About Gary Malone

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Amy Wine Counseling Center in Cypress TX. Lover of the outdoors. Husband and father of three.

Infidelity Isn’t a Choice: Part 2

So, let’s say a spouse is already in an emotional deficit and has chosen to not have the conversation mentioned in part 1 with their partner. Now, they experience the feeling they’ve identified as missing from their partner with someone else during their day. It’s like a drug. It’s an addictive experience. Author, Karen Young, [Read more...]

Infidelity Isn’t a Choice: Part 1

Temptation I loved sports cards when I was in the 4th grade; collected, traded, and talked about them in class. I also combed through many Beckett price guides trying to figure out how much they’re worth (anyone else remember combing through a Beckett?). One day I was browsing various card packages at K-Mart when I [Read more...]

How Much Sex Is Normal In A Marriage?

When sex is an issue in a relationship (it more than likely will be in all relationships) I often hear this question… How often should we be having sex? Great question! I’m glad you asked. It’s completely normal to wonder if you are having more or less sex than other couples, but it’s a difficult [Read more...]

By |2018-12-10T13:51:48+00:00December 10th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Sex Therapy, Women's Issues|Comments Off on How Much Sex Is Normal In A Marriage?

How Checking-In Can Save Your Marriage

I don’t know much about planes or how to fly them. However, I could watch a few youtube videos to figure it out. Still, I’ll leave it up to trained pilots to navigate me on a flight. I recently learned something interesting about aviation – the importance of checklists.  From what I understand, every plane [Read more...]

By |2018-11-26T14:27:30+00:00November 26th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships|Comments Off on How Checking-In Can Save Your Marriage

Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

It is difficult to balance nurturing a marriage and the relationship with your kids. I don’t know a couple who doesn’t struggle with this. If you are caught in the child-centered grind, I imagine you’re schedule has become more crowded with child activities.   Disclaimer: I very much believe kids are a blessing and we [Read more...]

By |2018-11-06T11:11:20+00:00November 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Is Your Marriage Child-Centered?

Make Your Marriage Stronger by Asking for Less

What do you think a typical marriage looked like 200 years ago?  Do you think their ceremony vows included one of the popular options found from theknot.com below? I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend. Your partner in parenthood, ally in conflict, greatest fan, toughest adversary, comrade in adventure, student, teacher, consolation in disappointment, and accomplice in mischief. This is [Read more...]

By |2018-10-22T10:13:57+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Adult Counseling, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Make Your Marriage Stronger by Asking for Less

When You Hate Your Spouse

I enjoy a good Disney movie.  Is there a better one than Aladdin? That’s a rhetorical question because everyone knows it’s the best. Maybe I enjoy it because it has a happily ever after.  Isn’t it interesting how the movies and shows we watch as kids impact how we view life as adults? I’ll admit, [Read more...]

By |2018-10-07T13:53:43+00:00October 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Gratitude, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Relationships|Comments Off on When You Hate Your Spouse

When Your Therapist Sucks

I have this theory about why people enjoy Chick-fil-A so much.  It isn’t the food, albeit it is tasty.  It deals with the one thing I’ve never experienced in a CFA restaurant: bad customer service. I’m greeted with a smile when I walk in the door, the cashiers are always friendly, and workers even stop [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:26:52+00:00September 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Mental Health|Comments Off on When Your Therapist Sucks

The Art of Good Sex

“We’re just not sexually compatible.” “Our bedroom life is boring.” “I don’t enjoy making love anymore.” These are words I have heard spoken in a session with couples. Here’s the good news: no matter your age, it’s not too late to have a mutually meaningful, fulfilling sex life with your partner. “Yeah, right.” (says someone [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:31:53+00:00September 6th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Relationships, Sex Therapy, Women's Issues|Comments Off on The Art of Good Sex

Is Your Relationship Toxic?

Things are bad. You’re dissatisfied. You want connection, but they seem to not care as much. You have been unhappy for a while. Are these telltale signs you are in a toxic relationship? Maybe. Maybe not. It certainly does not automatically mean you should pack up and jump ship. However, it does warrant a conversation [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T09:34:24+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Relationships, Stress, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Is Your Relationship Toxic?