Michael’s Blog

Managing relationships for couples and individuals

The 7-year-itch: Myth or Fact? What are the warning signs?

The 7-year-itch: Myth or Fact? What are the warning signs?

According to Michael Kallenbach, a couples therapist with consulting rooms in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, “the 7-year-itch is something to be on the lookout for.  It might not be seven years, but many couples start to think when they have young children to bring up...

From the 12 – 19 June edition of South African Jewish Report

From the 12 – 19 June edition of South African Jewish Report

If we want to emerge from this trying time with our bonds intact, we need to find new ways to engage with one another under lockdown. So said Michael Kallenbach, an internationally renowned relationship therapist and marriage counsellor, who outlined the challenges...

Adjusting to Online Consulting

Adjusting to Online Consulting

These are indeed unchartered waters that might make us all stronger and more successful in the work we love doing. WE’VE all had to make adjustments to our life and working patterns for the duration of the lock-down period. As a result, I’ve moved my “premises” from...

“Who’s buying the weed?”

“Who’s buying the weed?”

A pyschologist-approved guide to not falling out with your flatmates during lockdown. DON’T create unnecessary arguments Which TV show are you going to watch? Are you going to go for walks together or separately? Who’s buying the weed? Michael Kallenbach,...

From the August issue of ‘Your Family’ magazine

From the August issue of ‘Your Family’ magazine

Dodging the divorce bullet It's normal and healthy for couples to be at loggerheads sometime. While conflict can't be avoided, you can prevent it from tearing you apart by being mindful of your arguing style.  The gift of conflict is that it's an opportunity to...

Negotiating housework in a relationship

Negotiating housework in a relationship

Living together has many pleasures, but one of the biggest areas of conflict can be who does which aspects of housework and when. We look at how you can negotiate the chores in a relationship. “It may seem strange, but little things like who empties the dishwasher or...

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