Marriage

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How Do Boundaries Work In A Toxic Marriage?

By Julie Roche / August 4, 2021

Have you ever been told you needed better boundaries? Just what does that mean? And how do boundaries work especially in a marriage with toxic and destructive communication or behaviors? What Is A Relational Boundary? A boundary, much like a fence, separates your physical yard from your neighbors. A relational boundary differentiates one individual from…

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Active Listening is a Forgotten Communication Skill

By Dr. Donald Gilbert, MS, PhD, LMHC, BCPC / July 21, 2021

Active listening is a vital communication skill that can deepen connection and understanding in all types of relationships. However when active listening is missing, it can have big consequences. When we forget the IMPORTANCE of listening, we are consciously or unconsciously saying we value our thoughts and opinions more than the person we are talking to. Keep reading for 7 ways listening improves your relationships.

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Speak Up: Breaking Your Silence

By Dr. Donald Gilbert, MS, PhD, LMHC, BCPC / June 2, 2021

We all want to be known, heard, and understood in our relationships. But the only way to do that is by speaking up and making yourself heard. Depending on your past experiences, including how you were raised and what your relationships (romantic and otherwise) have looked like, speaking up might not come naturally.   Your…

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New Year Same Love: your relationship goals

By New Life Counseling / January 13, 2021

While you’re busy writing down your personal goals for the year, use our completely free worksheet to reflect on your relationship and set intentions for the upcoming months.

Closeness and connection don’t just happen; flourishing requires time, attention, and nourishment. Assessing your connection and commitment to grow your relationship is an important task. Taking time to talk and intentionally make a renewed commitment to each other can enhance your life together.

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Journaling

By New Life Counseling / August 26, 2020

Do you feel stuck and overwhelmed by life, anxiety, covid19, things you can’t control, relationships and more? Have you ever tried journaling? Check out these tips, 15 methods of journaling and 100
prompts. includes perspective, gratitude, intuition, 5 Why’s, visual, TLC, dream journaling and more!

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Fight Anger with Love

By New Life Counseling / July 16, 2020

“A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” Proverbs 15:1 Have you ever said something out of anger that you later regretted? Maybe you grew up in a home where angry words and loud responses were the norm. Or maybe you’ve had experiences where you felt embarrassed or hurt by someone’s…

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The language of love

By New Life Counseling / March 31, 2020

Close your eyes and think of the last time you felt deeply loved and appreciated. What did that person do to make you feel so special? Did they give you a warm hug? Bring home a personal gift after a vacation? Tell you how immensely proud they were of you? Whatever it was, they were…

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Date your spouse

By New Life Counseling / March 10, 2020

The excitement and allure of dating shouldn’t disappear once you’ve sealed the deal with marriage. Not only should the fire and passion stick around, but grow in strength and depth.  Dating your spouse is an incredibly powerful tool to keep your connection strong and encourage continuous growth. However, for some couples, especially those with kids…

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New Year, Same Love: How to Assess Your Connection in 2020

By New Life Counseling / January 7, 2020

A new year is here! Which means new goals and fresh perspectives—including your romantic relationship. Whether you’re married or dating, a refresh is probably in order. Assessing your connection and commitment to growing your relationship is often an uncomfortable but important task. Taking time to talk and intentionally make a renewed commitment to each other…

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