Marriage Counseling Tips

The Census Bureau recently released a report that gives some insight into the “geography” of divorce. Couples in the Southern states have higher rates of divorce than other regions and the Northeast has the lowest. What about Relationship Problems in Portland, Oregon? We’re not doing so well.

Relationship Advice: 4 Challenges to Expect During Your First Year of Marriage

October 3, 2015 by

The first year of marriage can be one of the most exciting and memorable times in a couples life – but it can also be the toughest.

You may find it is full of ups and downs, adjustments, and surprises. While no one can prepare newlyweds for all that lies ahead, here ...

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New Study Reveals “Downregulation” Key to Marital Happiness

September 16, 2015 by

A 13-year study from Stanford University has turned up some interesting results regarding the secrets of long-term success in relationships. The happiest couples, according to the researchers, were the ones who were able to effectively manage negative emotions through the process of “downregulating.”

What the heck is downregulating? It’s the practice of ...

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Portland Relationship Therapist: 4 Questions for a Stronger Marriage

August 5, 2015 by

As convenient as it would be, there is no exact scientific formula for creating a perfect relationship. There are, however, scientifically backed strategies for strengthening the emotional bond you share with your partner.

A large part of building a stronger bond relies on the attitude you take toward your marriage. Building a ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Use Math To Make Your Relationship Last

July 29, 2015 by

If you’re like me – or most people, I imagine – math probably doesn’t make you think about love. In fact, I would go so far as to say that love and mathematics are two entirely distinct worlds for the vast majority of us. If there’s crossover, it’s because the mere mention ...

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Portland Relationship Counseling: Science Has a Love Formula

July 22, 2015 by

Am I talking about a love potion? Not quite.

Gerontologist Karl Pillemer wrote the book on happy marriages – at least, one of the books:

30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage. The Cornell scientist has surveyed almost 700 Americans over the age of 65, ...

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Same-Sex Marriage Advice for Newly Wed Couples

July 8, 2015 by

Last week, the Supreme Court made history books when it ruled in favor of making same-sex marriage a national right. In honor of this incredible landmark, I decided to write a post dedicated to the thousands of same-sex couples in Portland and across the country who are getting ready to approach the ...

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Portland Relationship Counseling: Getting a Reluctant Partner to Come

July 1, 2015 by

Making the decision to seek guidance in counseling is a defining moment in your relationship. Couples therapy can be a powerful move towards saving a troubled union, healing hurts, or simply helping a healthy relationship grow even healthier.

But the most effective couples counseling requires input and cooperation from both of you. ...

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