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These 2 Articles Will Help Your Relationship | Tips From an Austin Marriage Counselor

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Here are 2 things you need to know about relationships this week, from the impacts of social media to the effects of certain emotions on physical health. Read on to find out more about how we, as marriage counselors, approach these topics.Heads up! Social Media use has Major Impacts on RelationshipsHere we are in the year of 2018, and social media is king. Social media provides entertainment and connection, but it can also cause problems in our relationships — from how much time you spend scrolling to what you’re posting to jealousy and snooping. This is a loaded topic.This NY Times article profiles the major impact that social media has on romantic relationships and how to keep it from ruining yours! Social media is fairly new; therefore, it’s new and uncharted territory where the rules are being defined as we go.According to PEW, a 2014 research study, “45 percent of millennial respondents said their social media accounts had had a “major impact” on their relationships.”According to…

Reason #4: One of the best things about premarital counseling is the fact that you’re each presented with the same information and you’re learning the same things. Being on the same page with expectations, communication, and managing conflict gives you a common language. Implementing new ways of interacting in your relationship is much easier if your partner is on board as well!⠀ πŸ’™⠀ Interested in doing premarital work? Our Creating Connection Couples Retreat is for you! Go to our website to learn more. (Link in profile)⠀ πŸ’™⠀ #austintx #atx #austin #austintexas #austinwedding #atxwedding #austinweddingphotos #keepaustinwed #austinbridalphotos #igaustintexas #bridals #austinevents #couplegoals #austinworkshop #austinretreat #launchwellnessmember #austinmentalhealth #relationships #daydate #getaway #pin

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Reason #3: Through guided premarital counseling exercises, you can learn about each of your similarities and differences. You’ll be able to anticipate areas where you may struggle due to these differences, as well as celebrate and appreciate differences in personality, values, or preferences. Having this understanding of one another is also an essential part of working through conflict.⠀ πŸ’™⠀ Interested in doing premarital work? Our Creating Connection Couples Retreat is for you! Go to our website to learn more. (Link in profile)⠀ πŸ’™⠀ #austintx #atx #austin #austintexas #austinwedding #atxwedding #austinweddingphotos #keepaustinwed #austinbridalphotos #igaustintexas #bridals #austinevents #couplegoals #austinworkshop #austinretreat #launchwellnessmember #austinmentalhealth #relationships #daydate #getaway #pin

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Reason #2: You may be going into your marriage believing that your partner will know exactly how to meet all of your needs, or that if you really love each other, you’ll always get along. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s a reason that one of the most common issues for couples attending marriage counseling is communication problems. Most of us don’t have great communication skills when it comes to relationships. Instead of feeling like you’re speaking two different languages, you can learn effective communication skills to help you communicate assertively about your needs, expectations, and feelings, as well as learn to truly listen to one another and compromise during conflict. Learning this early in your marriage can save you from communication struggles down the road.⠀ πŸ’™⠀ Interested in doing premarital work? Our Creating Connection Couples Retreat is for you! Go to our website to learn more. (Link in profile)⠀ πŸ’™⠀ #austintx #atx #austin #austintexas #austinwedding #atxwedding #austinweddingphotos #keepaustinwed #austinbridalphotos #igaustintexas #bridals #austinevents #couplegoals #austinworkshop #austinretreat #launchwellnessmember #austinmentalhealth #relationships #daydate #getaway

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What does the word intimacy mean to you? The most common response we hear is, “Sex!” The word may mean different things to different people, but it definitely goes beyond sex. Head to the blog to read more about three dimensions of intimacy to consider in your relationship. (Link in profile) πŸ’™⠀ #austintx #atx #austin #austintexas #austinwedding #atxwedding #keepaustinwed #igaustintexas #bridals #austinevents #couplegoals #austinworkshop #austinretreat #launchwellnessmember #austinmentalhealth #relationships #daydate #getaway #pin #couplestherapy #couplescounseling #marriagecounseling

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Not Just Sex | 3 Types of Intimacy to Consider in your Marriage

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What does the word intimacy mean to you? In the context of romantic relationships, intimacy is oftentimes associated with sex or physical closeness. In our couples therapy sessions and at our premarital couples retreats, we frequently ask couples what comes to mind when they hear the word intimacy. The most common thing we hear is, “Sex!” When pressed further, we hear things like closeness, connection, knowing one another, trust, openness, private, and sacred.
So what is this intimacy thing all about? The word may mean different things to different people, but it definitely goes beyond sex! Consider each of the following three dimensions of intimacy in relationships.

Emotional Intimacy This is the friendship part of your relationship. It’s things like how well you know your partner’s inner world, the time you spend together doing things you enjoy, or knowing each other’s dreams and fears. In Gottman Method Couples Therapy, you spend time building your love maps. The idea behind build…

Reason #1: Premarital counseling can help you get realistic about marital expectations. Most people have different ideas about what marriage, family, and life together will be like. Talking about what each of you expects out of your marriage can help you check some of those expectations that aren’t so realistic and figure out where certain expectations are mismatched.⠀ πŸ’™⠀ Interested in doing premarital work? Our Creating Connection Couples Retreat is for you! Go to our website to learn more. (Link in profile)⠀ πŸ’™⠀ #austintx #atx #austin #austintexas #austinwedding #atxwedding #austinweddingphotos #keepaustinwed #austinbridalphotos #igaustintexas #bridals #austinevents #couplegoals #austinworkshop #austinretreat #launchwellnessmember #austinmentalhealth #relationships #daydate #getaway #pin

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