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Advice From a Marriage Counselor: Signs Your Relationship is Failing

Advice From a Marriage Counselor: Signs Your Relationship is Failing

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self Counseling and Coaching. She’s the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love,” and the host of The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast.

Is Your Marriage On The Rocks?

“Is this just a fight? Or are we really in trouble?” Those are questions that we’ve all wondered after a yucky feeling argument with our partners. The truth is that all relationships have conflict, and “rough patches.” Relationships grow and evolve, and when couples work through their differences constructively it brings them closer together. That’s our marriage counseling philosophy, here at Growing Self. I genuinely believe that weathering tough times IS the path of greater intimacy and emotional depth in a relationship, and every conflict is an opportunity for connection. Really. (I’m saying that as both a marriage counselor and as a person who’s been married for practically 20 years).


There are some kinds of interactions and patterns that, when present in a marriage, must absolutely be snuffed out… and fast. If you don’t attend to negative relationship patterns early on, they can take over a relationship and turn it into a seething toxic nest of anxiety, resentment, hurt feelings, anger and disconnection. If not remedied, the last stop on this sad train is divorce (or bitter, lonely cohabitation).

You don’t want that. On this episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast I’m talking about telltale signs that your marriage is getting into trouble and things that you can do to pull it back from the brink.

I sincerely hope that this advice helps you.

All the best,
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby

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Toxic Relationship Patterns (And How To Overcome Them)

Toxic Relationship Patterns (And How To Overcome Them)

Have you ever noticed that you and your love seem to have the same fight over and over again? Ever wonder why? The truth is that there are very clear patterns that tend to take over relationships. Some will pull you closer together. But if a toxic pattern takes hold — look out!

I had a delightful time this week speaking with expert matchmaker and dating coach Jasbina Ahluwalia, founder of Intersections Match on her podcast, Intersections Match Radio. We talked all about relationship patterns, and how to overcome them.

We talked about which relationship patterns are the most destructive so that you can identify them quickly if they start to pop up. We also talked about specific skills and strategies you can start using today if you see them happening, so that you can stop the madness and repair your relationship.

We also talked about the difference between couples who invest in premarital counseling versus those who don’t, and the impact that this can have on relationships down the road.

Because Jasbina is all about finding love (she is one of the country’s top matchmakers and dating coaches, after all) we also talked about dating: I shared my top tips for what to look for if you want to create a love that lasts.

Toxic Relationship Patterns: Click Here to Listen Now!

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