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Category: Pre-Marital Counseling

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Does Premarital Counseling Belong on Your Wedding Checklist?

June 16, 2015

Planning the wedding felt overwhelming for Megan. With her family living far away and her fiancé uninterested in the details, she was essentially left alone to plan the most important day of her life. When her best friend Steph became engaged, Megan was ecstatic. They could plan together. She was no longer out there by herself. They shared wedding lists, checked out venues, and shopped for bridal gowns. One day, Steph... Read More


The Top Five Things That Make or Break a Relationship

April 22, 2013

Relationships take practice. We can expect to improve our game of tennis by practicing regularly and changing our workouts; so can we expect improvements in our marriages if we continually practice and change our routines. In a recent article, relationship experts highlight the top five things that can make or break relationships. Some factors that predict risk of relationship failure include poor socioeconomic status... Read More

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Counseling Issues for Arranged Marriages

March 14, 2013

Arranged marriages remain relatively rare in the United States, but are a common cultural practice in many countries. As many as 55% of all marriages globally are arranged, most of them in South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Immigrants and children thereof are sometimes involved in marriages arranged by third parties in the United States. Although the practice remains controversial due to concerns... Read More

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Psychotherapist Team Merges Brain and Body to Balance Relationships

March 4, 2013

Noble and Elizabeth Harrison are psychotherapists and spouses. Neither role is an easy one, but they have succeeded at both. They know a little about how to keep a relationship alive, having been married to one another for 32 years. In a recent article, Elizabeth Harrison shared one of their new techniques and why it has been so effective with so many couples. Harrison and her husband had seen countless couples seeking... Read More

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Healthy Intimate Relationships Begin with Positive Parenting

February 25, 2013

Children who have warm, loving, and supportive relationships with their siblings and parents are likely to have emotionally satisfying and positive intimate relationships in adulthood. According to a new study led by April S. Masarik of the School of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis, the success and satisfaction of intimate relationships begins long before children enter adulthood.... Read More

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Is a Happy Marriage Only Seven Steps Away?

November 1, 2012

According to a recent article, you can have a successful and happy marriage if you follow seven simple steps. If this sounds too good to be true, it’s understandable. But, just as losing 20 pounds in one month with limited exercise is unlikely but not impossible, so goes it for marital bliss via seven simple steps. Step 1 suggests that couples start with communication. Open, honest communication is vital to a healthy... Read More

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Should Marriage Come with an Expiration Date?

October 15, 2012

Marriages aren’t like fine wines. They are not harvested in vineyards and they do not always get better with age. However, many marriages far exceed any expiration date. According to a recent article by Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and columnist, modern marriages—which divorce at rates upward of 50%—may benefit from an exit strategy after, say, five, 10, or 20 years. Richtel said that many marriage... Read More

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Does Divorce Run in Families?

October 5, 2012

In a recent article, Rachel Keith, an education graduate student from the University of Kansas, concluded that divorce is not hereditary. In the article, published in the University Daily Kansan, Keith writes about how some children of divorced parents are gun-shy about getting married. Even though these adult children may not be consciously aware of how their parents’ split affects them, they may have unconscious... Read More

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Do Premarital Jitters Predict Divorce?

September 17, 2012

Nearly every person experiences a little anxiety and apprehension prior to walking down the aisle. No matter what age people are, or what their past has brought them, the idea of entering into a lifelong commitment with another individual can be a scary prospect. Individuals who have been divorced in the past may be worried that they will divorce again. And people who grew up in less-than-loving households may fear that... Read More

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Wedding Season Stress: Why Is Wedding Planning so Stressful?

April 25, 2012

The word bridezilla has become an oft-used part of our lexicon, and many people who have never been married are confused by the panic and stress that seems to surround wedding planning. But a newly engaged couple quickly learns that the stress of wedding planning is not the overexaggerated fantasy of people who simply have no stress tolerance. Wedding planning is stressful for almost everyone, and yet people never stop... Read More

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Help! I Don’t Love My In-Laws

March 23, 2012

When we’re first in love with our partners, the world can feel like a very small place. We only have eyes for one another, and that bond, born of words, actions, gestures, physical touch, and hormones is a marvel of human experience. In that intimate couple experience, we might plan a future together. We imagine creating our own, two-person family, and what challenges, joy, and pleasure that will bring. We begin to... Read More

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Three Truths Every Couple Needs to Know About Marriage

January 23, 2012

“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.” ― George Bernard Shaw Ask any bride and groom on their wedding day, “Will your marriage last a lifetime?” They will look at you like you have three... Read More


Premarital Counseling: Early and Often

May 24, 2011

I’m a big proponent for pre-marital counseling, although I don’t market myself specifically as a premarital counselor, (and there are some therapists who do specify their work as towards this) I definitely believe that taking the time to plan and discuss things, particularly goals and expectations, is absolutely necessary for long term relationships, whether it involves marriage or just cohabitating together.... Read More


Wedding Vows, Promises of the Heart

June 4, 2010

Many couples spend more time preparing for their wedding, than for their marriage. A lot of excitement, expectation, and work goes into the creation of a wedding and couples can find themselves waking up inside a marriage lost in a kind of post-party depression not knowing how to proceed. Some couples may not even be sure how they got there. The marriage ceremony, when created and experienced consciously, is a sacred... Read More

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