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Imago therapy workshops are extremely effective for couples going through infidelity. Infidelity is often a traumatic experience for a couple and usually leaves the marriage on the brink of divorc...

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Marriage Retreats are a best kept secret because they not only transform your marriage, they transform your life. Here are 5 little-known benefits of marriage retreats that can transform your life...

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Many people talk about fighting rules for relationship. Imago therapy will teach you how to fight with your partner the right way, which is not to fight at all, but a real discussion about the mos...

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Most conventional marriage counseling fails. Many who practice marriage counseling do not even have advanced training working with couples, beyond one course in graduate school. Working with coupl...

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Many wonder how to suggest marriage counseling to your partner without freaking them out. The thought of going to marriage counseling may imply something is wrong with the marriage, or that your s...

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Marriage counseling can be helpful, but for many couples it doesn’t necessarily work, even with a good therapist. Most counseling sessions are 50 minutes a week. (If you are lucky, it might be 90 ...

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How can you find a marriage retreat near you regardless of where you live without sacrificing on quality, effectiveness, and privacy?

Easy. Skype (or Zoom). We'll explain below.

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If you are looking for relationship books that might actually help you be a better partner, here are some of our favorites:

How relationship books and videos can save your marriage:

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Are you wondering if there is a way to save a failing marriage where divorce seems imminent?

The answer is, yes.

Although it seems quite unilkely to turn things around so dramatically when your...

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If you are wondering what happens in marriage counseling and what to do to prepare yourself for the first session, it depends on what type of marriage counseling you are attending.

 

Need more i...

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If you are searching the internet for marriage help, you may be wondering how to pick the best marriage retreat for you and your partner.

There are so many options out there and it's hard to kno...

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You want to make sure you find the best marriage retreat for the both of you. You're apprehensive, not sure what to expect.

 In the best marriage retreats, these 4 things listed below will be what...

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Many people wonder whether online marriage counseling is as effective as in-person therapy.

Even if you might think in-person is more effective, there are still many important factors to consider ...

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While it's unreasonable to think that marriage intensives will eradicate all conflict in a relationship, they can definitely help.

By getting to the core issues of your relationship and teaching y...

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If your spouse wants a divorce and you don't, it's one of the scariest, most painful situations in which you can find yourself.

More inspiration on what to do when your spouse wants a divorce and...

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Imago therapy is quite different than traditional marriage counseling. How can you tell?

The moment you enter the office, you'll notice that there are two chairs facing each other. While you may w...

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It's hard to know sometimes which marriage help solution is the right one for you.

There are so many ways to get help for your relationship these days-marriage retreats, marriage help books, marr...

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When looking for a marriage retreat, there are so many factors to consider. We'd like to share with you more about our relationship retreats so you can decide what the best fit is for your relatio...

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We've just announced new dates for the next Getting the Love You Want marriage retreat that we hold in Baltimore, MD.

What is the Getting the Love You Want workshop? The GTLYW workshop was created...

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Your husband wants out. He's been quiet and hasn't shared his feelings with you. You're nervous. You're wondering if he is leaving you for someone else.

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If your wife wants a divorce, it's important to reflect on what has led up to this point and what could be done differently that might reverse her decision.

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If your spouse is not interested in working on the marriage or wants a divorce, you're probably experiencing a wide arrange of emotions from anger to sadness and fear. It's a painful place to be. ...

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Individual therapy is great when helps you process your feelings, helps you become more conscious, and empowers you to be honest with yourself and emotionally healthy. Where it can go wrong is whe...

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When your wife wants out or your husband wants out, it can feel incredibly frightening.

The clock feels like it's starting to tick and you may feel like, internally, there's a countdown for winnin...

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If your wife wants a divorce all of a sudden, you're likely to be shocked, scared, and even angry. While you may just be a clueless husband who didn't see the obivous coming, it's more likely that...

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What can you do to divorce-proof your marriage? Is it even possible to stop divorce that seems like it is inevitable?

For more inspiration on the topic of divorce-proofing your marriage, read oth...

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If you're looking to do some couples therapy exercises at home, the easiest thing to do is to start with sharing appreciations

When you begin focusing on what is good in your relationship, your en...

