Couples’ Blog

Welcome to our Couples’ Blog. Here we post occasional articles and practical exercises for couples who wish to improve their marriage or relationship. Look through the title and beginnings of articles below, and click any title to read them. Or scan the list of categories to find topics that interest you. You can also use the search box to find articles containing specific words. It’s good to know you’re not alone.

How to Get the Most From Your Couples Therapy

Couples are often uncertain what to expect from the process of couples therapy. They are not sure of what to expect of the therapist or even if the therapist has any expectations of them.
I have found most couples approach therapy with the notion that each person will describe their distress and somehow the therapist will assist them to create a happier, more functional, relationship. They expect to learn some new or better skills. However, most people hope their partner will do most of the learning in problem areas.
After 30 years of clinical experience and specializing in working with thousands of couples, I have arrived at some guidelines that can make our work more effective.… Read more…

Wisdom for Couples from Wisdom 2.0

Each year I enjoy a special weekend attending the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco with my daughter, Molly. And when there are points of interest for couples, I enjoy sharing those insights from the conference with you.
The central question of this year’s conference was, “How can we live with wisdom, awareness and compassion in the digital age?”… Read more…

Valentine’s Day Couples Game: Design Your Ideal Partner

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Do you have a partner with a habit or flaw you’d like to eliminate, tweak or fix? Let’s play a game about that.… Read more…

11 Ways to Give the Gift of Intimacy

purple present box isolated on whiteWe know it’s a challenge, but here’s how…
Intimacy will last longer than most of the items typically exchanged as gifts this season – certainly longer than the latest trends in fashion or a digital device that will be obsolete in six months.
Here are 11 ways to give or deepen your intimacy over the holiday season:… Read more…

6 Ways to Holiday-Proof Your Relationship

nuts, oramge and xmas lightsThe hustle and the bustle of the holiday season are upon us. It’s not an easy time for most folks in perfectly happy relationships, much less anyone who feels tension or is struggling with a significant other.… Read more…

Practical Perspective for Fighting Couples

Oprah 225Recently we were fortunate to be published in The Oprah Magazine. It’s a publication that always puts things in a practical perspective. We were asked to offer a few insights into the frustrating and perplexing arena of fighting couples. You’ll find us in the November issue of The Oprah Magazine, on page 121.… Read more…

It’s not about the nail

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Maybe you’re not exactly hitting the nail on the head when you try to communicate. We love how this video illustrates that point…… Read more…

Improve Your Own Dancing First

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I don’t know if you’re keeping up with the latest season of “Dancing With The Stars” but there is some real energy and personality there. Just like in many other arenas, Ellyn and I are on different pages about who we think should win.… Read more…

Rituals for Mother’s Day

Breakfast in Bed Contrary to the cynic’s belief, Mother’s Day is not an invention of Hallmark. The roots actually predate Hallmark, going back to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.… Read more…

Reflections on Motherhood

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Most couples have no idea about the stresses of parenthood before the first child arrives. Sleep deprivation, economic stress, cranky kids, too little time together and challenging limit setting all stress the most loving relationship. And well-meaning in-laws can stir up trouble too. Watch this video to see some ways to be good to yourself.… Read more…