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Portland Relationship Counselor: Partners and Finances

September 18, 2014 by

Many couples choose to combine their finances when they marry, making it (somewhat) easier to work out things like paying for a car, mortgaging a house, and splitting day-to-day expenses. But what can you do if you’re in a long-term relationship and haven’t combined your finances?

This is a question that plenty ...

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Portland Relationship Counseling: 6 Inexpensive Date Ideas

September 10, 2014 by

As someone who provides couples counseling, I often recommend that couples schedule regular date nights—no matter how long they’ve been together—in order to ensure that they are setting aside meaningful time just for the two of them. However, I also know that date nights can get expensive, especially if couples are going ...

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Portland Marriage Counseling: Cut Out “I’m Right, You’re Wrong”

September 3, 2014 by

Think back to the last argument you had with your partner. Do you remember what the argument was actually about, or were you more focused on proving that you were right and your partner was wrong?

If you think of your arguments in terms of wins and losses, you’re falling prey to ...

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Portland Relationship Counselor: Falling Out of Love with a Partner’s Traits

August 27, 2014 by

There’s some truth to the expression “opposites attract”, but what happens when the traits that you used to love most in your partner start to seem incompatible with your own?

Some researchers call these traits “fatal attractions”, and they’re surprisingly common in relationships. For example, if you’re a somewhat reserved person, you ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Love Is All in the Eyes, Says New Study

August 20, 2014 by

“If you want to know if he loves you so, it's in his kiss.” You’ve probably heard that line in the famous Betty Everett song, but a new study from the University of Chicago suggests that the answer may actually be found in the eyes.

It may not come as a surprise ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Dates for Summer’s End

August 13, 2014 by

As a Portland marriage therapist, I often emphasize how important it is for couples to set aside the time to go on dates together, even if they’ve been together for years or decades. I’ve also offered suggestions for different activities that couples may enjoy doing together, including working out or going on ...

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Portland Marriage Counseling: Don’t Become Isolated in Your Relationship

August 6, 2014 by

For many people, the best part of entering into a marriage or long-term relationship is knowing that they have someone to come home to, be comfortable around, and confide in. We often believe that, when we’ve found someone to love and be loved by, we won’t ever have to worry about loneliness ...

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