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Does your communication stink? Do you fight everytime you try to talk about something important. Boy are you not alone!

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Cut out all the noise and all the drama and distraction in your marriage. We're talking about the fights, the issues, the conflict, the pressures that just won't seem to go away.

The best way to do...

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If you're looking for affordable marriage counseling, and you really NEED to see an actual marriage counselor instead of following a do-it yourself course or online program, then looking into Imag...

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Did you know that a marriage retreat can be equal to 6 months of couples counseling?

The good news is that we offer marriage retreats in Baltimore every 3 months so if you're a couple that is look...

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A lot of couples worry that if they go to a marriage counselor, a therapist will take sides.

It's a valid concern because most marriage counselors do indeed take sides.

Unless they are trained in I...

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In the past decade of working with couples in crisis, we've found that there is no better way to save a marriage than with an intensive experience like a 2 day marriage retreat.

That's why when w...

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We coached you in the last post called How to Save a Marriage When Only One is Trying (Suggested Script I) about how to invite your unwilling spouse to begin considering attending our private marr...

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You probably have a bunch of questions about what actually happens at marriage retreats.

You may be worried it's going to dredge up old feelings or old hurts and make things worse. (Possibly as ma...

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If you're familiar with Imago Therapy, you know that the concepts are so real and so profound- and you just can't believe that you're going through EXACTLY what Dr. Harville Hendrix talks about in ...

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What are some of the best alternatives to couples therapy, you ask?

There are several that we can mention and the best, most effective alternative to couples therapy, are going to be therapy retre...

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This beautiful story posted below by the cute couple featured in the picture above, tell you why they chose to go to an Imago workshop and what their results were. Enjoy reading their story :)

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Sometimes it's helpful to take stock of your marriage and see where there is room for improvement and/or to give yourself a pat on the back.

More inspiration on creating healthy relationships:

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Imago therapy is all about connection. Our goal is to help you connect with your partner, even about the difficult issues that come up in your marriage. We believe that conflict is an opportunity ...

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No other therapy model focuses on taking action for better connection quite like Imago therapy.

Yes, other marriage tips and techniques sound great, but they don't necessarily have anything for yo...

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Imago therapy is all about taking better action so you can have better connection.

It's not some lofty therapy modality that sounds great but then when you're actually in the heat of the moment wi...

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If you're looking for a marriage enrichment retreat, you've probably heard of marriage encounter or hold me tight workshops or the like.

Marriage encounter specifically is for Christian couples wa...

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We often get asked, "What are the mistakes that you see couples making most often in their marriage and in their relationships?"

While there are many mistakes that couples could be making (especia...

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Do you have a criticism of Imago Therapy? Have you seen our videos where we use the Imago dialogue to properly hear each other? Do they seem stiff and unkind? Or caring and validating?

Need som...

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When your home is full of tension due marriage problems, everyone suffers. And on top of that pain andfrustration, it's really hard to believe that marriage could be better, after all, society is ...

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Lots of people are looking to take relationship quizzes so that way they can understand more about if they are well matched with their partner, or what kind of person they will end up marrying, or...

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Considering a marriage retreat? Being that a marriage retreat usually requires that you commit for at least 2 days to leaving your home and traveling to a new locale, you want to make sure that yo...

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The following was an article that we were interviewed for, by David Margolin of Ami Magazine. We think it is a very comprehensive overview of Imago Therapy.

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If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to experience Imago Relationship therapy, and you are looking for marriage counseling that works, here’s why we strongly suggest you try Imago.

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I was fortunate to co-author this fascinating Imago Therapy course designed especially for Synagogues and Jewish couples with Harville Hendrix, founder of Imago therapy. I spent much of my time re...

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"Can this marriage be saved?" - is a question that people ask a lot. We often hear about predicaments that couples are in and often, the situation seems so dismal that there is no way out of it.

T...

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The #1 problem ranking on a list of couple’s top relationship problems is a lack of communication in marriage. We polled our readers over several months asking them about their top relationship is...

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We asked the following question on our Facebook page last Valentine's day: Are you under Valentine's day pressure?

