A Marriage Counselor’s Opinion of Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine's Day. What is your opinion of Valentine's Day? I often have clients who attend marriage counseling in Salt Lake City, Utah inquire regarding my opinion of Valentine's Day. Many don't like it because it feels like it was created by the card and candy companies as a means to just pad their revenue. While that may be true, I think that just about any reason we can use to be prompted to make our relationships with a spouse or significant other is a good reason. Look past the … [Read more...]

What do you remember?

Do times feel tough in your relationship? Do you wish things felt as easy and exciting as they seemed when you and your spouse first got together? I remember the great times I had with my wife when we were dating. We went fishing up Logan canyon. We took walks around the campus at Utah State. We listened to music we both loved. We went to baseball games. I remember many great times we had. The common themes from these memories are: We had great times. The great times preceded the … [Read more...]

You hardly talk to me anymore

You hardly talk to me anymore When I come through the door at the end of the day I remember when you couldn't wait to love me Used to hate to leave me... It used to be so natural To talk about forever But used-to-be's don't count anymore They just lay on the floor 'til we sweep them away... These are some of the lyrics from a well known song written by Neil Diamond and sung by many artists over the years. The lyrics tell a common tale that many struggle with. Do you relate? Does it … [Read more...]

Family First

We live in a world driven by aspirations, public opinion, and striving to be the best. Why do we do this? The short and blunt answer might be: image management. At what cost? The short and blunt answer might be: our families. I have been one who has always strived to excel. I worked hard as a child to live up to my potential. I secured a scholarship to college, attended the best graduate programs in my field, ran for public office, sat on advisory boards, developed a successful business that … [Read more...]

Can our marriage be saved?

A common question I receive at first appointments from couples is: Can our marriage be saved? This is a good question. One that can help you determine if you should or should not try to work through things in counseling. If you ever find yourself asking this question, consider these thoughts: Do you love your spouse? Are you willing to improve with out needing to wait to see if your spouse improves first? Are you willing to work on strengthening your friendship with and commitment … [Read more...]

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