Couples Counseling

How To Talk With Your Spouse About Marriage Counseling

By Mary Ellen Goggin / August 17, 2021

When marriage takes a turn in the wrong direction, righting it is often beyond a couple’s forte. If you’re the one recognizing the slippery slope, you may already know that correcting it is going to require outside help. But knowing how to talk with your spouse about marriage counseling is going to be your first…

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Need Help Surviving Infidelity? Here’s How To Find The Best Support For Your Situation

By Mary Ellen Goggin / July 23, 2021
Man holding his face in his hands as he wonders how to find help surviving infidelity.

The frequency of infidelity in marriage does nothing to assuage the shock and loneliness in its wake. Regardless of which side of an affair you occupy, you are likely to feel alone in it. And seeking help surviving infidelity may not even register with a starting point. Cheating has similarities across the board — signs…

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6 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider A Private Couples Marriage Retreat

By Mary Ellen Goggin / December 2, 2020
Couple holding hands in a forest as they discuss attending a private couples marriage retreat.

You wouldn’t think twice about getting extra training to make you better at your job. Some things you just have to do when you have priorities. But what are the chances you would attend a couples marriage retreat to make you better at your marriage? Again, priorities. If you’ve never attended a couples marriage retreat,…

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5 Simple Steps To Overcoming Jealousy In Your Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / June 4, 2020
Classic painting of a man trying to flee a jealous woman.

You’re not asking for anything unreasonable when you expect commitment and trust from your partner. And jealousy is a natural reaction, though it can get out of hand. You just want what belongs to you. And you don’t want anyone else threatening to take the one you love. But it’s important that you understand how…

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What It Means If You’re Feeling Contempt Toward Your Spouse

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 10, 2020
Yellow square metal face that appears to be feeling contempt.

We all have a dark side that is as much a part of who we are as our sunny-side-of-the-street disposition. And denying even the occasional rendezvous with negative emotions like anger can make us as suspect as the expressed emotions themselves. But there is a dark side that is unequivocally dangerous to the health of…

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How To Respond To Contempt In Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 2, 2020
Man yelling at phone isn't how to respond to contempt.

Every marriage has its frustrations, its grapplings with anger and dissatisfaction, and even its periods of distancing staleness. But some things are so damaging to a relationship that reconciliation is iffy at best. For this reason, learning how to respond to contempt before it takes root in your marriage is essential. The question “How does…

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Surviving Infidelity In Your Marriage Is Possible If You Do These 9 Things

By Mary Ellen Goggin / February 26, 2020
Couple kissing to celebrate successfully surviving infidelity in their marriage.

There’s no question that few things will shatter a heart or marriage like infidelity. It is a veritable implosion of everything marriage stands for. If you are in the recent throes of an affair, surviving infidelity in your marriage may seem impossible. And it can feel as impossible for the offender as it does for…

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4 Reasons Marriage Retreat Weekends Can Be More Productive Than 9 Months Of Couples Counseling

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 30, 2020
marriage retreat weekend

“That’s all the time we have for today. Same time next week?” If you have ever been to counseling, you know the drill. And if you have ever shared the couch with your spouse, you know how coveted every one of those 60 minutes is. But on marriage retreat weekends, the approach to time is…

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