More inspiration for when you feel pressured:

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The recent election has people around the country in "fight to the death" mode. The nasty election cycle and the "Not My" phenomenon (#notmypresident, #notmymarch, etc) models what so many of us do...

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When you feel stressed, you are not able to make conscious and informed decisions. You will react out of fight/flight mode. The Imago Dialogue can help provide stress relief by working to calm down...

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How do you save your marriage when you are the only one trying?

If you are both contributing to your relationship nightmare, or more likely you think it's your spouse's fault, how can you possibl...

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Are siblings meddling in your marriage?

Do you dislike your brother or sister in law?

Is your sister or your spouse's sister trying to break up your relationship?

If someone in your family is tryin...

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It's tempting to want to lash out when you're feeling angry and experiencing marriage frustrations. And as the picture says, it's OK to be Angry but never OK to be cruel.

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We've been to many Imago workshops over the years and are now hosting our own Getting the Love You Want Weekend Couples Retreats. Couples are traveling from all over to Baltimore, MD to attend our ...

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What "should" your new year resolution be for the upcoming year? If you do this 1 thing, so much more will follow.

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Dr. Phil shared the story of a woman - who after learning of her husband's affair - had 5 affairs of her own, distracting herself from the pain of his affair by jumping into affairs of her own. "M...

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With the holidays approaching, no doubt you might be feeling a bit of anxiety when you think about all of the time that you and your family will be spending with extended family. Here are 3 tips on...

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If you're wondering how to keep your long distance marriage strong even in the case of physical distance, know this- it's entirely doable and will take work (just like in the case of any marriage!)

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If you often think, "Social media is ruining my marriage!", here are 3 rules you need to follow:

More information on Social Media and Your Marriage: Helpful tips to prevent a divide

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You're wondering, "is my spouse unhappy?" Chances are that you already know the answer to this question and are looking for what you can do to help foster the old feelings of happiness that you use...

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If you're looking for information on staying present in a relationship then likely you know that it is all too easy to allow the pressures of daily life to distract you from the one who "should" me...

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While most people appreciate gifts, for some it is a CRUCIAL way in which they feel loved. If you hear your spouse complaining that you never buy them gifts, likely this is an indicator that one of...

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How to communicate with your spouse around politics? It's important to note that divisiveness and politics often go hand-in-hand. Especially in a two-party political system as we have in the United...

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If you find yourself thinking "there is no hope for my marriage", it's important for you to know that the idea that, “there’s nothing more we can do” and “we’ve tried everything”, and that “some ma...

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If you're looking for holiday activities for families to bond, here are 6 interesting and smart tips:

More inspiration for the holidays:

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When should you cut your partner some slack? One of the hardest times to do this is when your husband is out of work and depressed but that is when he needs it the most. And it may not be why you t...

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Wow, what a week it has been. For our readers in the U.S., it has been a particularly divisive and polarized election season. The election results have left half the country elated while the other ...

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We'd like to share with you our latest podcast episode: Married to a Narcissist: What can you do besides leave and still lead a happy life? Listen along to the podcast and read the written transcr...

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Are you an adult child of divorce? There are so many of us out there, and whether you are an adult child of divorce or not, these marriage videos will help you.

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What you’re about to see is a 10 minute talk on what happens when you experience marital conflict, why the power struggle happens in the first place and how you can begin to shift how you respond i...

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Curious about what happened in the Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt divorce? Read our letter to Angelina Jolie: Before you end your marriage permanently...

Dear Angelina,

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Some of us are feeling utterly drained in our relationship, in our roles. Perhaps you just finished the summer with your kids all home wanting to be entertained. Or perhaps you've gone out with oth...

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What does it take to fix your marriage? The most successful couples are those that are committed to doing whatever it takes to having a good marriage. This includes taking personal responsibility- ...

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"Should I stay or should I go?" Ending a relationship is never easy. If you are calling it quits and reading this article, you are surely looking to do your due diligence and minimize the potential...

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Marriage is truly the "unfinished business" of childhood. What does that mean and how does it affect you? We are all in marriages that are going to resemble our childhoods-in obvious ways and not s...

