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Couple Relationships Archives

When Mike and Jan sat in my office for couples counseling, I knew they were on a slippery slope. They were doing the one thing marriages can’t tolerate. Jan rolled her eyes every time Mike brought up a complaint and responded, […]

Co-dependency can hurt  your sense of self and ruin your relationships. Not sure if that is you, keep reading. If you say yes to these questions, you have some work to do. Are you constantly putting the needs of other before yours? Is […]

“I love my wife. We are friends, but I am cheating on her.” This husband represents a number of people who are not in unhappy marriages but still have an affair. Their partners are not problematic, yet they cheat. This doesn’t […]

The Chinese are concerned about the state of marriage in their country. As divorce rates rise, they decided to do a few things to see if they could curb the rate of divorce. In 2016, one attempt was through China’s Supreme Court. […]

Once a year, we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day. Most of us will make dinner reservations, buy cards and gifts to express our love and appreciation for that special someone. But after the celebration, how does romance fare the rest […]

When someone in a relationship has a narcissistic personality disorder, it is quite challenging. Who wants to be with a person who thinks he is always right or consumed with his own issues? In fact, relationships often end because of […]

We all make mistakes, right? Marital arts guru Bruce Lee once said,“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” When you admit mistakes, you can learn from them. As we begin the new year, maybe we […]

You want to let your partner know how much you love him. Should you gaze lovingly into his eyes, send a text message or buy him a small gift? It’s important to keep the romance going. You decide to send a […]

Given the events of the past weeks, it is clear how blame can ruin peoples’ lives. The opposite is also true-the lack of blame allows people to get away with things. Blame, when tied to guilt, is appropriate. But you […]

In my 30 years of working with people, I have seen the power of forgiveness set people free. An adult child who was sexually abused, a wife betrayed by a husband, a teen whose addicted father beat him, a parent […]