Couples counseling can make individual counseling look like a breeze. In today’s podcast, sponsored by Audible.com, I’ll go through the four misconceptions or “hurdles” that people believe or face when they consider couples work. The benefits can be immense. You can learn how to really listen, how to change entrenched painful patterns, and how the family you grew up in, and your role within it, might be affecting how you’re acting in your current relationship. The fact that your partner is doing the work, right along with you? It can build trust and a sense of togetherness, as both take responsibility for their own part in the relationships’ success, and in it’s struggles. But you have to get past these four hurdles!

There’s an offer from me, and Audible.com, for a free month’s trial, and a free book! My proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, so it’s a win for you, and a win for St. Jude’s. Click here for the link!

The listener email today is about how to show compassion for a friend who has a family member that’s pulling away from them.

Click here for “Marriage Is Not For Chickens,” the new gift book by Dr. Margaret! It’s perfect for engagements, anniversaries, weddings, or for the person you love!

You can hear more about relationships and many other topics by listening to Dr. Margaret’s new podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to this website and receive her weekly posts as well as her podcasts, plus Dr. Margaret’s eBook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy.”

Based on a blogpost, originally published on The Gottman Blog.