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Couples & Relationships

Information on healthy ways for couples to interact and maintain effective communication.

How do you plan a wedding in a pandemic


Since March of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has left many couples feeling anxious and uncertain about their wedding plans. In the beginning, we saw many people being forced to cancel or postpone weddings they had spent months or even years planning. As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough. Now couples continue to [...]

How do you plan a wedding in a pandemic2022-12-13T14:26:08-05:00

Turning Toward Your Partner


According to Gottman, “In marriage, couples are always making “bids” for each others attention, affection, humor, or support”.  Essentially making “bids” means you are reaching out to your partner in order to connect.  Bids happen every day, and can be large or small.  Bids are evidence of turning toward your partner which is [...]

Turning Toward Your Partner2022-12-13T14:34:00-05:00

Nurturing Your Fondness and Admiration


As simple as it may sound, happily married couples like each other.  Happy partners maintain respect for each other even during disagreements and remind themselves of the positive qualities about their partner.  Although liking your partner sounds easy, couples often find themselves stuck in feelings of contempt or even disgust when it comes [...]

Nurturing Your Fondness and Admiration2022-12-13T14:34:44-05:00

Building Love Maps


Do you know the names of your partner’s friends?  What about your their favorite tv show?  If you had to order them ice cream, do you know what flavor they would like?  All of these are examples of the first principle of Gottman’s Couples therapy called Building Love Maps.  ‘Love Maps’ are the [...]

Building Love Maps2022-12-13T14:35:34-05:00

What makes marriage work?


According to John Gottman, “What can make a marriage work is surprisingly simple.  Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others.  But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all couples have) from overwhelming their [...]

What makes marriage work?2022-12-13T14:37:15-05:00
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