Category - Marriage

Dating after divorce

Dating isn’t the easiest thing to do no matter where you’re at in life, but it’s especially tricky after divorce. There are lots of loose ends, baggage, children might be involved or multiple other issues might be making it difficult to start dating again. But before you begin to date again, you should take some […]

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Living with a depressed spouse

by Kip Zirkel, Ph.D., Family & Children’s Center Supervising Psychologist When you find a married person who is depressed, chances are pretty good you’ll also find an unhappy marriage. According to a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a spouse’s level of depression is a good indication of marital satisfaction, and the burden of […]

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The “simplest difficulty” to make your relationships thrive

Mike Hodson, MS, LAMFT Think of a time when you interacted with a significant other who “just didn’t get it.” Throughout time you have developed an expectation for interacting with others, especially in relationships. You expect others to act in a certain way, but remain flexible for when you don’t act a certain way. When […]

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The Importance of Supporting Your Partner’s Dreams

Rachel M. Slough-Johnson, MS MFT, Qualified Therapist Trainee and Level 2 Gottman Couples clinician   Quick! If you could only do one thing in 30 seconds to improve an important relationship in your life, what should you do? According to marriage expert John Gottman, the most important thing you can do is “cherish your partner’s […]

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Addressing Cyberbullying as a Community

Chelsie Swenson, MS, NC For many years, bullying has been a topic in communities and schools and combating bullying has long been a mission. However, with the increasing presence of social media in our lives, bullying has now taken on a form that often goes under the radar and much of the time unaddressed. This […]

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Substance Use Disorders: A Complex Brain Disease

Melony Hansen, MA, CSW, CSAC, IDP-IT, Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children’s Center According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual […]

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Keeping Romance Alive After Children Arrive

Happily married couples offer their children many short- and long-term benefits. Children raised by such parents enjoy security, emotional stability and healthy role modeling for a variety of present and future relationships. Yet the arrival of children can challenge the connection between even the most loving couples. One of the biggest mistakes parents make is […]

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Blending Families — Step by Step

It’s peak wedding season between now and October, according to the Department of Vital Statistics, and many of these weddings will be between people who are making their second or third trip down the aisle. With the Stepfamily Association of America estimating that one out of three Americans is now a stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling or […]

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Marital Infidelity

Research repeatedly suggests that 60 to 70 percent of married men and women have had an extramarital affair — indicating that most married couples at some point will have to determine whether their relationship can survive infidelity. Extramarital affairs happen for many reasons and occur even in marriages where partners love each other. For some, […]

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Dancing from a Distance – Tips for Long Distance Marriages

With the demands of modern life, it seems more and more couples are working to make their long-distance marriages succeed. In fact, U.S. Census data shows there are some 2.5 to 3 million long-distance marriages in the United States. Most often, couples are separated by military, school, work or family obligations. While these separations can […]

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