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5 Tips for Rekindling the Romance in Your Relationship

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | May 2, 2017 | Couples, Marriage

We see many people coming through couples counseling who want to rekindle the romance in their relationships. The stress of work, family responsibilities, and other external factors can leave people feeling the romance has fizzled out... READ MORE


Why Is Trust Vital to Relationships?

Phoenix, AZ Relationship Therapy

By Dina | Apr 4, 2017 | Couples, Infidelity, Marriage

Strong relationships have common foundations: they are generally based on mutual respect and open communication. They’re also rooted in trust. Couples who have difficulty trusting one another are more likely to experience marital complications and divorce than those who trust completely... READ MORE


How to Get the Most from Marriage Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Mar 7, 2017 | Couples, Marriage

Marriage Counseling Can Be Daunting To some people, it feels like a last-ditch effort to save their relationship, while others may see it as a necessary part of working through being together. Regardless of the way you view marriage counseling, you want it to be as effective as possible... READ MORE


3 Reasons Every Young Couple Should Seek Out Premarital Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Premarital Therapy

By Dina | Feb 9, 2017 | Couples

Divorces are all too common in today’s world. While many young couples don’t like to think about the possibility that their relationship could one day come to an end, pre-marriage counseling can actually provide the tools you need to work through problems... READ MORE


Feeling Ignored in Your Relationship?

Phoenix, AZ Relationship Therapy

By Dina | Feb 7, 2017 | Couples, Divorce, Marriage, Pre-Marriage Counselling

Relationships require a delicate balance. Both people want to feel loved and valued. The more appreciated each person feels, the more willing he or she is to put forth effort and work together for a happy partnership. This need for approval and affection, however, is... READ MORE


Do We Need to Go to Couples Counseling? 6 Warning Signs to Look For

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Jan 9, 2017 | Couples

Successful relationships may seem easy, but the truth is that they take a lot of work. It’s natural for relationships to evolve over time, but when one or both parties doesn’t have the tools needed to navigate a rough patch, partners may drift apart or do irreparable damage to the relationship. Some couples want to gain this knowledge prior to entering into their union, which is why pre-marriage counseling is becoming more popular... READ MORE


How to Know if You’re Ready for Divorce

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Jan 3, 2017 | Couples, Divorce, Marriage

In Many Cases, Counseling and Teamwork Can Overcome Marital Differences and Get Your Marriage Back on Track. In other cases, however, divorce is the best option for both parties and may be best for your family in the long run. If You’re Considering a Split From Your... READ MORE


How to Make Home Feel Safer for Vets With PTSD

Phoenix, AZ PTSD Therapy

By Dina | Dec 27, 2016 | Couples, Families, PTSD

Coming home can be terrifying and difficult for veterans with PTSD. Families face a great challenge in helping their veteran adjust to normal life and mange this disorder. With anger and abuse commonly associated with PTSD sufferers, this reunion can be concerning for... READ MORE


How PTSD Can Impact Marital and Romantic Relationships

Phoenix, AZ PTSD Therapy

By Dina | Dec 6, 2016 | Couples, Divorce, Marriage, PTSD

Marriage is one of life’s greatest joys. War is one of its greatest sorrows. A veteran who returns home from war with PTSD faces the hardship of having these two relationships mixed together. PTSD casts its challenging symptoms onto every part of a veteran’s life, and... READ MORE


Four Telltale Signs You Need Couples Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Nov 22, 2016 | Couples, Infidelity

For Most People, Their Wedding Day is Like a Fairytale. After the honeymoon, however, it takes hard work and compromises to maintain a marriage. Even more casual relationships have some give and take. It’s normal to disagree and have emotional ups and downs, but how... READ MORE


Helping Vets With PTSD Maintain Relationships With Their Children

Phoenix, AZ PTSD Therapy

By Dina | Nov 15, 2016 | Couples, Families, Marriage, Parenting, PTSD

A veteran mom or dad who returns home with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) also returns home with new relationship challenges for his or her children. A child may feel as though the parent who departed for duty several months ago is not the same parent who recently arrived back home... READ MORE


Five Reasons You Should Go to Couples Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Nov 11, 2016 | Couples, Marriage

