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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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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 helps move past skeletons in the closet

*Veronica and Darryl came for the marriage retreat after both realized their relationship just wasn’t getting better on its own. They were committed to their relationship but couldn’t figure out how to bridge the ocean that was growing between them. 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 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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Holiday Traditions

Couple at Christmas

The holidays…

How do you feel about holiday traditions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, summer or winter vacations? How about getting together with friends or family for Sunday night dinners, planning date nights, or celebrating birthdays?

Often times we take for granted that the person we love will want to experience these events like we have experienced them–or like we want to experience them. Continue reading

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Heart candy

 

Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on us—if we’re not in a relationship, if our relationship isn’t going well, if we don’t have much money, or if we want to make the day really special. How can we celebrate it with meaning to strengthen the relationships we have? Continue reading

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Rekindling your relationshipYou and your partner have worked all day long. You’re home now and tired. But there’s dinner to make, dishes to do, tidying, and laundry. If you have kids, there’s a whole lot more to the list-spending time with her/him/them, helping with homework, going to extra-curricular activities-possibly more than one if you have more than one child. Where do you fit time in for you, let alone your partner?? Continue reading

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