at the Imago Center of DC in Georgetown.

Forever Alchimie

Georgetown is known for having many gems and specialty stores, and Alchimie Forever is not one to be forgotten. Located ...

Slimming Down? Books for Dieters

Getting reliable nutrition or diet information is a challenge in today’s information super-highway. Katherine Tallmadge gives her picks of the thousands of diet books out there.

In Good Company

When we were little, our friends and social network influenced our choices, thoughts and behaviors. Has anything really changed since then?

Getting Your Vitamins?

Like most health information these days, there seems to be a great amount of confusion when it comes to vitamins.

Eating Right

While it’s not always advised to supplement with individual vitamins, it is important to eat a diet rich in ...

Thanksgiving: A Life-giving Holiday

The coming of the holidays, for each of us, is symbolized by different events and moments: the first turning of ...

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