11 Resolutions for a Better Relationship in 2021

It’s common practice this time of year to make personal resolutions: lose weight; eat better; save more. But have you ever thought about sitting down with your partner and making resolutions for your relationship? Not only would you improve one of the most important aspects of your life, but you’d have some built-in accountability! Here …

5 Signs You’re A Communication Victim

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The Two Things No One Taught You About Commitment

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″ custom_padding=”0|0px|54px|0px|false|false”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″] When you think of commitment, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the term commitment refers to the status of your relationship. You are either “in” a committed relationship, or you’re not. For some couples, “commitment” is simply synonymous with “exclusive.” Not that you asked …

5 Reasons To Choose Couples Intensive Over Traditional Therapy

A Couples Intensive is a day-long session that proceeds with the explicit goal of getting to the heart of your problems and evaluating each partner’s willingness to make necessary changes. I offer this format as an alternative to traditional weekly therapy. It is designed for couples who are in crisis, who have not benefited from …

Meditations on Loving and Losing

Lost, but Not for Words Marcus and Maria, like many embattled couples, arrive in my office and head for opposite ends of the couch. Their simultaneous plop-down strikes me as the most coordinated effort they’ve mustered in months. In unison, each hugs the armrest as though they might be able to stretch the underlying structure …

Vital Skill #4: Discover the Gift of Co-Regulation

This post is part of my Vital Skills series, a collection of 10 non-negotiable practices we absolutely must hone if we are to craft the loving relationships we truly desire. The word ‘vital’ has been used here intentionally for its dual significance; these skills are not only essential, they are life-giving. The time and energy …