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When we get married, according to Imago therapy (the couples work that we practice exclusively), we are driven automatically to recreate our childhoods. What? How do we do this and why is this such...

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Your relationship affects your health- beginning with physical health- from protection against alcoholism, to a quicker recovery from diseases and health problems such as cancer and heart attacks. ...

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There are varying degrees of abusive relationships.  No abusive is acceptable and is an impediment to building a safe and loving relationship. While it is possible for abuse to stop, it is incumb...
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The best gift you can give your children is a stable home. You might be the best parent in the world, but if you can’t get along with your spouse, you are jeopardizing your efforts. Creating a stab...

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What is the 1 question to ask yourself before breaking up is: What do you need to be happy and what can you do to bring that into your relationship?

More inspiration for questions to ask before a ...

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Learning how to communicate better at work is important as you're spending most of the day with your coworkers. Effective and safe communication protocols can change the very culture of a company...

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Do you wish your marriage could be better even when your spouse isn’t interested? Are there changes you’d like to see in your spouse but you don’t know how to even broach the subject? A couple shou...

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Have you heard of the book, First Kill All the Marriage Counselors? We have, and we interviewed the author for our podcast, "Can this Marriage be Saved". It's a great interview and we wanted to sha...

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Because we all enjoy love stories :)

I knew he was the one before I even saw him. I had no idea that he’d have a thick bushy beard or that he wore nerdyish glasses, but I knew from our very first...

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There's a lot of talk about the Konmari method and how to declutter your life and home. Couples also want to know about how they can de-clutter their relationship and if such a thing exists. We thi...

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One of our readers recently sent me this quote: “I'm glad that what's going on in my head isn't happening in my life.” This made me think about the stories we often make up in our head. Consider wh...

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Money can be a charged topic. We've put together a few relationship questions about money that you'll want to address before you get married, ideally. If you're already married, consider this an in...

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In this podcast episode designed to provide you with relationship help, Rivka shared an experience she had recently with an acquaintance where she was left feeling unheard and invalidated.

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Sometimes your relationship just gets into a really negative space and you feel like you need a relationship detox.

More inspiration about overcoming negativity and staying together despite the od...

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"Will my parents mistakes affect me when I am older?" There are some lesser known but very impact-ful ways that our parents mistakes affect us.

More inspiration for adult children of divorce:

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How does birth control affect relationships? In more ways than you might think! Many people mainly attribute birth control's impact on relationships with regards to the sex drive and the physical s...

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What's it like relationship-wise for couples that own businesses together? We work together on our marriage counseling business together and are quite familiar with both the joys and the potential ...

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Should you forgive someone for cheating? The answer really depends. If you wish to stay in relationship, then forgiveness is a must at some point. However, the process doesn't really start until th...

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Have you heard about rage rooms where you can go and find a location near you to essentially physically "act out" your stress, anger, and anxiety?

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Why do marriages fail? Why are some couples successful at breaking free from a "couples rut" and why are some not?

More inspiration for breaking out of a rut:

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What do you do if your husband is willing to “work” on the relationship but only on his terms? What do you do if you want to discuss past hurts and get an apology while he just wants to move forwa...

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We have found that family therapy is an effective way of healing old wounds, opening communication, and reuniting family members. Whether it's an adult parent and child, in-laws, or siblings, we ha...

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If you're looking for couples therapy exercises to perform at home, we recommend that you read our book, The 5 Step Action Plan to a Happy & Healthy Marriage. The book is based on Imago therapy (on...

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There's nothing that feels worse than the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize, "my marriage is falling apart". When you realize that your marriage is falling apart you want somethin...

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If you're looking to learn sex education for married couples, here's a quick primer on marital intimacy and how to keep desire strong for your ENTIRE married life. This education will help you whet...

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"It's such an unexpected luxury to have your partner's full attention" (Harville Hendrix). We know that many of you are feeling lonely in a relationship, in your marriage, going to bed alone when y...

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When done right, giving holiday gifts can be an expression of love and caring and can bring a couple closer together. Yet, gifts can often be a sore point and can produce the opposite result.

