Relationship issues

Marriage: A Start-Up Guide from a Portland Relationship Counselor

March 22, 2012 by

As a Portland relationship counselor, I’ve helped many couples as they begin the lifelong journey of marriage together. Understanding the commitment you are making before you say “I do” is an important part of the long-term success of your relationship. Why are you getting married? What do you and your partner expect ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Liking a Relationship versus Committing to It

March 8, 2012 by

A recent study from UCLA psychologists found something not all that surprising: when two people are committed to making a relationship work – regardless of any relationship issues that might come up – the chances of them divorcing go down dramatically. When they aren’t as committed, those chances skyrocket.

Obvious, right? Why ...

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Relationship Issues: How to Discuss Bad Financial News

February 7, 2012 by

All relationship issues related to finances can be difficult, particularly if they involve bad news. Whether you’ve lost your job or maxed out the credit card, you may be scared to confess to your partner and even be tempted to handle it on your own, but this is a form of financial ...

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More Young People Refuse to Let Relationship Issues Get in the Way of Parenthood

February 1, 2012 by

As a Portland marriage counselor, I work with a lot of couples with children who struggle with relationship issues, so I was interested when I saw a 2010 Pew Research Center report saying that young adults are making becoming parents more of a priority than professional success, faith, or even romantic relationships.

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Portland Marriage Counselor: How to Work Through Relationship Issues Caused By “Stupid Boy Syndrome”

January 11, 2012 by

Many of my female Portland marriage counselor clients complain of relationship issues because their male partners don’t listen to them and often seem clueless about how to deal with or even discuss their feelings. In recent years, this phenomenon has even gotten a name: “Stupid Boy Syndrome.” I prefer to call it ...

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Relationship Issues: Should You Hold Off on Having Kids?

January 8, 2012 by

One of the relationship issues most couples face at some point in their marriage is deciding the right time to have children. And in this current economic climate, more people are deciding to hold off. Just how many? The U.S. birth rate is at an 11-year low. Money is a huge concern. ...

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Portland Marriage Counseling: Having a Baby Will Cause Relationship Issues

January 5, 2012 by

You need to know this, first time parents: whatever relationship issues you have now will only get worse after you have your baby. I don’t say this to deter anyone from having children. They can be wonderful additions to our life in many amazing ways. But I do believe it needs to ...

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