After Sexual Betrayal: How Can Marriage Counseling Help?

Sexual betrayal can cause shame, sadness, and mistrust in a relationship. It is also quite common. According to one study, roughly 30% to 60% of all married individuals in the United States will engage in infidelity at some point. When an...

Continue reading →

Being Critical? Are You Helping or Hurting?

Most of us have heard the expression that a person is “his own worst critic”. We often do not give ourselves enough credit for performing well and regularly beat ourselves up for not performing better. For some of us it...

Continue reading →

Can a No-Sex Marriage Survive Over the Long Haul?

Your marriage is much more than sex. But what do you do when your union involves no sex at all? With no end in sight? It certainly did not start out that way! No doubt, you have realized that your...

Continue reading →

How Not to Break Up When the Going Gets Tough

No couple is immune to tough times. Every relationship suffers some level of stress, loss, transition, upset, and negativity. What is your marriage facing? Poor health or a career crisis? The loss of a parent or child? Is a financial crisis...

Continue reading →

The Top 10 Tips to Creating a Great Relationship

Lack of communication is one of the most frequent complaints cited by couples coming to counseling offices. Communication of course is multi-faceted and may mean different things to different people. It is clearly not just the words partners say to...

Continue reading →

Why Valentine’s Day Matters and How to Make the Most of It

Google Valentine’s Day and you will be struck by a wealth of Valentine's articles, advice, and discussion not really focused on couples at all. Instead, the headlines read this way:       "Valentine’s Day: Just another Way to Prolong Holiday Spending"       "How...

Continue reading →

The Long Road Back: Making Amends for Bad Behavior

Everyone makes mistakes. It is an old cliché but completely true for all of us. When dealing with a spouse or partner, however, the question becomes how bad of a mistake has been made and whether the person who made...

Continue reading →

After an Affair: 5 Musts for Marriage Repair

When an affair rocks the security of your marriage, it can be a disaster. Emotions like anger, denial, confusion, betrayal and bitterness can, in an instant, replace what you may have thought to be a loving relationship. The damage is undeniable. Much...

Continue reading →

How to Have a Difficult Conversation

We tend to avoid difficult conversations for many reasons. We may be afraid to start a fight; we may think we would be rejected or misunderstood; we don’t want to annoy; maybe the point we would like to make...

Continue reading →

5 Effective Ways to Initiate & Get Good Sex Going

The promise of “good sex” always gets attention. You want it. Your partner wants it. And, perhaps, your relationship hasn’t experienced much of it lately. Perhaps you’re still trying to experience it for the first time. Maybe you're even...

Continue reading →