Marriage

Why Divorce Feels Like a Death

by on November 11, 2018

Mariah thought, that once the divorce papers were signed, everything would be better and she would finally feel relief. But she didn’t. Somehow, unexpected emotions of remorse, sadness, and guilt piled on top of bitterness, resentment, and frustration intensified. Her confusion caused her to wonder if she made a mistake. She relived the marriage and… (more…)

Spouse Wants to Separate, You Don’t

by on November 11, 2018

After 15 years of marriage, Tim’s wife said she wanted to separate. He was shocked. It came out of nowhere. Just the month before they were on a family vacation and now she was asking for a separation? Her reasons were vague at best and the harder he tried to convince her otherwise, the more… (more…)

10 Ways to Improve Connection

by on October 7, 2018

Ralph was puzzled. While he struggled with social connection his whole life, he was making a conscious effort to be different now. Yet, the harder he tried to connect with his wife, kids, co-workers, and friends, the worse things got. The more he tried to “be real” by openly sharing his thoughts and feelings the… (more…)

The Dysfunctional Bond Between Narcissists and Co-Dependents

by on October 7, 2018

Megan and Ryan decided to go to marriage counseling after their last fight resulted in the police being called. After being married for 7 years, the marriage was falling apart, and Ryan now had a police record for domestic violence as a result. The conflict did not start with Ryan hitting his wife, as the… (more…)

Lame Excuses Used to Defend Abusive Behavior

by on February 27, 2018

Having grown up in an abusive family and now in a relationship with an abusive person, Bailey believed the lame excuses constantly dished out to her. Beaten down, confused, hazy, and exhausted, she sought out help from a therapist. At first, she could not comprehend that she was the victim of abuse. She thought abuse… (more…)

5 Types of People Who Are Naturally Attracted to Each Other

by on January 6, 2018

Every wonder what causes an immediate attraction the first time two people meet? Sarah finally discovered that she kept dating the same type of abusive person over and over. Bill accidentally called his new girlfriend his mother in the middle of an argument. Steven who was shy his whole life married a flamboyant salesperson. While… (more…)

10 Things to Transform Your Marriage Today

by on November 27, 2017

Sam and Blake have been married for 12 years. Their blended marriage includes a child from a previous relationship for both of them, and two of their own. Both parents have shared custody of their child so scheduling anything can be very difficult depending on the reasonableness of the ex-partners. Between soccer practices, dance classes,… (more…)

How a Narcissist Treats Their Spouse

by on October 12, 2017

Sometimes the charm of a narcissist inhibits your client from seeing the narcissism. When your client first met their spouse, there was something about them that was enticing. It seemed like an irresistible pull to someone who so perfectly matched their needs and wants. However, the fairy tale engagement and marriage came to an abrupt… (more…)

The Many Ways Marriage Can Be Exhausting

by on October 12, 2017

An exhausting marriage is not just about inadequate communication, insufficient funds or imperfect sex. While these items tend to be a factor at some level in every marriage, the exhaustion a client maybe feeling could be a sign of a much deeper issue. In order to undercover these darker issues, married clients should be separated… (more…)

Consider This Before and After Checking the Hacked Ashley Madison List

by on October 12, 2017

The release of names and emails hacked from the on-line cheater’s website Ashley Madison stirs up questions of fidelity even in the best of relationships. This is especially true in light of some high profile confessions. The website promise of anonymity has been comprised and what was done in secret is now being revealed. But… (more…)

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