Why are relationships so hard?

Recently I asked everyone in our office the above question.   These are the responses I got… Michael Waldrip: Every couple in their Present relationship stands together on the razor’s edge of their Past and Future. Their Past has been comprised of hopes, fears, longings, regrets, hurts, wounds, desires, strengths, weaknesses, separateness, togetherness, laughter and […]


Want to connect with your spouse? I’ve recently become kind of a neurology nerd, particularly in the area of how our brains function in relationship to other people.  I’m most interested in how our brains go haywire when we’re upset by our spouse, partner, kids – our most loved family members. I’ve become a nerd […]

Marriage in a Funk?

Are You Prioritizing Your Relationship? By: Giselle Armantrout If I had a dollar for every time a couple told me they were in a funk and they were not feeling “in love” in their relationship, I could take a trip to Europe! How do relationships get to this yucky spot of not feeling in love… […]

Pre-Marital Counseling Near Me?

Premarital Counseling in New Orleans Pre-marital Counseling will not prevent divorce or guarantee a lifetime of happiness and bliss.  It should however give you the necessary skills to have the important conversations with your spouse that are part of any healthy marriage.  Here’s 4 reasons you should strongly consider premarital counseling. Premarital Counseling… Gets you […]

Social Media Vacation

Is your connection to your phone causing disconnection with your partner? First, let me be clear, I love my phone.  It’s filled with so much great information. Almost daily I use the more-computer-than-phone in my pocket to check email, respond to students, text family, schedule clients, reorder my fantasy team, pay a bill, edit a […]

3 WORDS that will improve your MARRIAGE

Improve your Marriage I was recently asked to speak at a wedding.  That’s right – the soon-to-be-married couple asked a professional couples counselor to give them some relationship advice during their ceremony.  And there’s plenty of advice out there – you can google it!  “Don’t go to bed angry.” “Continue to date each other.” “Don’t take each […]

Premarital Counseling – in the News!

Premarital Counseling… is it for everyone? Recently, celebrity couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been speaking publicly about their use of marriage counseling. In the May 2015 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, Bell says, “You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don’t figure out how to cook without reading a recipe,” […]

Are we compatible?

Becoming Compatible I regularly hear the couples I counsel wonder if they and their partner are compatible.  Soul-mates.  They seem to suggest that if they’re compatible, the relationship may work, but if they’re not compatible, the relationship will fail.  They seem to want me to analyze them individually to see if they “fit” together. Some couples […]

Relationship Counseling

What is Relationship Counseling? Recently my kids were playing with a group of their friends.  After being together for awhile, one of them noticed that their play time was not nearly as conflict-filled as it normally is.  They discussed this observation and realized that one person, who they normally play with, was missing.  The kids […]

Some Testimonials…

It’s daunting to choose a counselor… and testimonials from others can sometimes make the decision easier.  Below are a few thoughts about my work from a few of my professional colleagues and friends.  Hope this helps you make your decision. “There’s sometimes a negative stigma about counseling in our culture, particularly with regards to relationship/couples […]