Don’t Let Gifts Overtake You

Don’t Let Gifts Overtake You

It’s the holiday season, and it’s tempting for all of us to focus on one thing: gifts. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a rare few of us who are focused on gifts we’re hoping to receive! No — we’re all usually dwelling on the ones we want to give. And while that can be a...
What Does It Mean To Turn Towards Your Partner?

What Does It Mean To Turn Towards Your Partner?

Here at Core Values, there’s a phrase we tend to return to: Are you turning towards your partner? What does that mean, exactly? Well, it can mean a lot of things. Turning towards your partner means going back inside after you’ve stormed out. It means, even when you...
Using Gratitude To Build Closeness

Using Gratitude To Build Closeness

Fondness and admiration are two of the most important aspects to protect your relationship — and honestly, this doesn’t just apply to romance. For any family member, friend, or even colleague, developing fondness and admiration can build all kinds of trust...
The Five Apology Languages

The Five Apology Languages

I’ve recently discovered that the author of the Five Love Languages has written a book called The Five Languages of Apology. If you’re familiar with the love languages, you know how helpful it is to understand that we all appreciate different types of...
Little White Nothings?

Little White Nothings?

It’s easy to think that those tiny white lies we tell, or even just small omissions, don’t actually hurt your relationship in the long run. Many people, in fact, ascribe to this belief. Personally? I highly disagree. (You’re shocked, I know!) Let me...
Are You A Step Dad?

Are You A Step Dad?

As Marriage & Family Therapists, we work with a lot of blended families. Often, we notice there is a lot of support out there for the moms in these situations — step moms and moms in stepfamilies. But rarely is there valuable resources to support step...
Discovering Romantic Rituals

Discovering Romantic Rituals

The power of rituals can be more powerful than you know. Think of the times you’ve been most stressed, perhaps in grief or in an overwhelming family moment. Sometimes, we freeze; we simply don’t know what to do with ourselves. We return, then, to whatever...
Change a Habit With The Seasons

Change a Habit With The Seasons

It’s that time of year again…summer has officially slipped away to leave room for golden leaves, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice everything. Autumn is upon us, and personally, I am thrilled. There’s something so magical about watching the seasons change, and...
Why Equine Therapy?

Why Equine Therapy?

One of the services we offer at Core Values Counseling is called Equine-assisted therapy. For those of you who’ve experienced it, you know the powerful impact it can have. But for those of you unfamiliar, it might seem a strange idea. Horses? In therapy? Really?...