Marriage is a constant work in progress, and just because you have been with your spouse for a many years doesn’t mean that everything will be smooth sailing. In fact, the longer you have been together, the more likely different problems are to come up. And... READ MORE


Ways to Coax Your Partner into Couples Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Nov 8, 2016 | Couples, Marriage

Couples Counseling Can Help Patch up Your Relationship and Teach You Healthy Methods for Coping With Stress and Disappointment. It can only be helpful, though, if both parties are willing to attend, keep an open mind, and listen to the counselor. Sometimes it can be... READ MORE


How to Tell if Your Marriage Still Stands a Chance

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Nov 1, 2016 | Couples, Marriage

The Divorce Rate in America is Staggeringly High! There are more than 875,000 cases every single year – about one divorce every 36 seconds. For some couples, there is no other choice. However, many relationships don’t fit this bill. There are several signs that show... READ MORE


Five Bits of Relationship Advice for New Moms and Dads

Phoenix, AZ Family Counselor

By Dina | Oct 25, 2016 | Couples, Families, Marriage

Before Your Bundle of Joy Arrived, You Spent Lots of Effort Baby-Proofing Your Home. It’s easy to prepare physically, but often we forget that other areas of our lives need attention, too. Becoming a parent is a wondrous feeling, but it takes a while to become accustomed to it. The changes can echo deep within your relationship, so you need to think carefully about how to proceed... READ MORE


Signs It Might Be Time for Couples’ Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Oct 4, 2016 | Couples

Many couples resist the idea of counseling, assuming that it means a marriage has failed or will fail. Other couples aren’t sure if their “little” problems warrant counseling. If you think you need couples’ counseling, chances are you probably do. If you need more than a gut feeling, these signs can help you decide for sure... READ MORE


You Might Be Ready for Marriage if You…

Phoenix, AZ Premarital Therapy

By Dina | Sep 20, 2016 | Couples, Marriage, Pre-Marriage Counselling

If you’re thinking about getting married, congratulations. Marriage is a wonderful thing. Just because you feel ready for marriage doesn’t always mean you’re actually ready. Similarly, uncertainty isn’t a sign that you shouldn’t get married. There are some key ways to... READ MORE


10 Ways for Women to Recover from a Fight

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Aug 9, 2016 | Couples

All couples have their fights; no two people get along 100% of the time. The difference between successful couples and those who fall apart is in how they handle the fight. Here are 10 things that women in successful relationships should do after a fight. 1. Don’t... READ MORE


20 Ways to Move Past Betrayal

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Aug 2, 2016 | Couples, Infidelity

Keeping someone in your life after he or she has hurt you through infidelity can seem like an impossible request. It’s not. It can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are 20 steps you and your partner can take to make it through this challenging time... READ MORE


How to Fight Fair as a Couple

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Jun 21, 2016 | Couples

All couples fight, but there’s a way to fight fair and get something positive out of the argument. If you aren’t sure how, marriage counselors—like the ones at Family Coaching LLC—are there to help you learn... READ MORE


Signs You Need a Marriage Counselor

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | May 24, 2016 | Couples

Marriage counseling is a fantastic way to work through marital problems, but some couples aren’t sure if they need it. The truth is, many marriages can benefit from marriage counseling, including ones that look strong on the outside. If you’ve considered marriage counseling but aren’t sure whether to take the leap, these signs can help you make a decision... READ MORE


Dealing With Relationship Changes After Marriage

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | May 17, 2016 | Couples

Marriage is wonderful, but just like any relationship, there are challenging times. Before the big day, it may help to discuss your new relationship with a marriage counselor. Many couples encounter hiccups in establishing their new life together, and they may feel as though they can’t do a lot of the things that they could before they married... READ MORE


The ‘How To’ for Navigating Difficult Conversations

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | May 11, 2016 | Couples 

Every marriage is going to encounter touchy subjects or difficult choices, and it’s important to approach them honestly. Every couple is different, but there are some steps you can take in almost any situation to make a difficult conversation easier... READ MORE


Counseling Your Way Through Infidelity

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Apr 26, 2016 | Couples

If one or both partners has been unfaithful, it can be a death sentence for the marriage. In some cases, the infidelity may have manifested through problems with the relationship that both partners may be willing to address. The healing process may be difficult, but marriage counseling is one of the best ways to begin.
Infidelity is never easy to handle, and discussions usually tend to be emotionally charged... READ MORE


Ready to Tie the Knot? Not Before You Ask These Questions!

