Relationship Counseling

What You Need To Know About Surviving Financial Infidelity

By Mary Ellen Goggin / August 30, 2021
Brick wall with the words "Until Debt Tear Us Apart" written on it.

Mention the word “infidelity,” and thoughts immediately go to the bedroom and clandestine sexual rendezvous. But there are other forms of betrayal that can be just as difficult to repair. Money, for example, represents far more than a means to an end in a marriage. And surviving financial infidelity can be just as difficult as…

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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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How A Weekend Marriage Retreat Can Change The Course Of Your Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / December 28, 2020
Couple sitting on dock cuddling after a weekend marriage retreat.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Relationships aren’t built on a kiss. And marriages don’t fall apart over one argument. So what are the chances that one weekend marriage retreat can change the course of your relationship, let alone save it? The math might surprise you. If hindsight in marriage is 20/20 like most things…

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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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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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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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Can Marriage Counseling Help Your Relationship? It Helped Michelle Obama’s.

By Mary Ellen Goggin / November 19, 2018
Michelle and Barak Obama use marriage counseling to keep their relationship healthy

Couples don’t always realize the damage they do to their marriage when they don’t talk through their problems. They hold back from expressing negative feelings such as anger, fear, and disappointment. When couples let unexpressed negative feelings accumulate, they unwittingly build  is a wall between them. Each time an unresolved conflict goes unaddressed, a brick is added to the wall. The bigger the wall , the harder  it is for couples to talk and feel close.  Disconnection puts the relationship at risk.

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