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Here we post articles and practical exercises for couples who wish to improve their marriage or relationship. Look through the title and beginnings of articles below, and click any title to read them. It’s good to know you’re not alone.

Ways for Individuals to Cope with Cabin Fever during Sheltering in Place

A few weeks ago, I published a blog about how couples can spend time at home during the sheltering in place. I speculated that all streaming services are going to be well used during this time. Many people will binge on shows they have missed and movies they have wanted to watch, but that will only sustain and entertain you for so long.  Despite the difficulties caused by the coronavirus, this can still be a great opportunity to try new things, learn new skills or get back to something you love doing but don’t always have time for.  So, [...]

How To Choose A Couples Therapist…

  The goal of this article is to help you find the couples therapist that’s right for you. Helping couples is something I am extremely passionate about for both professional and personal reasons.  Because of that I wanted to get this information out on a couple of different platforms, so you can read the article or listen to it online. Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Stacy Lee and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  I am also the Clinical Director of The Couples Institute Counseling Services.  The other thing I [...]

Ways for Couples to Connect during Sheltering in Place.

I’m sure all the streaming services are going to be well used during this time. Many people will binge on shows they have missed and movies they have wanted to watch.  Yet, it’s also a great opportunity to do other things together and to even get to know each other more. Couples and families can actually use this time to build fond memories.  And to be honest, down the road, when this is over we aren’t going to look back and say “Hey, remember during the COVID-19 shelter in place when we binge watched tv…that really brought us closer [...]

Relationships, COVID-19 and Sheltering In Place

What to do, what to avoid, and how to find opportunities in disguise  The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has our communities facing several rapid changes. The shortage of basic goods, social distancing, and the order to shelter in place have caused intense emotional reactions and a strain on many parts of our lives.  Most employees are working remotely for the foreseeable future. While others, like first responders, have to continue to go out and be of service during this time of great difficulty. Some are far away from elderly loved ones and are feeling powerless to help them. [...]

How Frozen 2 Can Improve Your Communication

Today I’m going to tell you how song lyrics from a Frozen 2 song can change your communication and relationship. My daughter is about to turn 5 so I have seen Frozen 2 a few times now…don’t worry there will be no spoilers here. Towards the middle of the movie Anna is faced with a difficult task, to move forward in the face of pain she sings the song “The Next Right Thing”.  Sitting in the movie theater watching this unfold I was struck once again by this concept, because to be fair it’s not fully an original [...]

How Couples Therapy Supports Individual Growth

The choice to begin couples therapy is often a major turning point in a relationship. And if individuals are really, truly honest with themselves, there may be a hidden motive that goes something like this: "Well finally, my partner is going to get some help for xyz." Coming to therapy in order to address your partner's issues or faults might backfire, and here's why. Couples therapy requires individual work, and that's not a bad thing. While often it is the case that the thing that most irritates us about our partner is what gets us into therapy, the real surprise is [...]