Design For Life

Advice column: My father and my boyfriend’s mother have been secretly dating

This week, clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan advises a woman who feels betrayed by her father’s covert relationship and wonders if her own ties with him will suffer

When love comes knocking, regardless of our age or circumstances, it is important to open ourselves up and let it in

Dear Expert,

I am a woman in my mid-30s from Cork. I was never very lucky in love, but last year I met someone and things have been going really well. We both have strong feelings for each other and can see a future together.

I have introduced my boyfriend to all my friends, and over Christmas he and his mother had dinner with me and my father. Both of us have divorced parents. It ...