marriage

20 movies that'll strengthen your marriage

20 Movies That’ll Strengthen Your Marriage

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Hollywood favors “falling in love” stories rather than “staying in love” stories. Healthy, long-lasting marriages are far too often viewed by Tinseltown as dramatically stale, but there are exceptions to this rule. Below are 20 of my favorite  cinematic depictions of what it takes to make love last. Click on the tit ...[Read More]

partner's growth

Are You Keeping Your Spouse from Changing?

Want your partner to change? You might accidentally be hurting your cause. Here's what to do differently.

7 things amazing dads do

7 Things Amazing Dads Do

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist While some dads are deadbeats and some mothers truly do an amazing job raising kids on their own, the lasting effects of a great father cannot be underestimated. I should know, because my dad is amazing. I say this neither to boast nor to gush, but rather because, in both my personal and professional opinion, he’s got this dad thing ...[Read More]

successful stepfamilies

How to Have a Successful Stepfamily

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Although increasingly common, stepfamilies (or “blended” families) are often misunderstood. Old-fashioned types may see them as abnormal. Well-meaning “progressives” erroneously assume that blended families are the same as first-marriage families “once the dust settles.” Research and experience demonstrate, however, that “the i ...[Read More]

Why the “Bored Couple at the Restaurant” May be the Happiest Couple

Why the “Bored Couple at the Restaurant” May be the Happiest Couple

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist There may be no greater argument against lifelong monogamy than the bored couple in the restaurant. “Oh heaven, please don’t let us end up like them,” you may have thought as you observe them silently picking at their food, looking at their phones, or vacantly scanning the restaurant for something presumably more interest ...[Read More]

How to Help Men and Boys Be Honest, Accountable

How to Help Men and Boys Be Honest, Accountable

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Note: this article represents a combination of the author’s insights and information from the book How to Improve You Marriage Without Talking About It, by Steven Stosny Ph.d and Patricia Love.  For the record, dishonesty, manipulation, and blame-shifting aren’t exclusively male problems. We all know women and girls who do the same. Also, ...[Read More]

key to sexual fulfillment

The Key to Sexual Fulfillment? It’s Not What Many People Think

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist This article contains a frank, but not crass, discussion of sex and is intended for mature readers.  CHASING AFTER MIRAGES You see the headlines screaming at you from the magazine rack at the grocery store. They say things like “Rock His World Tonight,” and “101 Forbidden Positions to Spice Things Up!” If you check ...[Read More]

not about the nail

You Just Want to Be Heard, He Wants to “Fix It.” Why Not Both?

By Jonathan Decker, (Clinical Director, LMFT) You’ve likely seen the hilarious YouTube video “It’s Not About the Nail,” about the wife with a nail in her forehead, telling her husband about the pressure and pain she constantly feels. He suggests that she get the nail removed and grows frustrated when she insists that “it’s not about the nail,” wanting him ...[Read More]