Couples face many challenges during the course of their relationship, and the sad truth is that most of us spent more time growing up studying for our driver's license than our marriage license. To make matters worse schools don't teach kids how to have a successful relationship, and those who grew up in a broken or dysfunctional family may have never had the workings of a successful relationship modeled for them. So how is a couple to survive after the honeymoon period when the challenges of life appear?
Counselors define drifting as a gradual, subtle, often unintentional severing of emotional ties in a relationship. It's virtually inevitable unless you take the steps to stop it, and that makes sense when you think about it as anything in life you don't put work into will run downhill; relationships included. The good news is that there are very proven methods to stop drifting, to turn things around, and in doing so to strengthen your relationship and reclaim the fondness and admiration you once had.
At times when couples come into my office, these life challenges have gone unchecked for so long that the relationship is in the trauma stage. Other times one or both partners decide that even though the relationship is still strong, they just want to learn how to handle conflict more effectively, learn better ways to nurture their friendship, or how to deal with gridlocked-perpetual problems that continually reappear and seem unsolvable.
Integrating both faith and science based interventions such as those developed over more than four decades of research at The Gottman Institute, I help couples strengthen or rebuild trust and commitment, as well as their friendship, learn the simple steps to stop drifting, manage their conflicts, and get on the right path to create shared meaning, and make their life dreams come true.
A solid relationship is the most important gift one can receive in life, and it's my privilege to work with you to strengthen yours. You came to this page and have continued reading this far for a reason. I look forward to speaking with you, but you have to take the first step. Call us at 469-225-9040 or contact us online to take that step and learn how to care for your relationship.
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