Can I Have A Life?

  Many times, I have sat with couples who have told me that they’ve lost their romantic spark. They say that attraction that drew them together is gone. When I ask them to describe their marriage as it currently is, I often find that one of them—or both—lacks personal friends and hobbies. Having a life

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frustrated couple | man and woman

When Do You Know You Need Couple’s Counseling?

A couple needs to come in for counseling to help work through their issues when either individual feels frustrated. Frustration is the most common emotion that I have seen expressed in my sessions with couples. Frustration is what you feel after getting angry didn’t fix the problem. Fixing problems in marriages are like trying to

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My Spouse is Depressed

Depression is tough. Having a depressed spouse is also hard and can prove to be a difficult and arduous road to travel. That journey can become a balancing act like walking on a tightrope (except it’s your marriage, not a circus act). Depression can create communication barriers in that the depressed person may become extremely

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Couple on a bike smiling

Depression and Marriage

As this week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week, I will discuss mental illness and marriage.  Early on in my career as a marriage counselor, I noticed that in a majority of couples I saw, there was mental illness present in one or both parties.  I also noticed that in those marriages, progress was incredibly

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Happy Couple in Therapy

My Approach to Marriage Counseling

I assume that both people are good at heart This is an important assumption because it allows for each person to feel loved and valued.  No one wants to be the problem, and it does no good to anyone if one person is singled out. Even in cases where all signs appear to point to

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Introduction to My Marriage Counseling Blog

Introduction to My Marriage Counseling Blog I am very happy to begin this blog.  I believe deeply in marriage, and one of my great passions in life is to see marriages succeed.  When marriage succeeds, the family is happier, the home is more peaceful, the children are better adjusted, and those connected to that family

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