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for Individuals, Couples, Children, and Families
For Individuals, Couples & Families by ICS Inc.

Relationship Advice

Relationships can be tough because we bring our values, beliefs and expectations from our family of origin. Unfortunately (or fortunately) so does your partner. Compromise and communication are the keys to having a conflict free relationship. I invite your comments.

Our Five Love Languages

According to Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the Five Love Languages Series, we all speak with one of five love languages: quality time, physical touch, gift giving, acts of service, and words of affirmation.

For example, your partner may reflect his love through physical touch when you’re craving quality time. Or, you may shower your significant other with gifts while he or she is in need of words of affirmation.

In my practice, I see couples that are struggling in a variety of ways to connect and communicate. This can range from feeling disconnected, not spending enough creative… Continue reading

The Secret To A Good Relationship

Many of the people who come to my office have waited too long. The communication and conflicts have continued for many years and they are thinking of leaving their marriage.

Everyone wants the same things; unconditional love, acceptance, and respect. Many of the clients that I see are expressing these needs in dysfunctional ways to each other. When I help each to see that they want the same thing, they start to heal their relationship. The secret is learning to express and hear the other’s needs in a way that you can both understand. I have helped many people with… Continue reading

Marriage – Separate but Living Together

Living Apart but Together

Why do couples continue to live together even though they are separated or considering divorce? Some couples find that they want ‘space’ from each other and decide to live together (stay in their current home) while they start marriage counseling or wait for the divorce to go through.

This decision is based on many variables. Sometimes the couple can’t decide who should leave the home or they may want their children to remain in their current school district.

Some couples have a sizeable home with a substantial mortgage payment. They decide to share the home… Continue reading

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