Couples Counseling

Conversations in Isolation

For most, regional stay-at-home orders have created an opportunity for unprecedented amounts of time at home with our partners. This scenario will unequivocally yield to more time to interact with one another. Interactions vary in some degree. Perhaps there is more emphasis on completing household tasks together or engagement in ...

How to: Effectively handle crisis situations using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

So you just discovered your spouse is having an affair. The doctor just disclosed a diagnosis of a serious medical condition you thought was just a cold. Your life has been turned upside down within seconds and you don’t know what to say, think, or do. A crisis situation is ...

It’s You & Me vs. The World

Have you ever thought back to when you were dating your spouse and felt like there was nothing in the world that you two couldn’t tackle together? You saw your spouse in their element and best light, and you felt like you were on cloud nine. As life together continues, ...

How to Save Your Relationship from the Rise of Technology

As glorious and convenient as it is to have the entire world at our fingertips, Americans now spend an average of 3-4 hours a day on their mobile phones. For most of us, that includes nearly 2 hours a day on Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. This is bad ...

Redefining the Practice of Patience

My sweet Izzy (my second oldest dog) doesn't seem to have much longer on this earth. She's the kind of dog that stares into your soul with the biggest smile and a constant tail wag, looking cute no matter what she does. She's also the kind of dog to literally ...

The Affair Series: Attunement

After an affair, and during affair recovery, we follow three steps in counseling: atonement, attunement, and re-attachment. During attunement, couples have decided that they can move forward with forgiveness, ready to stop blaming the partner that was involved in infidelity.  Step 3:  Attunement Many trust building behaviors occur in this ...

Celebrating the Holidays as an Interfaith Couple

Holidays Can Work with an Interfaith Couple The holidays are a wonderful time of celebration, giving, and spending time with family. However, for some they're also a time of great stress; especially when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your and you practice a different set of beliefs all together. Being ...

Why “Thankful Season” Should Last All Year Long in Your Relationship: Part 2

I recently posted “Part 1” exploring why you should practice gratitude every day, every moment - not just on Thanksgiving. Here are some signs you need to make gratitude a habit -  You can more easily recall the things your partner has done that upset you than the things your ...

The Affair Series: Atonement

Affairs don’t always have to mean the end of a relationship. In fact, there is research that indicates that sometimes couples come back stronger after recovering through the affair. According to lead researchers John and Julie Gottman, there are three phases to affair recovery. The three phases are: Atonement, Attunement, ...

‘Tis Always the Season to be Grateful

Now that the holidays are in full swing, everyone is definitely feeling a little more festive, merrier, and happier. Let’s be honest, it’s a LOT easier to show gratitude and appreciation during this time of year, right? (It’s OK – a lot of people feel the same way!) What I ...
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