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How stress in your relationship can affect your mental, emotional, and sexual health

How Stress in Your Relationship Can Affect Your Overa...

No matter how great your relationship is with your partner, sometimes they can cause a great deal of stress in your life. Whether it’s because of an argument or something less significant, no relationship is exempt from experiencing occasional issues. The strain your partner can create may not even be intentional, as it’s common for…

effective communication and active listening

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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Has Porn Ruined Your Relationship? What Can You Do

It doesn’t matter if it only happens on occasion, or if you (or your partner) find yourself flipping open your laptop each day to do it: Porn can seriously damage a loving connection. Are you wrestling with the fear that porn ruined your relationship? You aren’t alone. The pornography industry is a giant. It spans…

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Think Your Spouse is Cheating? 5 Signs Your Suspicion...

No one wants to think about their spouse cheating. Of course, assuming infidelity can do more harm than good. Cheating is one of the biggest trust-breakers in a marriage, and often a reason relationships end.  But, it’s also not fair to accuse your spouse of cheating when they’re not. Thankfully, there are some common signs…

Broken Trust: What to Do When You Discover an Affair

It sounds like a worst-case scenario and something that happens to other people. But studies show that about one-fourth of men and 14 percent of women have cheated on their significant other. The numbers are probably higher because, of course, not everyone owns up or gets caught. Long story short: You may eventually be betrayed…

Use these relationships lessons to help after an affair

5 Relationship Lessons to Learn After an Affair

Some lessons are more painful to learn than others. When betrayal is at the root, the pain is particularly deep. What are we to do if we’ve been cheated on? At first, of course, some rather extreme options may appear tempting. With a little time and perspective, however, we are left with some stark realities.…

Learn ways your sex life and mental health are connected.

4 Ways Your Sex Life Can Improve Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that sex is a critical component of relationships. In fact, studies show the average couple has sex about 54 times a year, or about once a week. Regular, enjoyable intimacy has the potential to bring you and your partner closer together both physically and emotionally. While intimacy and pleasure feel exhilarating in…

Unfaithful partner ready to recomit

6 Signs Your Unfaithful Partner is Really Ready to Re...

Trust is hard to earn yet so easy to lose. In the case of infidelity, trust can be shattered in a heartbeat. This situation has doomed many a relationship. Conversely, it is most definitely not an automatic death knell. Tears will be shed. Angry words will be yelled. Ultimatums, threats, and doubts will run rampant.…

Try these tips to help after infidelity.

From Infidelity to Intimacy? What It Takes to Be Clos...

The initial response to infidelity is often some blend of shock, anger, shame, guilt, and resentment. At some point, however, a concrete decision is made. Will the couple break-up or stay together? For those who choose to try again, it can be a long, bumpy road back to intimacy. In fact, there are more than…


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