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Marital Conflict-Understanding Triggers

Understanding what triggers you and your partner is one of the most important things that you can do strengthen your marriage and avoid hurting one another. Next time you are processing conflict in the aftermath of a fight try the following:...READ MORE


Destructive Communication Patterns: Stonewalling

We will continue to explore the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the destructive communication patterns that couples employ during conflict and are consistent predictors of divorce. The four horsemen are: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt, and Stonewalling. Today we’ll look at the unhealthy communication pattern of Stonewalling... READ MORE


Destructive Communication Patterns: Contempt

We will continue our look the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the destructive communication patterns that couples employ during conflict and are consistent predictors of divorce. The four horsemen are: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt, and Stonewalling. Today we’ll explore the unhealthy communication pattern of Contempt. Contempt is the greatest predictor of divorce and must be eliminated... READ MORE


Will Marriage Counseling Work For Us?

I have the honor and privilege of meeting and working with a wide variety of people in my practice. The same holds true for couples, who like individuals, are all unique and have their own particular attributes and strengths. Couples often contact me and ask up front if their marriage can be salvaged, or if I can help make the decision as to whether to stay together or not... READ MORE


How Will Marriage Counseling Help Us?

The average couple is in marital distress for six years before seeking marriage counseling services, according to marriage and relationship expert John Gottman. That’s a long time to struggle with recurring issues, what Gottman refers to as “perpetual problems”, and the resentments and hurts that accompany them. Married couples that are struggling often feel overwhelmed by their problems and feel there is no way to tackle their problems... READ MORE


Destructive Communication Patterns and How to Stop Them

The majority of couples seeking marriage counseling identify improving communication as their number one concern. Drs. John and Julie Gottman have been studying couples for the better part of four decades, and have identified numerous issues that contribute to and can predict relationship satisfaction. Much of their research has focused on how couples communicate during conflict... READ MORE


Destructive Communication Patterns: Defensiveness

We will continue our look the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the destructive communication patterns that couples employ during conflict and are consistent predictors of divorce. The four horsemen are: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt, and Stonewalling. Today we’ll explore the unhealthy communication pattern of Defensiveness... READ MORE