I know what it's like to struggle in relationships.  You want to be close to your loved one.  You want to communicate and work through your problems.  You want to be passionate like you once were, and you want to be happy together.  You know it's possible because you used to be that way, but those feelings of joy and perseverance get weighted down by the hopelessness you experience more often than feeling positive emotions toward your partner.

God designed us to be in relationships with each other.  Our loved ones see us at our best, and unfortunately, they also see us at our worst.  We were created to know others and to be known, to be seen as we really are and accepted with all of our flaws while having the safety of a committed relationship to work through our shortcomings.  It's the sense of attachment we feel to our loved one that sometimes makes us feel or act crazy when we feel the stability of the relationship is being threatened. 

Realizing how important relationships are for our need to be connected with others and our sense of well being, I've been on a quest to discover what makes relationships work and what makes them healthy.  There is nothing that brings me greater joy than helping others grow in love for each other, deepening connections and commitment to each other.   

P.S.  For those of you especially interested in credentials, I am licensed in: Missouri LMFT #2009037392; Kansas LCMFT #2804; California LMFT #40838.