Top 10 Tips for Saving Your Marriage

1. Want It The number one tip for saving your marriage is that you, and your partner, have to WANT to save the marriage. It sounds counterintuitive, and you may even say, “I wouldn’t be reading this article unless I wanted to save my relationship”. The truth is, we’re human and we lie. We lie […]


How a Quick Smoke Break Helps You and Your Love

I’m sure you’re probably wondering, especially if you aren’t a smoker, how taking a cigarette break can help your relationship. As a couples counselor I’ve come to learn that couples who stay consistently connected throughout the day and week have more satisfying and longer lasting relationships. This information is also supported by current research in […]


9 Tips Teens and Parents Should Know About Conflict

Being a teen is wicked challenging as it is.  It’s a period of life that is filled with emotional, mental,  physical, social, and sometimes, spiritual changes, challenges, and turmoil. Between all of the dances, sports, hobbies, social difficulties, who to trust, who not to trust, social media, balancing your life, and feeling that adults don’t […]


15 MORE Ways to Make Your Relationship Sizzle This Summer”

I know you are probably reading the title and asking yourself, “Where did I miss the original 15 ways to make my relationship sizzle?”  Guess what you haven’t!  If you like this fun list of ideas and want more at the end of this blog just click on the hyperlink to get an additional 15 ways, 30 in all!  We always love to hear your feedback, so feel free to let us know how these ideas made your love life sizzle this summer. 

1.      Have a day with no agenda – the only 2 things on it should be the 2 of you.

2.    Check out a live band or….


What Does a Pina Colada Have to Do With Rediscovering Your Partner…

As a couples counselor my work is profoundly rewarding. I love being the catalyst that reignites a spark between the couples I work with deepening their connection, love, intimacy, friendship, understanding and compassion for one another.  The majority of the work I do is…


3 Important Areas – How Your Relationship Affects Your Children

I bet you have often wondered how your relationship with your mate impacts your children.  I am sure it has crossed your mind multiple times especially during a family crisis, feelings of depression, or maybe because of the tension that you are trying to shield your kids from. Whatever the reason, let’s talk about it because if you are a parent I am sure you have wondered about it from time to time.  As you can imagine family psychology stresses that your relationship with your partner is extremely important. Gone are the days and the beliefs that…


What Does a Frog and Domestic Violent Relationships Have in Common?

I’m sure you’re curious to know what the heck a frog has to do with a domestic violent relationship. As a therapist I struggled for years trying to comprehend and understand why someone would stay in a domestic violent relationship. I really didn’t get it.  I didn’t get or understand…


7 Things Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Loving Yourself

February is the month of “love”, filled with red, white, pink, flowers, chocolates, expectations and often letdowns and disappointments.  Valentine’s Day focuses on the couple, however not everyone is in a relationship and those who are may feel like they nurture their partner on a regular basis and don’t need the…


Turning Towards, Away, or Against: Ways to Respond to Your Partner

Turning Towards, Away, or Against

With every interaction in our relationships with people, whether our significant other, colleague, or friend, we have 3 choices for how we will respond. We can choose to “turn towards” them, responding positively. We can “turn away”, react by ignoring, avoiding, or…


“The Positive Effects of Couples Counseling”

Sometimes making the decision to seek therapy as a couple conjures up all kinds of feelings and doubts, which can get in the way of actually securing the counseling that can help. Take a step towards healing. Get the information that will allow you to confidently make an appointment…

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New Year’s Resolutions Slipping Away Already…????

Here we are in 2016 and most people have proclaimed some sort of New Year’s Resolution.  The majority of people focus on losing weight followed by some other resolutions.  What is interesting is that the “resolutions” often focus on a lack of something, a deficit, or not wanting to feel a certain way.  They tend to be a bit negative, as though good things hadn’t happened. So instead of thinking about resolutions…


12 Tips for Couples to Stay Connected During the Holidays

The holidays can be fun and exciting but totally laden with busyness and stress. There’s the shopping, kids’ recitals, decorating, mentally preparing to spend time with relatives who you may have spent all year avoiding, and just day to day life. At times resources such as time, money and energy can be stretched thin and often we forget our partner with all the stresses during the holiday season. This is all the more reason to…

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How to Apply the 80/20 Rule to Reduce Holiday Stress

We are all looking for ways to reduce our holiday stress.  Let’s look at how to apply business principles to your reduce your holiday stress.  Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?  This is known as the Pareto Principle. It states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This rule is most often used in business to understand various aspects of a business, helping business owners make decisions about their business. As an example 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.

 Let’s take this principle and apply it to the holiday season.  Let’s look at this in regards to…


Brene Brown on Blame – Helping Couples

I love Brene Brown.  She is an excellent speaker and presenter.  She is genuine and delivers information in a way that is palatable, impactful and helps us understand ourselves and what occurs in relationships.  She helps people learn about and understand some of the commons things we do.  As a couples counselor and therapist the number one…


7 Principles for Making Marriage Work with Couples Counselor Katie Lemieux

Katie Lemieux, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, was an invited guest on Divorce Attorney Tammy Saltzman’s show “The Divorce Connection Network”.   Katie spoke about Dr. John Gottman’s “7 Principles for Making Marriage Work”.  

Katie has studied and used the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman in her practice working with couples in a variety of capacities.  Katie works with couples who are seeking counseling for a variety of concerns such as loss of connection, loss of intimacy, affair recovery, difficulty communicating, transitioning to parenthood, betrayal, addiction recovery…