Posts Categorized: Couples & Relationships

To Trust or Not To Trust…. That is the Question

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Have you ever passed up potential friendships and opportunities to be part of a group because you were afraid you wouldn’t be accepted, or you would wind up getting hurt?  Have you ever trusted someone too quickly only to be disappointed or hurt by them?  Most of us have experienced both situations at one time […]

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Why Affairs Don’t Just Happen (And How You Can Prevent One From Happening)

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An affair hurts. In the hours and days after an affair comes out, one or both partners may face these six, scary words. We search for answers to where and when things went wrong. Often, we give in to thinking we may never know and give up on the restoration and healing process.   What […]

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The Power of Therapy

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There are a lot of reasons that people choose to seek counseling. The benefits of counseling can be unending, but sometimes making the first appointment can be hard. Maybe you’re thinking about whether it would be helpful, but are not sure if it’s for you. Let’s talk about some of the reasons counseling can help […]

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The Struggle is Real: Unhealthy Communication

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It may surprise you to know that only thirty-one percent of the problems that couples experience are conflicts that can be resolved. The other sixty-nine percent of the problems are irresolvable perpetual issues. Both marriages with high marital satisfaction and those on the verge of divorce experience these same ratios. So what is the difference […]

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The Struggle is Real: Priorities

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In what areas of your life do you operate intentionally? Many people are intentional about their career path, the pursuit of their financial goals, the attainment of their retirement plans, their spiritual growth and even their charitable giving. Far too few of us, however, devote the same intentionality to maintaining and enhancing the relationship with […]

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The Struggle is Real: Sex

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The beginning of a romantic relationship, and often the “honeymoon” stage of a marriage, abounds with passion. A person feels “butterflies” when near their partner, their thoughts turn to their partner frequently and with a daydream-like quality, they just want to be with their partner, talk with their partner, and touch their partner. Over time, […]

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The Struggle is Real: Marriage Expectations

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It seems no one has “Rose Colored Glasses” quite to the degree as couples who are engaged or “Just Married”! If they could bottle up those emotions and sell them, I think we would have a lot of “love addicts.” What those couples are going through is a powerful cocktail of unconscious connection, conscious attraction, […]

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PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence (Excerpt from PTSD Monthly Update from the US Dept. of VA)

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers specifically to violence and aggression between intimate partners. IPV can include physical, sexual or psychological abuse or stalking. In the United States, about 1 in 4 women (or 27%) and 1 in 10 men (or 11%) report having been harmed by sexual or physical violence, or by stalking by an […]

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