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The Beatles’ relationship advice that money can’t buy you love is true. A recent study by Brigham Young University asked over 1,700 couples across the country to complete a marriage study where one question asked them to rate how much they value “having money and lots of things.”

Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry, Advises Portland Marriage Counselor

August 1, 2011 by

As a Portland marriage and relationship counselor, I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen marriage problems that are exacerbated or even caused by too much public disclosure. With the advent of Facebook and other social networks, it has become even easier to let everyone know every intimate detail of your relationship, ...

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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 ...

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Marriage Counselor in Portland, Oregon Reflects on Bickering

June 28, 2010 by

Even a marriage counselor in Portland, Oregon can be guilty of too much bickering, one of the most unpleasant of relationship habits. Recently on a vacation with my spouse we reflected on how we no longer bicker. (Actually he said we do so bicker, and I said we do not.)

It got ...

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An Oregon Marriage Counseling Tip: Take Recovery Time and Have a “Do-Over”

April 7, 2010 by

Even the most practiced skills can go right out the window when a couple has an argument. What can couples do when they find themselves triggered and defensive? Have a “do-over”! ...

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Couples Counseling Can Reduce Arguments

September 28, 2009 by

In couples counseling we often deal with how to reduce, fight fair or even eliminate arguments. Do you often argue in your marriage or relationship? Do you and your partner seem to have the same argument/fight repeatedly? Does it feel like you resolve the issue for a day or two but then ...

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