5 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage | Lifeworks Counseling Center Carrolton

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage

Finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with is the most wonderful and exciting moment in your life. As stressful as wedding planning may be, the excitement of starting your new life together overshadows any stress you may feel. Then your wedding day comes, and it’s the happiest day of your life. You are finally ready to start your new life as husband and wife. The early stages of your marriage are filled with love and excitement. Known as the honeymoon stage, everything your spouse does fills you with butterflies and delight. However, as time goes by, some of that spark you felt seems dimmer and dimmer. This isn’t to say that the love and excitement are gone, but it doesn’t appear to be there as often and as strong as before. Marriages are not as easy as you’d like them to be. Just because you made the decision to tie the knot does not mean that all of your problems would be solved. Marriage takes effort, care, focus, and selflessness to build a strong foundation. In times of worry and distress, there are ways to strengthen your marriage to create a long, satisfying, and loving…

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When is it ok to get back together with an ex?

Relationships are difficult. Sometimes our relationships don’t work out because they were bad timing, because we weren’t ready, or because the other person wasn’t in a good space, etc. Whatever the reason, it is true and sad that some really special relationships come to an end. Getting back together with an ex is a difficult decision and it can be complicated. You have to remember that you broke up for a reason, and you shouldn’t let nostalgia and emotions cloud your better judgement if you know that reason remains. However, many couples do work things out and get back together and end up happy and in healthy relationships, so it is possible. There are of course certain stipulations to be considered and the approach you take will be a big deciding factor in terms of success. Whether or not this rekindling is possible for you and your ex is highly dependent on multiple subjective factors. Probably the most important thing you have to remember is to not let your emotions cloud your better judgement throughout this whole process. Before making the decision to get back together, you need to set aside some time to think. You should also set aside…

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How to Deal with Cold Feet Before Your Wedding Day

It is only natural to have cold feet before your wedding day, but how do you know if these doubts are just pre-wedding jitters, or something more serious? Most brides and grooms will admit to having some hesitations leading up to their wedding day – after all, you are about to take the plunge and commit to spending the rest of your life with one person. In the majority of cases, this freak-out time means you are experiencing some pre-wedding anxiety that will pass as soon as you see your soon-to-be-spouse at the end of the aisle. Cold feet can show up in many different ways, from focusing on all your partner’s annoyances to a panicky feeling about the 200 guests that are flying in for your big day. While having cold feet and feeling anxious about your wedding day isn’t always healthy, it is completely normal. You are about to make a huge commitment that will impact the rest of your life – so it is no wonder you are feeling a little out of sorts! That being said, there are certain ways to deal with these jitters that are healthier than others. We often recommend couples come into…

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Is Couples Therapy the Answer?

Couples therapy is a touchy subject for many, and it also holds some negative connotations. Lifeworks, located in Dallas and Carrolton, Texas, offers excellent couples therapy for those who feel it is the right step for them. But, how do you know if couples therapy is right for you? At Lifeworks, we understand that breaking up is hard and that staying together is a challenge. Constant fighting often signals that it’s time to get help, a notable lack of confrontation can also be a cause for concern. Just a few reasons to consider couple’s therapy: Repeated fights can corrode trust and a couple’s connection. Do you feel you are slowly drifting away from your partner? Do you find yourself slowly growing apart from your partner because of unresolved conflicts? Are you beginning to entertain the idea of pursuing other sexual relationships? At Lifeworks, we understand that the idea of bringing a third party into your intimate relationship is scary. However, we believe that it is a healthy option for many couples, regardless of the state of their marriage. Couples therapy can help make relationships stronger by giving partners a platform to speak their thoughts openly. The reasons why couples seek couple’s…

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The Signs That You Should Seek Counseling

Lifeworks in Dallas and Carrolton, Texas is dedicated to your counseling needs. Our psychologists are board-certified and at your service for whatever you may need. We understand that there are many reasons married couples decide to seek counseling. Our counseling service provides a supportive environment that allows couples to overcome barriers interfering with their relationship potential. Our therapists individually study and learn each couple to help them find the resolution they are seeking. In the United States, divorce rates vary with the partners’ level of education, religious beliefs, and even financial status’. For adults, divorce can be one of life’s most stressful life events. The decision to divorce often is met with unsureness and hesitation about the future. While divorce may be necessary and the healthiest choice for some, others may wish to try to rescue whatever is left of the union. When couples encounter problems or issues, they may wonder when it is suitable to seek marriage counseling. As time goes by, what are some of the signs you should be aware of that you may need counseling? Here are some good reasons to seek marriage counseling:  First, and foremost, what is communication like? Has it become negative? Once communication…

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5 Keys to a Successful Relationship

Going to couple’s therapy can be a stressful decision. But, our therapy centers in Dallas and Carrolton, Texas, are specialized to your couple needs. Today we want to discuss with you some key ideas on how to maintain a successful relationship. To help better understand, we have condensed the keys into five main topics – positivity, empathy, commitment, acceptance, and mutual love and respect. These five topics are further emphasized by proper and continuous communication. Many couples feel that they are alone when they start questioning their relationship, but they are not alone. Approximately fifty percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, defying the phrase, “happily ever after.” Yet, marriage continues to be an important goal for most people, with an overwhelming ninety percent of adults getting married at least once in their life. Initially, all couples aspire to creating an excellent married life, and then things may change and life happens. All relationships change over time. To begin the conversation about a successful relationship, we start with positivity. Experts have found the main difference between stable and unstable relationships is the amount of positive thoughts and actions people have towards each other. If there is too…

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