Phoenix, AZ Premarital Counseling

By Dina | Apr 20, 2016 | Couples

Most people have a cautious view of marriage in today’s society.
Since over half of first marriages end in divorce, it’s important to fully consider your commitment before making one. Pre-marital counseling can be a great way to address any problems you may have before carrying them into a marriage. Being proactive can lay to rest any doubts or worries you may have about taking your relationship to the next level... READ MORE


3 Ways Your Whole Family Can Benefit From Marriage Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Apr 13, 2016 | Couples, Families

Going through and coming out of difficult times together can bring a family closer than ever. While every marriage and family will have challenges, it’s important to remember that marriage counseling isn’t an attempt to fix something that’s broken—it’s a way to find out how you can help each other work as a team... READ MORE


5 Ways to Turn an Okay Marriage into A Great Marriage

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Feb 9, 2016 | Couples, Families

Every week I hear couples complain that they are unhappy in their marriage.  That there is something missing.  They have turned into roommates; they are in a rut, that there is something missing, mostly that it just isn’t the way it used to be and they want more from their relationship.  Although, there are often several factors that contribute to this the most common reason is that they have stopped trying.  Perhaps because we feel we have tried so many times and nothing ever changes or that you are tired of being the only one trying... READ MORE


To A Long Happy Marriage Together

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Aug 26, 2015 | Couples

I recently found myself on an airplane sitting next to a woman who was flying to meet her fiancé.  They were to be married the very next day.  When I told her what I did for a living, and that I myself am married to my husband for 26 years, she asked me if I had any advice for her.  I told her that no marriage was perfect, but that the key to a long, happy, and successful marriage was to learn to have trust in your spouse, be present when they speak to you, validate their feelings, and find the good in what they do... READ MORE


The Golden Rule to a Happy and Loving Marriage…

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | May 26, 2015 | Couples

The golden rule of marriage says treat your partner like you yourself would want to be treated.

Please do not confuse this with do for your partner as you would have them do for you.  After all we are not the same person, and although there are times that we wish our spouses acted or thought more like us – think about it would you really want to be married to someone just like you?  I go back and say treat your partner... READ MORE


Can I Save My Marriage or is it Too Late?

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Mar 24, 2015 | Couples

Can I Save My Marriage or is it Too Late?
If a couple is willing to put in the effort to repair their marriage or their relationship, it is Never too late, but that does not mean you should put off repairing it that will only make the road to recovery so much harder. In many instances couples just need help communicating, rebuilding the romance, or putting the fun back into their lives. In other instances it is more severe such as the need to rebuild trust due to infidelity, lies, or hurt feelings... READ MORE


3 Tips to Help You Improve Your Relationship

Phoenix, AZ Couples Counseling

By Dina | Feb 1, 2015 | Couples

Many times as we begin to get angry or irritated with our partner and frustrated in our relationship, the escalation could be eliminated or at least minimized if we assume that our partner did not mean to upset or hurt  us.  It also allows us to keep the action in perspective, and not make it bigger than it needs to be – where we get so angry we throw every bad thing they have ever done into the fight.  Ask yourself why would your partner want to see you upset?.. READ MORE


5 Things to Know Before You Get a Divorce

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Sep 18, 2014 | Couples

Often times people get caught up in the “What if”.  They convince themselves that getting a divorce will fix all their problems. Sometimes the true solution comes from the person you share a bed with each night.  You just need to repair the problems in order to build the relationship you want and deserve... READ MORE


An Affair Does Not Need to End in Separation/Divorce

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | May 13, 2014 | Couples

An affair does not need to end in separation/divorce. In fact, affair recovery can and does work, if the correct steps are taken to remedy the type of affair that has occurred. There are three types of affairs that can occur during a marriage: emotional, sexual, and the most difficult to recover from, emotional and sexual... READ MORE