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As we mention regularly in our relationship advice, it is always good to cultivate the attitude of gratitude in your relationships. As this week is Thanksgiving for those of us in the United States...

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Being married to a narcissistic spouse can feel devasting, shaming, and utterly alone. You're afraid to talk about it to anyone because your spouse will threaten you. Here's what you need to know abou...
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In our latest podcast episode, Shlomo and Rivka talked about the phenomenon of divorce being contagious.

More inspiration about friends and divorce:

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In our recent podcast on the topic of Adult Children of Divorce, Rivka shared that she feels that she is showing up as mom and as wife with an inherent lack of skills and resources.

More inspirat...

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Holidays are a tense time. I have spent many counseling sessions over the years working with couples on issues relating to preparing for an upcoming holiday or recovering from the aftermath of a di...

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When your spouse checks out of the relationship, it can be quite a scary feeling. They may even say, I love you but I'm not in love with you." It's quite easy to get caught up in the drama and the...

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The Imago Dialogue is an active exchange between a Sender (the speaking partner) and a Receiver (the listening partner).

Here's an example of an Imago dialogue that we had recently in our own marri...

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Is your spouse or someone you love suffering from trauma? Here's how to help someone with ptsd. 

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Love will keep us together. True or False? Couples panic when they no longer "love" their spouse. When they no longer feel attracted to their partner or want to have sex with him/her. But is this r...

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We recently interviewed an author and psychotherapist local to Baltimore by the name of Israela Meyerstein. She wrote a book on the topic of How to cope with Illness. We were especially curious wh...

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Many of you want to know if it is possible to fix your marriage by yourself, without your spouse's involvement in the process. In our latest podcast episode, we answer the question, "How Can I Fix ...

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With all of the stress that is going on in the world and in the news- coupled with managing work, the family, and all of your day to day responsibilities, it's no wonder that our relationships are ...

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The ‪‎Ashley Madison‬ debacle via live @FOXBaltimore Interview: You Just Got Caught on #AshleyMadison, now what?

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Hackers broke into a database of 37 million users for the cheating site Ashley Madison, whose motto is, "Life is Short, Have an Affair".

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If you're experiencing marriage problems, seek out a counselor that is especially trained in marriage counseling. Don't see an individual therapist when you are experiencing relationship issues.

M...

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By now you might be familiar with our approach to how we help couples create healthy relationships, but we haven't really shared much of our love story and how it began. We love reading about o...

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What does it take to have a successful marriage? While it may appear obvious, the couples that make it are those that are committed to making their marriage work. And the flipside is true as well....

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Just got off the phone today with a customer service experience that was quite hellish. Clearly, this business owner never learned how to communicate effectively. It's amazing that he is still in b...

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When you feel like you're falling out of love, you need to take action! Not to consider divorce, since that will work against you later on, (see why that is here), but to actually create love! Ou...

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“You don’t really love me!” How many times have you heard your spouse make that proclamation? “How could it be?” you ask, as you list all of the myriad ways in which you express your love. What m...

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"How do I get my wife to love me again?" is a question that comes across the minds of many a husband, especially when their wives are giving them the cold shoulder or the silent treatment. This mar...

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When I decided over a decade ago that I wanted to spend my life helping couples, I had no intention of becoming a businessman. While I had to be compensated for my times to support my family, I wa...

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Every couple experiences marriage problems at some point in their relationship. Some couples have big problems, some small, but we all have them.

More inspiration for fixing marriage problems:

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About a year ago I received a call from a woman who was interested in couples counseling. There was one problem: her husband refused to come to a marriage counseling. I gave her some pointers about...

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If you've landed on this page, no doubt you've searched for adultery and infidelity counseling. Our guess is, if we had to pick which spouse is guilty, it wasn't you. How do we know? Because most p...

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Although fathers may often seem like silent partners in raising children, their role or lack thereof is quite impactful on the lives of both sons and daughters. As we age and become parents, we und...

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Premarital counseling and education is becoming more and more prevalent, and is even a requirement in some faith communities by those officiating at the wedding. While some couples enter premarital...

