Marriage and Couples Therapy is an important and necessary service provided by many counselors. Treatment helps couples manage difficult life transitions and issues that impact their relationship. Couples who seek therapy may struggle with communication, parenting, infidelity, and trust issues. Furthermore, many couples seek therapy as a result of feeling disconnected or lacking shared meaning.

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“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: You can manipulate it, or you can inspire it.” A friend of mine posted this quote by Simon Sinek on Facebook. Simon Sinek is “fascinated by people and organizations that make the greatest and longest lasting impact on the world.” I have watched his Ted Talks

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Dr. Gottman identified what he refers to as “The Four Horsemen” that lead to divorce and relationship demise. Criticism is the most commonly seen amongst the four. In my experience, it is the one that further exacerbates the other Four Horsemen – defensiveness, contempt, and stone walling. Criticisms are simply “wishes” that a partner holds.

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Couple’s often come to therapy in crisis, not necessarily for a tune-up.  According to Dr. John Gottman, renowned relationship expert, couples wait an average of 6 years before seeking treatment.  Six years is a long time to build resentment.   The Need to Address the Process vs. the Content My experience has been that couples

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Betrayals are difficult for couples to work through. However, when couples can commit to reprocessing betrayal, it can make the relationship stronger. A betrayal is not only an affair as many imagine. A partner may feel betrayed when their input was not considered in a big decision within the relationship. Feelings of betrayal may occur

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“Never get tired of doing little things for your partner. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.” – The Gottman Institute   Gottman’s motto is “small things often.” When you think about how to build intimacy in a relationship, often you imagine the “big” things. You reminisce the big moments, the

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