NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH

My newly designed website, drdeborahhecker.com, is here! For the new site, I chose a less-is-more design approach in order to highlight the rationale for the site, how you can benefit from my offerings, and my core message: Relationships Matter. As human beings, we...

MOTHER’S DAY – IS EVERY DAY

If you ask people what their favorite holiday is, the answers range from Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to their birthdays.  I have never heard anyone respond with “My favorite holiday is Mother’s Day.” Honestly, Everyday should be Mother’s Day. I cannot think of a more...

CAN WE AGREE TO DISAGREE ON THE SLAP HEARD AROUND THE WORLD?

First, let me begin with what I believe we can agree on – that everyone was shocked at this year’s Oscars when actor, Will Smith, slapped comedian, Chris Rock, one of the show’s award presenters, in response to a “joke” Rock made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett...
Self Reflection in Relationships

Self Reflection in Relationships

Introduction Most people are inclined to believe that their relationships fail or have problems because they didn’t choose the right partner or because their partner is the source of the stress. It can feel so much better to look for accountability outside of yourself...

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Depression during the holiday season

Depression during the holiday season

Though the holidays are thought of as a time of sharing, family, and celebration, for many they are emotionally exhausting. If you feel knocked down by sadness during this holiday season, you’re not alone. Between polarized politics and the continuing global...

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Why Romantic Relationships Are SO Complicated

Why Romantic Relationships Are SO Complicated

  When I was young, I thought of romantic relationships as very simple - you either love him / her or you don’t. The truth is that human beings are complex and life is sometimes crazy, and that combination can make romantic relationships tricky, perplexing, and...

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Is It Ever Okay To Lie In A Relationship?

Is It Ever Okay To Lie In A Relationship?

Introduction All of us remember the story of Pinocchio and the role honesty played in his life. In order for Pinocchio, a marionette, to become the real boy he longed to be, first he had to prove that he had true values. However, the blue fairy warned him about lying,...

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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

Introduction One would profoundly hope that the Coronavirus, a killer disease, would “bring us together” as a nation.  Instead, it has served less to unite us than to underscore what divides us.  Reading daily about this deepening, widespread national polarization has...

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Most Important Ingredient of a Successful Relationship

Most Important Ingredient of a Successful Relationship

Introduction If I were to ask you to name the single most important factor that you believe contributes to a rewarding and successful romantic relationship, you might well argue that empathy, communication, trust, or perhaps sex is the most essential. While these,...

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