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Couple arguingMany people ask for relationship help when arguments seem to keep reaching an impasse. What can you do when you feel like both of you are locked in your positions? Continue reading

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A Loving Relationship

A close relationship is something we all want. Two relationship experts, John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, studied relationships for over 40 years. They found that the friendship a couple has really is the foundation of the relationship.

Below are some questions created by the Gottmans to help you think about your relationship:

We enjoy doing even the smallest things together, like folding laundry or watching TV.
True
False
I look forward to spending my free time with my partner.
True
False
At the end of the day my partner is glad to see me.
True
False
My partner is usually interested in hearing my views on things.
True
False
I really enjoy discussing things with my partner.
True
False
My partner is one of my best friends.
True
False
I think my partner would consider me a very close friend.
True
False
We love just talking to each other.
True
False
When we go out, the time goes very quickly.
True
False
We always have a lot to say to each other.
True
False
We have a lot of fun together in our everyday lives.
True
False
We are spiritually very compatible.
True
False
We tend to share the same basic values in life.
True
False
We like to spend time together in similar ways.
True
False
We really have a lot of interests in common.
True
False
We have many of the same dreams and life goals.
True
False
We like to do a lot of the same things.
True
False
Even though our interests are somewhat different, I enjoy my partner’s interests.
True
False
Whatever we do together we usually tend to have a good time.
True
False
My partner tells me when s/he has had a bad day.
True
False

What do you think? Do you have a close relationship?

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Way out of addiction in couple's therapy

 

Addiction and couples’ therapy were two things Jack and Jill* never thought they’d be involved in. But here they sat in my office trying to figure it all out.

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Gay professional couple in Banff or Canmore

Gay professionals in Banff and Canmore are not that common. So just how do they meet? Read on to learn about the story of Shane and Andy, two gay professionals in a committed relationship in Banff. Continue reading

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what kind of marriage do you want or have

 

What kind of marriage do you want or have? Despite the broadening of our concepts of what marriage is supposed to be like, the divorce rates of first time marriages Continue reading

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Should you say I do and get married?

Should you get married? Deciding whether or not to tie the knot is one of the biggest decisions Continue reading

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Opposites Attract

In the Beginning

 

Ron was initially attracted to Anna because she had her life so together. She knew what she wanted to do for a career and actively worked to achieve her career goals. She was at the top of her class and kept striving to be better. Anna aced all her assignments while holding down a part-time job. Somehow she managed to do that and make time for her family and close friends. He was in awe! Continue reading

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Are Shared Values Enough in a Couples Relationship?Debbie and Derek have been married for over 20 years. The most important part of their love for one another has always been their shared values. Derek has always been a hard worker and a good provider. Debbie was born to be a mother.

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Passionate sex

Passionate sex

Communicating about sex with your partner can be challenging. Considering some ways your comfort with sex talk has been influenced can be helpful. Continue reading

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Straight men looking at men

Straight men looking at men

 

What do I mean by identified straight men acting gay? More and more I’m seeing women in my practice who either have partners who have cheated on them with other men, or men who see themselves as straight who are having gay sex.

 

Men having sex with men (MSM) or Straight Men having Sex with Men (SMSM)

There are growing numbers of men who themselves as straight and may be in a relationship with a woman, but have gay sex.

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