Marriage & Couples

How to Talk When You Want a Successful Outcome

Many people start relationship therapy or coaching with requests to communicate better. And we, as therapists and coaches, usually teach clients a lot about how to listen, as it is one of the very best things you can do for someone else. We all enjoy being listened to and being …

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What Happy Couples do to have an Amazing Sex Life

What constitutes “normal” behavior among happy couples?  What makes their sex great? What makes them satisfied and content and feeling loved? Let’s look at the research and then let’s look at your relationship. Why do Couples Have a Great Sex Life? Around the world nearly 100,000 couples reported on the success of …

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Stop Trying to Change the Other Person

In my Marriage Counseling practice I often work with clients who are angry with their spouses. In fact, they often get stuck in their anger. Usually what  is underneath the anger is hurt, and sometimes they have difficulty expressing that hurt. When you are focusing on the other person’s negative behavior, you continue …

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Tips for Maintaining a Close Relationship

A successful and loving relationship takes maintenance. No matter how busy we become with life it is important to be sure we are tending to one of the most important investments in our life – our relationship. Everyone experiences stress and overly-filled schedules providing little family or relationship time. It is up …

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The Joy of Valentine’s Day For Singles, Elder Statespersons, and Men

Cupid is coming, women are getting excited and telling their men what they would like, men are eye-rolling and complaining, single gals are looking to friends or books to hang out with, florists and jewelers are smiling, and Hallmark is ringing in the black. Valentine’s Day is a time annually …

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Retirement ~ the Fourth Stage of Life

One of the joys of Marriage and Family Counseling is that I get to work with scores of  clients about countless subjects. One of my favorites is helping clients design their retirements. This should begin about age 50, but for most it is 60 or even 70. Many of us hear …

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Healing a Relationship from an Affair is Difficult!

Affair Repair is difficult and requires exceptional skill! If only you could realize the consequences before you enter into an affair. The betrayal and emotional devastation is enormous. The disconnection is deep-seated and trust is broken. You will have a lot of work to learn about yourself, develop skills, and put your …

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11 Tips to Prevent your Marriage from Demolishing to Divorce While Remodeling

I have had a wonderful vacation! I’ve played hooky from blogging and have busied myself with selling, buying a new house, and doing a whole house remodel! This is what I do for artistic pleasure, lots of creative engagement, and fulfilling one of my signature strengths – enjoyment of beauty and excellence. …

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5 Ways to Increase Intimacy in Your Marriage

The Intimacy Project By D’Arcy Vanderpool, MA, MFT, PCC George and I have recently returned from an amazing vacation to Europe admiring castles, visiting palaces and museums, walking along cobblestone streets in medieval towns, experiencing awe in cathedrals and churches, and eating too much gourmet food paired with great regional wines. During …

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Secret to Happiness: Take Care of Your Needs and Wants First

So often in marriage counseling clients seem to miss something big. They are often complaining about their spouse or their children or even their boss; in the process of those complaints and negativity, they are missing the focus on themselves. Fixing our problems or emotions is all about oneself. Fix …

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