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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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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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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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Couples retreat

Who comes to the private retreats?

I’m amazed and in awe of how hard couples are willing to work to make things better in their relationships. People come wanting to do to things such as rekindle their love, deepen their friendship, to feel closer to one another again, to have support in communication and conflict, or to make some major decisions in regards to their relationships. Continue reading

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Couples retreat for counseling virgins

The decision

*Jack had never been to counseling before. He was used to dealing with things by himself. The thought of talking to a stranger about their personal problems was so completely foreign he had a hard time imagining it let alone actually doing it. Continue reading

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Couple sitting beside Lake LouiseThis year has been incredibly busy with couple’s retreats. It’s work I find incredibly gratifying. Working with people who are on the brink of ending their relationships, who have been devastated by affairs, who have arguments that go badly, or who have grown apart is challenging. But it’s also really rewarding to witness people coming closer together, to be able to talk with one another in ways that really work for them, and to go home feeling like they’ve got a clear plan. Continue reading

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A frog prince

She was planning his funeral. She thought about all the people she would invite, what her husband’s best friend would say, what food and drink she would serve, and how she would record the whole thing so that when their daughter was old enough, she could watch the video to really get to know her dad. Continue reading

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Couple doing the tango

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill go up and down the hill on each other once a week for 30 minutes, whether they both feel like it or not. They have the routine down pat. In fact, neither one of them really needs to think about what they’re doing because they long ago memorized the moves! If one or both of them doesn’t orgasm, Jack is sure he’s losing his touch. Continue reading

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Couple embracingIn my work with couples, there is often some dissatisfaction around the frequency of sex. One person may feel deprived while the other feels pressured. The pressure can build to the point where there is little touching–whether it’s sexual or not. The person who is missing sex tries to be patient but can become frustrated and blurt out comments that only make the situation worse. Continue reading

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Couple hugging

Lots of couples that I work with grapple with communication and connection. How do you stay feeling connected when the communication isn’t what you want it to be? How do you keep on trying when you’re feeling so discouraged? Continue reading

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