How to Sidestep Defensiveness

By Debby Deroian | July 20, 2020

There is nothing quite like defensiveness to take a conflict from a minor disagreement to a full blown argument.  Have you ever experienced something like the following scenario?  You are feeling frustrated with your partner because they didn’t let you know they were running late coming home from work. When they walk in the door an hour later than expected, you are angry and …

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What to do About Erectile Dysfunction

By Debby Deroian | May 18, 2020

  Although it is something that can be so difficult to talk about, it IS something that many men struggle with. Erectile Dysfunction is a problem that compounds itself, meaning that one instance  is a disappointment and also may cause concern that at the next opportunity it will happen again.  That anxiety is part of what …

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We Are Here to Help

By Couples | March 28, 2020
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thinking of you and your families. As a nation, we have been ‘Overcome By Events’ including: Adjusting to a temporary new normal A loss of our usual stress relievers:  going to the gym, spending time with friends, worshiping together Being with family 24/7 without breaks Parents helping kids with …

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We Tried Couples Therapy and it Didn’t Work!

By Couples | March 5, 2020
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Did you try couples therapy hoping things would get better but instead they got worse? Did the session devolve into the same argument or you were deeply hurt in the session? Does couples therapy even work? If previous efforts to use couples therapy have been unsuccessful, our hearts go out to you. You took a …

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The Story Behind the Smiles

By Couples | January 14, 2020
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Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, looking at your friends’ beautiful pictures with their loving spouse or happy children and thought to yourself—”I wish I was as happy as them!” Or “I wish my relationship was as good as that!”  It is something many of us are guilty of in this world …

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Broadening Our Definition of Sex

By Couples | November 12, 2019
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How do you define ‘sex’?  Is it when one or both partners orgasm?  For heterosexual couples, PIV only?  How about oral sex, mutual masturbation, or sexting – does that ‘count’?  Over the years of working with couples, we have heard many partners express feeling unfulfilled with their sex life. If a partner brings this up …

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Solving The Most Common Relationship Issues: We Argue Over Every Little Thing

By Couples | September 30, 2019
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Does this scenario sound familiar in your relationship–you and your partner are having a great time spending quality time together on a rare kid-free day. You begin talking about how the kids are doing in school and suddenly you begin disagreeing about how to handle a situation that arose with a teacher. The disagreement escalates, …

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Solving the Most Common Relationship Issues: My Partner Doesn’t Emotionally Support Me

By Couples | July 18, 2019

Does this situation sound familiar to you? You have a terrible day at work, which includes making a mistake your boss noticed and having a disagreement with a co-worker. You come home feeling exhausted, frustrated, and concerned about your job security. You can’t wait to talk to your partner about your bad day so they …

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Solving the Most Common Relationship Issues: Differing Methods for Child Rearing

By Couples | June 3, 2019
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How do we discipline our 2-year old when he’s having a temper tantrum in the middle of the store? Do we let our middle schooler have the cell phone she’s been begging us for? How do we handle our teenager who wants to be allowed to go to parties and get in cars with people …

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The Professional Single

By Couples | March 28, 2019

Our most recent blog highlighted the professional couple. Another type of client that gets A LOT from working with us is the professional ‘single’’.  Perhaps you see yourself in the professional ‘single’… -A successful professional/leader in their company or a proud business owner -In a dating relationship and starting to notice small issues (such as …

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