If you have ever thought about attending family counseling, you are not alone. Family counseling is becoming more accepted in Utah as a way to work through problems. Although there are still stigma’s related to going to counseling, many more people are open to trying it (Related Article: Stigma’s – Counseling For Mental Health Problems…

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Learning how to communicate with your spouse is crucial to your marriage success. This isn’t a skill that you are taught in school or that seems to come naturally. In fact, part of your makeup as a human is to talk with them in ways that are not helpful. As humans, we tend to lean…

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Marriage counseling works best when you approach it as being beneficial to both of you. It’s not for your spouse, as you watch them improve their ways. It’s for you and your spouse, together. If not, then you are going to be frustrated and stuck.    The Problem   I often see couples come into…

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Marriage counseling is often put off until it’s either too late or until you and your spouse have difficult habits to break. Researchers have found that couples come into therapy years after they first need it (see John Gottman’s work). By this time, you have created and reinforced patterns of behavior that are difficult to…

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Marriage counseling in Orem can be effective. Most couples wait years too long to start couples therapy and their relationship pays the price (Related article: Couples Counseling: Why Waiting Can Hurt). If you and your spouse are on the fence about coming in or not, consider the following.    Either Way, It’s Going To Be…

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Therapy can be effective, whether you are attending individual, couples or family therapy. Here in Utah, many of your neighbors are coming into therapy for many different reasons. They come to counseling for depression, anxiety, pornography problems, relationship problems, ADHD, suicidal thoughts, life transitions, blended family issues, and adolescent or child problems.    No matter…

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When it comes to relationship problems, this one is at the top of the list – stonewalling (Here are some others: Relationship Problems – Criticism and Relationship Problems – Contempt and Relationship Problems – Defensiveness). One of the most important things to remember is that it’s not the presence of relationship problems (i.e., arguments, fights)…

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As a couples therapist in Utah County and Salt Lake County, I have worked with different types of clients. Over the years I have worked with clients presenting with anxiety, depression, pornography addiction, substance use problems, marriage problems, and many more. It’s been interesting that as I have worked with each one of them, my…

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Family therapy with adolescents in Utah often involves two key developmental principles. First, parents have to change their parenting style to match the stage their child is in. Second, adolescents need to learn how to become their own person and still remain a part of a group like their family. These principles are outlined in…

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