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Always Have a Dream on the Horizon (and other ways to keep your relationship vibrant)

January 6, 2022

For more than three decades, my life partner Howard and I have started the new year by celebrating our January 2nd wedding anniversary. Is there a secret to a long, happy relationship? There’s no magic formula for everyone, but here are a few thoughts about what’s kept our relationship vibrant. We always have a dream…

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When’s a Good Time for a Couple to Seek Professional Help?

December 1, 2021

People ask me if there’s a right time for a couple to seek professional help. I believe all couples can benefit from support, especially during these three stages of a relationship: Early Phase  By seeking professional guidance early on, you’ll build a solid foundation of healthy communication and connection. You’ll learn tools for repairing conflict…

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Do You Want to Be Right Or Do You Want to Feel More Connected to Your Partner?

November 1, 2021

Dani: You spend more time with your work friends than you do with me. Tal: That’s not true! I haven’t gone out with them in at least two weeks. What’s happening in this conversation?  Dani raises a sensitive topic that includes criticism, and Tal responds by disagreeing and using data to strengthen her point.  When…

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5 questions (and answers) about relationship coaching

October 5, 2021

Are you curious about Relationship Coaching?  Here are some common questions (and answers) about coaching for couples: How will Relationship Coaching help me and my partner? 🔹 Coaching helps revive intimacy, security, openness, and warmth.  🔹 Coaching empowers you to articulate your individual dreams and create a new, shared vision for your relationship in the…

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All couples argue. Successful couples repair.

August 26, 2021

This past year has tested you and your partner in so many ways. You’ve both been juggling your work and family responsibilities amid the ongoing stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. If you’ve drifted apart, or you’re often arguing or hurting each other, how can you repair your relationship?   Relationship expert, John Gottman, says: “All…

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Tu B’Av Conversation Starters: 10 Questions to Spark Connection and Conversation

July 22, 2021

This weekend we celebrate Tu B’Av – our Jewish Valentine’s Day.  It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a ‘summer date’ with your partner. For the occasion, I’ve put together some Tu B’Av Conversation Starters: 10 fun and intimate questions to help spark conversation and connection.  You don’t need to go anywhere for this date. Just…

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Summer Date Conversation Starter: Do You Have a Relationship Role Model?

July 15, 2021

This summer, make time each week for a ‘summer date’  –  like a walk along the beach, a picnic, or dinner out. It could be fun to give each date a theme that will stimulate interesting conversation. Be curious about your partner.  Be open to new discoveries as a couple. Here’s our first ’conversation starter’:…

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Cherish Your Love Story (and other advice for newlyweds)

June 1, 2021

This week, my sweet, light-filled son and his warmhearted and beautiful fiancée are getting married! I’m feeling so inspired and energized by the celebration of their love and their big step on the journey of their life together as a couple. As a mom, married for several decades, and as a relationship coach, I’m tempted…

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Real Questions from Real People

May 10, 2021

 I received this question from someone who is feeling overwhelmed by how busy she is ever since all the restrictions eased. If you’re also feeling overwhelmed these days, I hope you’ll find my response helpful.  Question: Ever since everything started opening up again, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. There are so many things I need to…

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Conflict is an Opportunity for Growth in a Relationship

April 12, 2021

Why is conflict an opportunity for growth in a relationship? It’s an opportunity to share different sides of yourself with your partner. It’s an opportunity to get to know and appreciate your partner’s perspective and priorities. It’s not always pleasant in the moment, but it’s real. Constructive conflict can be empowering and authentic, and can…

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