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Marital Counseling: 7 Myths Couples Should Know
Research tells us couples often prolong -- sometimes for years -- getting professional help for their...
Intimacy in Marriage Declined? What Couples Should Know
If you're feeling confused and frustrated about a decline in intimacy...
Cheating in Marriage: Can We Trust Again?
When any type of cheating occurs in a relationship, there are two levels of pain: The...
Parental Conflict Affects Children
It's not unusual for couples to say that one of the reasons they seek counseling is...

Choosing a marriage counselor is daunting -- couples wonder whether the person they select will be a good fit. Guidance is provided to help couples select a therapist who is skilled and understanding.

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Study after study confirms what we may have thought all along: We have a strong, innate need to be close and connected to another person.

A secure connection to our beloved gives us confidence in the outside world, we can better handle life's inevitable challenges and we are more comfortable seeking our partner's support when needed. We are even more open to new experiences and we are more confident in ourselves.

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It's sad, but the fastest-growing trend in divorce is by people age 50 and older, hence the recent term "gray divorce."

While the overall US divorce rate has remained stable or even with a slight decline, the divorce rate for couples middle-aged and older has doubled in the past 20 years. In 1990, fewer than 1 in 10 people over 50 divorced. Today, one in four couples divorcing is age 50 or older.

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Sex is a vital component of a secure, healthy relationship. Intimacy provides important physical and emotional connection.

As a therapist who specializes in marriage and relationship counseling, I help my couples understand that secure, emotionally connected intimacy typically is most satisfying -- and there's research studies to back this up.

Unfortunately, when the relationship becomes strained and distressed with arguing and/or greater distancing, intimacy most often declines, sometimes becoming non-existent.

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It's impossible not to hurt our partner's feelings from time to time: Missteps and misunderstandings happen in all relationships -- Things we say, don't say; do, don't do; or forgetting something important to our partner. So, forgiveness is an essential part of a healthy relationship.

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