New Orleans Couples Counselor

5 reasons to see a Couples Counselor Trying to decide between individual counseling and couples counseling?  Is your partner suggesting that you need to find a counselor to help improve your relationship?  In my beloved city of New Orleans and across the country, there are lots of different kinds of professionals that “counsel” people, but […]

Money Stress?

Almost every couple that I counsel reports some stress related to their financial health.  Even for families with substantial income, there’s always the pressure of the cost of life and different spending priorities.  Finances are so influential on family stress, that it’s one of the topics that I address with every couple in premarital counseling. […]

Gambit features Premarital Counseling

Dr. Morris in Gambit New Orleans Gambit Weekly featured an article on Pre-Marital Counseling.  Read the interview with Dr. Morris here. To learn more about premarital counseling, check out this link for Building Us.   Or, click on the following premarital podcasts. 5 Questions to Consider before Getting Married – Dr. Matt Morris What to Expect […]

Support the Bride… and the Groom

I spent the weekend at a Bridal Expo meeting brides-to-be, their friends, their moms, and a few to-be-husbands.  First of all, it was great to meet so many people who are so excited about being in a serious, loving, committed relationship!  Another thing of note was just how many of the brides had an entourage […]

Podcast: Thinking of getting married? Good!

Maybe it’s just that time of year, but I’ve been thinking a lot about premarital counseling lately.  In fact, next weekend I’m going to participate in my first bridal expo to showcase the “Building Us” program that combines 6 premartial counseling sessions with 4 booster sessions to assist the newly married couple during their first year […]

Podcast: so She’s dragging you to Counseling…

It seems that some men are forced into counseling I see it sometimes in my office – that look of dread that says “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”  A couple sitting on the couch; she’s eager to tell me everything, he’s squirming hoping to avoid talking.  If this sounds familiar or if you’re being […]

Building Us – a Revolution in Pre-Marital Counseling

Premarital Counseling that helps you through your first year of marriage… Pre-Marital Counseling (PMC) is the norm these days, particularly for 1st marriages.  PMC often involves a weekend retreat with a minister or clergy, or several counseling sessions with a therapist or pastor.  Couples who complete this process often feel that they are just scratching the surface […]

Till death do us part? Reflections on Premarital Counseling

As a relationship therapist I often work with couples before they get married. Pre-marital counseling has become a fairly standard practice, if not a requirement, for many couples seeking to be married. It’s a chance for the new couple to identify potential problems before the problems take root; a chance for the couple to recognize upcoming hurdles and clarify spousal expectations. It’s a chance for the couple to begin planning some parts of the marriage before they actually live it.
In this post and the following, I’ll describe some of the issues that I find critical to discuss in premarital counseling. Enjoy!

Axioms of Relationships – part 2

Axiom #2: It’s a Trio, not a Duet Picture this: you’re attending your friend’s wedding ceremony.  The officiant pronounces the two love birds wed, the kiss ensues, and all cheer the happy celebration… Our ceremonies celebrate the union of two people – a dyad. Sometime later, when the couple is alone, a tiff breaks out.  […]