Portland Relationship Counselor Suggests New Year Dialogue

January 3, 2011 by

This Portland relationship counselor knows from experience that couples feel closer when they make time to talk. Remaining closer helps to “affair proof” your marriage. Affairs happen because couples drift apart.  These sorts of conversations keep couples close and working as a team. This first weekend of a new year is a wonderful time to have an Annual Review Dialogue. Allow for an hour or more to dialogue about the passing year and the year ahead. It will help you put some things into perspective and set goals for 2011. Best of all you will feel closer than you did before you started.

Portland Relationship Counselor Offers the Following Dialogue

Print the dialogue below and follow the sentence stems to guide your conversation. Take turns with each area and remember to mirror your partner’s words. Complete each area and move on to the next.

Some appreciations I have for our relationship in 2010…

How you have added to my life in 2010…

Some important memories I have from 2010…

Some regrets I have from 2010…

How I saw you grow in 2010…

How I think I grew in 2010…

Some personal goals I have for 2011…

Some relationship goals I have for 2011…

One thing I am looking forward to in 2011…

Hopefully you will enjoy the exercise as much as this Portland relationship counselor does. Your relationship is worth protecting from affairs and making your first priority. Practicing good communication techniques is one key part of healthy relationships.  If you haven’t learned the dialogue techniques consider attending a Getting the Love you Want workshop or calling Portland Relationship Center for a couples coaching session.  This Portland relationship counselor wishes you a happy and intimate New Year.