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Over the years, there've been movies and posts jokingly made about "nightmare" couples retreats and stories about "marriage retreat hell". We're hoping these are mostly fiction, because the couples...

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You have all heard marriage is hard, don't go to bed angry and other famous pieces of marriage advice. Are the following pieces of popular marriage advice fact or myth?

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Before you give up on your relationship, you need to do this first.

If you read interviews about very successful business owners and entrepreneurs, you'll notice that when they are asked by the int...

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There are many things your husband would love for you to know about him but he just won’t tell you. Is he purposely not sharing these things with you or has it been awhile since you had a deep conv...

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There are many things your wife would love for you to know about her but she just won’t tell you. Is she purposely not sharing these things with you or has it been awhile since you had a deep conve...

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As I reflect on all the unhappy couples I have counseled over the years, I have come to the conclusion that the ultimate secret to their success depended on one thing: commitment. In fact, studies...

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The Shoemaker usually has no shoes. What's true in our case?

It was the week before Passover, the busiest time of the year for our family. Rivka saw an email from our therapist listserv, looking fo...

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The good news is, if you're guilty of comparing your marriage, know that looks can be deceiving.

You'd never know from our recent photo shoot that we couldn't wait for it to end. Between the bab...

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What you can’t stand in your spouse may be your own reflection.

"My husband is controlling!"

"My wife is driving me crazy!"

What drives you crazy about your spouse?

Do you have a judgment that your...

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Couples often come into my office with a heart of stone. While at one time they did feel love for their spouse, that feeling has dulled over the years, usually by pain, frustration, and resentment....

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As parents, you surely want the best for your children. You focus tremendous amounts of energy on trying to provide the ideal nurturing environment for them and listening to parenting advice! That ...

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Staying happily married requires active participation in growing the relationship. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to drift apart from your spouse.

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My Spouse will not go to Marriage Counseling and we need it. What can I do to persuade him/her?

You found marriage help that may just work this time,  you tell your spouse about it, ask him/her to ...

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As we approach Passover (Pesach), I have been thinking a lot about how couples can release themselves from the bondage of their negativity and learn to love again. Couples often come in to my marri...

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Communication problems are one of the biggest challenges couples face in a marriage. Inability to communicate effectively with one's spouse can lead to one or both partners feeling unheard, not car...

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The reason there are so many communication problems in marriage.

Once upon a time, a hailstorm and a turtle fell in love. “I can’t live without you!” thought the hailstorm. “I feel so complete wit...

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A personal letter from a couple with the "worst marriage":

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We find that the easiest way to avoid falling out of love is to recommit to taking the time to make extended and connected eye contact with each other. Not sure how to do it?

More inspiration on I...

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If your husband is not interested in marital intimacy it doesn't necessarily mean that he is having an affair and getting it elsewhere. While it is a possibility, and could be a red flag if he has ...

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Your first reaction might be shock, disbelief, hurt, or anger. Think before you respond, as any strong reaction is likely to do more harm than good.

More inspiration for you:

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You found out your partner is using pornography. You're hurt, shocked, and horrified that you discovered porn. Keep reading for what to do.

More resources on handling intimacy issues:

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Believe it or not, it is not only couples that are afraid of marriage counseling there are many therapists out there who are terrified of working with couples and rightfully so. What if they fight ...

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What do you do if you don't love your spouse anymore? Is your marriage beyond repair? Is this feeling normal? Is it possible to love again? Couples are often confused when their relationship takes ...

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If you've come to this page, you or your spouse have likely had an affair. You're in pain. Whether you're experiencing feelings of anger, betrayal, shame or guilt, you're suffering. You want to k...
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There's a particular person that inspired us to write the marriage counseling books that we now share with the masses over at Amazon and here on our website. The funny thing is that we can't even r...

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Can a marriage survive a midlife crisis? We think so, although it can be very scary and unsettling for the spouse that is watching the other going through the change. People typically think of mid ...

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One of the transformative components of our couples retreat, is the opportunity to leave your regular environment and spend 2 days together solely focused on your relationship.

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Is it possible to save your marriage on your own? Without a professional marriage therapist? Have you heard about couples that have successfully used marriage videos and marriage audio learning sys...

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