Myth-Busters: Relationships Edition

One big factor that drives couples to seek counseling is the disappointment they feel in how their relationship has developed over the years. They enter the relationship with certain expectations and goals in mind. As they find themselves drifting farther away from what they believed the relationship would be like, a sense of frustration arises. [Read more...]

From Roommates to Reconnection

“I feel so disconnected from my partner.” “We have different lives, like passing ships.” “It’s like we’re not even married anymore; we’re just roommates.” I hear these difficult words all too frequently in my work with couples. It is heart-breaking to realize the distance that has grown in your relationship after going through so [Read more...]

Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Individual Factors

If you are new to this blog, we are following along what Philip J. Guerin, Jr. Leo F. Fay, Susan L. Burden, and Judith Gilbert Kautto wrote about in The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict. Family system factors, marital dyad factors, and triangle factors that impact marital conflict have been addressed in my [Read more...]

By |2019-06-17T07:56:55-06:00June 10th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Individual Factors

Being Together While Apart: Making Long-Distance Marriage Work

Marriage is a challenging journey all on its own. When you add long-distance into the mix, you may find yourself up against some real "make it or break it" scenarios. Is your spouse in the military? Does your spouse travel frequently for work? How about pursuing a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dream this summer? Whatever the reason, there [Read more...]

By |2019-06-05T13:16:18-06:00June 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Boundaries, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Being Together While Apart: Making Long-Distance Marriage Work

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Acts of Service

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation - covered in my blog here! 2) Quality Time - covered in my blog here! 3) Receiving Gifts - covered in my blog here! 4) Physical Touch- covered in my blog here! 5) Acts of Service If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t [Read more...]

By |2019-05-28T08:16:40-06:00May 28th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Acts of Service

Opposites attract, but do they last?

You’re an introvert, they’re an extrovert. You need quiet when you first wake up, they need loud audio stimulation. Your idea of a date night is a quiet evening, their idea is a night on the town. I often see opposites attracted to each other. Someone quick to anger is paired with someone who stays [Read more...]

By |2019-05-28T13:20:32-06:00May 21st, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Communication, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Opposites attract, but do they last?

Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors

There are all types of factors to collect about the marital dyad. In my next blog of this series, I will go over the areas that the authors of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict explain as key to assess when developing a treatment plan.  Emotional Climate To begin, the authors describe an [Read more...]

By |2019-05-30T14:14:13-06:00May 6th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Communication, Couples Counseling, Family, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Evaluation in Marital Therapy: Marital Dyad Factors

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Receiving Gifts

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation - covered in my blog here! 2) Quality Time - covered in my blog here! 3) Receiving Gifts 4) Acts of Service 5) Physical Touch If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t worry! First, I encourage you and your partner to discover your own love [Read more...]

Now You’re Speaking my Love- Language: Quality Time

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES ARE: 1) Words of Affirmation – covered in my last blog here! 2) Quality Time 3) Receiving Gifts 4) Acts of Service 5) Physical Touch If these 5 love languages are new to you, don’t worry! First, I encourage you and your partner to discover your own love languages by taking [Read more...]

By |2019-04-08T14:33:25-06:00April 8th, 2019|Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Life Balance, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on Now You’re Speaking my Love- Language: Quality Time

Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Words of Affirmation

Imagine that you’re visiting another country and you find yourself lost. You go up to the next person you see and, in clear, perfect English, ask for directions. The person also responds clearly and perfectly – but in their own language. You both go back-and-forth for a few minutes, trying to get the other person [Read more...]

By |2019-04-22T16:34:44-06:00March 19th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Communication, Couples Counseling, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Now You’re Speaking my Love-Language: Words of Affirmation