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How did something that was so exciting, fun, and honestly felt so good, slowly morph into feeling like a chore? If you’re experiencing this in your relationship, you’re not alone. Of course, the world wants you to believe that every other couple everywhere is having sex, all the time, no problem. But frankly, that’s not true. As couples move through the phases in their relationship, left unchecked, most experience a decrease in frequency of sex. Here are some of the contributing factors:
According to phys.org, a study conducted found that couples who had premarital counseling had a 31% lower divorce rate than those who did not. Premarital counseling prepares you for what’s ahead. Arms you with the knowledge and know-how so you’re less likely to succumb to the factors that contribute to divorce, should they arise. And if they do, you’ll be able to spot and extinguish them early on.
Many times, people enter into relationships just to feel less alone, but end up being more miserable than had they remained single. Spending time with someone you’re not fully compatible with or someone you can’t be yourself around is a recipe to being more unhappy overall. Do the two of you have the same idea about what retirement looks like? To ensure that the two of you have the best union possible. seeking premarital counseling is one of the best things you can do
Romance novels and happily ever after Hollywood movies capitalize on the, ‘can’t keep our hands off one another’ phase of the relationship, and ultimately, this may do more harm than good. See, we’re not really taught how to have real intimacy – what that looks like – and how damaging it can be to a relationship if we’re not actively working on cultivating and maintaining it. Here are 3 steps that lead to real intimacy.
Some red flags aren’t always apparent at the onset, as people tend to be on their best behavior. Then, as you continue to see that person over time, your feelings get involved. You may find you’re more inclined to ignore or make excuses for bad behavior. If you’re wondering about some of the behaviors the person you’re dating is exhibiting, and are not sure if they could be considered red flags, keep reading.
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Roughly 70% of couples that attend marriage counseling or couples counseling after infidelity stay together, according to a still referenced 2000 study by psychologist Shirley Glass. Having a clinician present throughout the process ensures you’ll have the best chance of rebuilding your relationship, and prevents unhealthy dynamics relating to any unresolved issues present after the affair.
There have probably been times where you’ve felt as though you and your spouse keep having the same argument, over and over. You wonder, when did the two of you stop being a team? Regardless of what stage you’re in in your relationship, the good news is you’re here. Reading this. Because recognizing and fixing the following common issues will improve (and can actually save) your relationship.
Agreeing to begin marriage counseling is a major step forward for any married couple. Regardless of the factors that contributed toward your decision to attend marriage counseling — it takes courage and shows true commitment. It’s a sign that you are both seeking to better understand each other’s needs, are willing to invest time and resources in your relationship and are committed to finding a path forward.
It’s not a secret that intimacy in the relationship is crucial. It fuels it. We define intimacy as both physical and emotional closeness. It creates a deep bond between partners. It's unique and helps us build a healthy, romantic, and compatible relationship. This makes us feel happy and satisfied as a couple and as individuals. All of us desire healthy, honest, and strong relationships. One, where we can be ourselves. Independent, respected, and loved. This is how it should be, right?
One of the many benefits of being in an intimate adult relationship is the deep, emotional connection we experience with another person. At the outset of any new relationship, we enjoy getting to know our partner — what makes them tick, what their hopes and dreams are, and what keeps them up at night. We spend time probing into their fears and desires, and in turn, find ourselves sharing our own thoughts and feelings. The emotional bond is established, and the relationship continues to grow.
Coordinating a family, navigating school holidays and homeschooling, working, juggling a social life, and paying the bills takes up a lot of time. But the thing is — when you don’t invest time and energy into your marriage, it’s easy for one spouse to feel as though they’re bearing the weight of the world alone. Here are our 15 ways to bring a little spice back into your marriage — both in and out of the bedroom.
Anger is a totally normal human emotion that can and should be expressed in healthy manners to help resolve conflict between two (or more) people. Some people experience anger in a way that creates an intense buildup in the body which results in showing their discontent at a particular situation and end up being explosive. Having a spouse with IED can be difficult. Here are 4 tips to dealing with someone with IED:
These questions will allow you to discuss core relationship issues, build a foundation of communication and trust, and honestly get to know yourself, your partner, and your relationship dynamic even better. Whether you choose to have these conversations with just the two of you or with a premarital counselor is up to you. However, if there is any tension, conflict, or failure in communication before your big day, we highly recommend you seek the help of a couples therapist.
It’s a long process and a process that requires both partners to give of themselves, to be open, present, and vulnerable, but it can be done. In order to heal from an affair, very specific steps must be followed. One of the most important things you can do is to seek professional help.
VIP Couples Intensives to Heal Your Relationship A couples intensive is the equivalent of six months of weekly therapy sessions. There are a lot of reasons why a couple might choose to attend a couples intensive together. Although the following list shows examples of why a couple may choose to attend a retreat, the reasons will be different for each couple.
Couples in happy, long-term relationships “make it” because both partners care deeply about each other, but also because they make their love intentional. The feelings of “being in love” can change over time from butterflies and fireworks to comfort and companionship. See: The three components of creating passion in a relationship are as follows.
Even though it may seem impossible right now, rebuilding your sexual relationship is possible. Find out how the Gottman Institute’s approach to affair recovery and sex after an affair and discuss how you and your partner can have a healthy and successful relationship after infidelity.
The decision to stay and fix your marriage means both of you are willing to put in the time and energy, the therapy sessions, the homework, the emotional exposure, and the self-reflection to transform your existing relationship into something healthy and strong.
To be successful at something takes dedication and hard work, and relationships are no different. Contrary to what some may believe, couples therapy is not just for couples on the brink of separation or for those going through a challenging time. Couples therapy is for happy couples too!
Couples counseling is for couples in any stage or season of their relationship. For couples who are about to be married and newlyweds, couples counseling is a fantastic way to form a closer bond, create a shared vision of a life together, and talk about all the things. For happy couples, it’s a chance to strengthen an existing bond, build communication skills, and increase intimacy and affection within the relationship.