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You Can Improve Your Relationship

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Couples, Divorce, love, marriage, Relationships, romance, sex | 0 comments

You Can Improve Your Relationship

It seems the two most difficult jobs in life are creating successful relationships with our significant others and parenting children, yet neither come with any formal training. It’s as if people believe that we are born with an inherent ability to do these two things. Yet, look around us. In the US, the divorce rate is slightly over fifty percent! Couples go through life getting along when times are good, but fighting with, ignoring, or leaving each other when things get tough. There are plenty of reasons people hesitate to seek help. It’s common to think that relationships are something...

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Three Steps for Surviving an Affair

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Anger, Divorce, Grief and Loss, listening, love, mental health, Relationships, sex, stress | Comments Off on Three Steps for Surviving an Affair

Three Steps for Surviving an Affair

It’s common for people to ask me whether or not their relationship can survive an affair, and my answer is yes. It is entirely possible with these three steps. Step One: Prioritize Your Relationship The first step is a mutual agreement that the relationship is important enough to attempt to heal from the trauma. Consequently, both partners must recognize the role they each played in the breakdown of their relationship. Dr. Harville Hendrix says that in all his work with couples, he has never encountered an affair where only one partner was guilty. He says that, if you look below the...

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Problem with Relationships

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Anger, Divorce, Grief and Loss, guilt, listening, love, mental health, Relationships, romance, sex, stress | Comments Off on Problem with Relationships

Problem with Relationships

When couples decide they want therapy, they often come seeking help for financial, sexual, time management, or parenting issues. They have trouble agreeing on what to save and what to spend; even after finding common ground, couples can find conflict in discussing how to spend and save. Having different expectations for their sex life can lead to disagreements, inattention, and downright frustration that cause challenges in the relationship. Couples argue about how to spend their free time and with whom. Do they spend time together, apart, or a mix of the two? Do they visit her family or his?...

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Starting Over

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Divorce, Grief and Loss, Relationship with Self, Relationships | Comments Off on Starting Over

Starting Over

Starting over after the loss of a loved one is a monumental task that can feel overwhelming at times. Whether there has been a death, a divorce, or a separation from a friend, rebuilding your life is usually is necessary. Shock and denial are normally initial reactions after a loss, particularly if there was no warning. The vision of the future you had with your loved one is suddenly shattered; your hopes and dreams need to be rewritten. How will we cope? How can we go on? But go on we must, and we will. First, we try to regain what we have lost. Death makes this impossible, but that...

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Making a Marriage Work when our Interests are Completely Different (part 2)

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in compatibility, Divorce, Relationships | Comments Off on Making a Marriage Work when our Interests are Completely Different (part 2)

So you have completely different interests… what do you share? Do you have similar values? Do you like to vacation? Do you parent well together? Do you share similar views on your finances? Do you have a great sex life? Are you comfortable with each another? What do you respect about one another? Perhaps you have been focusing so much on your lack of common interests that you have forgotten what you share; consider what you have in common. Can you go back in time and remember the things that attracted you in the beginning? Perhaps they still exist. What can you appreciate about your...

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Making a Marriage Work when our Interests are Completely Different (part 1)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in compatibility, Divorce, Relationships | Comments Off on Making a Marriage Work when our Interests are Completely Different (part 1)

Making a Marriage Work when our Interests are Completely Different (part 1)

It is not uncommon to be in a relationship with someone who seems like an alien to you. Opposites often attract, it’s true, but they don’t always stay together. Perhaps you wonder how your partner could possibly think the way he or she does, and it seems you two are completely contrary with one another. Is a break up inevitable? Of course not. It is possible for opposites to stay together if your causes are greater than your consequences. Think about the reasons you want to stay together with this person. Do you love him or her? Are you staying together for the children? Do religious...

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