Relationships

media

Media, Morality, and Moderation

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Recently I was a guest on The HD Radio Show with Bryan Hyde, where we discussed the portrayal of believers in pop culture, how to use media to bond with your children and teach them values, how to find uplifting and wholesome movies, and more. Have a listen!

two to tango

Two to Tango? When it Really IS One Spouse’s Fault

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist “I’m not the problem, he is.” “It’s not my fault, it’s hers.” Many individuals feel this way in their relationships. Despite the popularity of the axiom “it takes two to tango,” many are quick to blame their partner instead of first looking at their own role in molding the situation. Th ...[Read More]

marriage foundations

Marriage Foundations: Built to Last

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I recently appeared on The HD Radio Show with Bryan Hyde to discuss the principles and practices of lasting marriages, including smart dating before marriage and healthy sexuality within that relationship. We also touched on building strong stepfamilies and followed up on Utah’s declaration of pornography as a public health crisis. W ...[Read More]

amazing moms do

7 Things Amazing Moms Do

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist See also: 7 Things Amazing Dads Do In my observation as a counselor, the person who most influences an individual’s life is generally their mother. For better or worse, many trace the foundation of their identities back to their relationship with their mom and what they learned from her. Such was definitely the case with me. My mothe ...[Read More]

pornography a public health crisis

Is Pornography a Public Health Crisis?

   By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist On March 11, 2016 I appeared in The HD Radio Show with Bryan Hyde to discuss Utah’s declaration of pornography as a public health crisis. With candor but without vulgarity we discuss the effects of pornography on individuals, couples, families, and communities, and how to make a difference. Of the three-part interview only two are ...[Read More]

gratitude

Gratitude: The Cure for Entitlement

An attitude of gratitude will dispel the damaging sense of entitlement and replace it with appreciation.

Suicide: Helping Those Left Behind

Suicide: Helping Those Left Behind

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist No one should have to suffer the pain of a loved one’s suicide alone. However, in the face of such a tragic loss friends and family may feel ill-equipped to help; after all, what good are any words or actions next to the enormity of such sorrow? Two months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar entitled “Suicide Bereavement: What ...[Read More]

Jekyll & Hyde Syndrome: When Loved Ones Go Bad

Jekyll & Hyde Syndrome: When Loved Ones Go Bad

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist We’ve all experienced it, the “Jekyll-and-Hyde Syndrome,” in which a normally decent partner, friend, or family member turns into an irrational dolt and/or grumpy monster. We feel frustrated when they won’t listen to reason, hurt when they lash out, and confused when they make choices we don’t agree with. In life and in my therapy pr ...[Read More]

more love, less conflict

Do Your Relationships Need Less Conflict… Or More Love?

Many believe that their relationships need less fighting and withdrawing, but what they really need is more affection.

marriage counseling

Marriage Counseling: Is It Ever Too Late?

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Terminal illnesses are treated most effectively when they are caught early. Patients who resist a trip to the doctor and put it off often wish that they hadn’t. Disease often does the most damage when it’s left unchecked over time. This is also true of marital problems and marriage counseling. While many things can certainly be ...[Read More]