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How long is too long to stay in a relationship? Follow these 3 steps to determine the viability of your relationship

Personally, I’ve contributed to a daily blog called “Ask the Therapist” for nearly 10 years.  Each month, around 2,500 questions are submitted by people all across the world. The problems submitted deal with a wide variety of issues, some extremely heartbreaking.  I’ve had questions from a young woman in the…

What is emotionally focused therapy? Which counseling techniques prove important and beneficial to this form of therapy?

A range of techniques used in emotionally focused therapy help couples (and others) to better understand each other and address issues in their relationship. An emotionally focused therapist, Jennine Estes, identifies her favorite techniques: leaning in, repeating, joint roadmaps, and organization. To make her clients feel more comfortable in opening…

When the green-eyed monster strikes your relationship—here’s how you and your partner can address and work through jealousy issues

While it’s normal to feel jealous, it can become unhealthy and wreak havoc on a relationship if not managed effectively. Fortunately, any couple can learn to address and work through jealousy issues and, in turn, cultivate a happy, healthy relationship. First, two partners should communicate their standards and expectations when…

Do you and your partner have a hard time opening up to each other? Here’s how you can build trust through communication and improve all areas of your relationship

It’s time to accept that effective communication is vital to our relationships and to take significant steps toward opening up. To start breaking down those walls, decide to approach the conversation with positive vibes, as positivity encourages comfortable communication, which then increases trust. Another valuable strategy is to choose an…

Is financial stress taking a toll on your marriage? Improve your relationship with your partner by improving your relationship with money

Money (and the financial stress that often accompanies it) can take a big toll on a marriage. In fact, one of the leading causes of divorce is finances. While it may be a heated topic, there are practical steps you can take to alleviate the stress money may be having…

Does infidelity ruin a relationship for good? A couples therapist offers tips for addressing the problem, which have proven helpful to his clients

It is possible for a couple to stay together after an affair, but it is often challenging and will require some hard work. If you’re the victim, don’t take any immediate action; instead, allow yourself time to process what has happened and how it makes you feel. If you’re the…

What should couples do when they have different visions for the future? Is this a deal breaker or is it possible to resolve this issue and move forward in the relationship?

Sometimes partners have different visions for the future—and while this can be scary, there is hope for working through this issue and making your future together a reality. You must be willing to have an essential, yet tough conversation and ultimately decide how to best move forward together. Before you…

How to rebuild trust in a broken relationship: how trust can be restored post-deception and what that relationship might look like moving forward

Deception can wreak havoc on a relationship, but there is hope for healing if both partners are willing to put in the work. First, the partner who did the wrongdoing must recognize, acknowledge, and apologize for their mistake. Then, both individuals must agree to work on their relationship and move…

Can relationship problems be fixed? Marriage therapists offer advice for building a strong foundation and resolving common relationship issues

Perfect relationships don’t exist; problems do and will arise, but the good news is that couples can effectively resolve many common relationship issues. First and foremost, couples need to maintain a healthy level of trust and respect, as these two elements can make or break a relationship. Another vital key…