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Strategies for Effective Communication in Relationshi...

Relationships can be hard, sure, but we often make them harder with relatively simple oversights. Jenet Dove, LPCA, gave a webinar called “Strategies for Effective Communication in Relationships”. It’s all about how couples can lose sight of each other and how the best way back is through effective communication. You can find the video of…

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How Avoiding Conflict Can Become a Real Relationship ...

There are many myths surrounding marriage. One of the most insidious is that happy couples never fight. Conflict is inevitable and natural. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with your partner or your partner disagreeing with you. The key lies not in avoiding conflict but rather in developing healthy ways to resolve your differences.…

When to Seek Marriage Counseling, 7 Signs You Need It

If you are reading about when it’s time to seek marriage counseling, you are likely feeling pretty frustrated in your relationship. Do you have a hard time connecting with your partner? Are you stuck having the same arguments over and over again? Do you fear that you and your partner are more disconnected than ever? …

What are the Benefits of Marriage Counseling?

Many people think that your relationship has to be at its breaking point before you should get counseling. “Things must be horrible if you are seeing a therapist.” Please don’t believe that lie. No matter where you are in your relationship, you, too, can reap the benefits of marriage counseling. It’s true. If you are…

Before Getting Marriage Counseling, 9 Questions to As...

At some point in your relationship, you are likely to seek marriage counseling. And if the idea shocks you, don’t be alarmed. Sure, you may be looking for help due to trust issues, lack of connection, or repeating arguments that seem never-ending. But it’s just as likely that you and your partner may want to…

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Marriage Counseling: What It Is & Why You Need I...

Do you think you’re at a point where you and your partner need marriage counseling? Have arguments, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and anger come to define your time together? Has infidelity or other stressors affected your relationship? Perhaps you are just feeling disconnected from your partner? Being open to seeking counseling is a vital sign that…

communication in relationships

How to Identify & Express Needs to Revive Commun...

The need for love is embedded in the very fabric of your being. Your brain actually pursues romantic love with long-term intentions. The chemicals released through romantic feelings place you in a calm state, give you a sense of security, and even reduce anxiety and stress. Being in love is good for your physical and…

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How To Fix Your Marriage: 11 Strategies To Heal Your ...

Unless you’re a recluse, your life will include relationships with other people, from your parents to your significant other, children, friends, co-workers, and much more. Our relationships have incredible impacts on our everyday life.  Naturally, relationship problems happen. We are human, after all. We’re individuals with our own personalities and quirks, and keeping interpersonal connections…

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Effective Communication & Active Listening Skill...

Effective communication means, “Just say what you mean!” Sounds simple, right? But effective communication is far from simple. All too often, we try to communicate one thing, but the other person hears a completely different thing. It can be frustrating and counterproductive. Effective communication is a learned skill. It takes time and effort, but it’s…

navigate social connections during covid

How to Navigate Social Connections During COVID-19

Humans are social creatures, and we thrive on face-to-face contact. In the last few months, though, we’ve had to severely cut down on social activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of social distancing. Still, our need for social connection remains strong. So how can you stay connected during the pandemic? How can…

healthy relationship boundaries

How to Set Healthy Relationship Boundaries

Do you have a hard time standing up for yourself? Do you agree to things you don’t want to do? Do you take things personally that might not be personal? You may benefit from learning how to set personal boundaries in relationships. Learning how to set healthy relationship boundaries can also help you increase your self-esteem…

use these couples coping strategies to help during the coronavirus pandemic

Couples Coping Strategies While Living and Working at...

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced couples and families to work, go to school, and entertain themselves all at home. This comes with a lot of different challenges for couples. I reached out to one of our couples and family therapists, Greta Bellinger on strategies for couples while living and working together. Watch the video below…


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