Announcing Marriage Therapy Radio!

Big news here!  

We started a Podcast.  Laura and I love to riff on what’s happening in our offices, the couples we are seeing, the struggles they encounter and the solutions that make the biggest impact.  So we created Marriage Therapy Radio.

As our trusted friends, you are getting the first sneak peek at Marriage Therapy Radio’s first episode, we’re calling it Episode Zero.  It’s a getting to know you of sorts where we share bits about our personal and professional lives, but mostly want to give you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall as we talk about what makes marriages work.  

Will you listen? Will you subscribe? Will you apply these insights to your life. We sure hope so…

P.S. Laura here…we’d love to hear from you about what you want us to talk about. For now, we have a few series outlined with each episode tackling a common relationship complaint. Let us know what questions, concerns, pains, complaints you have in your relationship and we will find a solution.  Also, we’re aiming to keep each episode short – shorter than a sit-com – so that you can enjoy them without having to dedicate your entire evening. Let us know what you want to hear about by emailing info@forbetter.us.

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Episode: 00  “Introducing Marriage Therapy Radio”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:57 – Zach Brittle Intro: Marriage & Family Therapist; Gottman Certified Therapist; private practice in Seattle, WA; married to Rebecca for 20 years; daughters 14 & 10 years old
  • 03:02 – Laura Heck Intro: Marriage & Family Therapist; Gottman Certified Therapist; private practice in Salt Lake City, UT; married to Ryan for 10 years; son 2 1/2 years old
  • 06:22 – There is a pretty narrow set of master complaints that come into the therapy office.
  • 07:25 – Zach and Laura met at a professional conference in 2012 and began exploring ways to collaborate
  • 10:22 – This podcast is for couples and therapists alike
  • 12:20 – The reason for this podcast – every couple could use help sorting through their challenges – but very few will ever seek therapy. So we’ve decided to make house calls using this podcast. To serve couples right now, right where they’re at.
  • 13:00 – Couples wait, on average, seven years from when they first experience some sort of issue in their relationship to when they actually seek help.
  • 13:33  Does therapy work? No, therapy does not work, couples work. If they work at the things we do in therapy they get better.
  • 14:04 – Everyone has 168 hours a week. If you use some of that time to invest in your relationship you’ll realize a nice return.
  • 14:49 – Changing the patterns and behaviors in a relationship requires tools.
  • 15:28 – Before you can choose which tool to use, you need to know what you’re trying to build.
  • 16:00 – Often times couples don’t know what they’re aiming at. They just know the relationship doesn’t feel good. We help them decide what to aim at. Do they want to aim at less conflict, more intimacy, how to make an important decision, how to feel less like roommates?
  • 16:20 – When we get married we sign up for this thing called “for better” and “for worse”. Our aim with this podcast, is to get people to use a slice of their 168 hours each week, to aim at “better”.
  • 17:46 – Defining “Before and After” is an effective way to help you decide what you’re aiming at in your relationship, that you want better.
  • 19:55 – Simply listening to this podcast with help because you’re turning your attention toward your relationship.
  • 20:32 – In upcoming podcast episodes we’ll tackle a common complaint or pain-point we hear about in therapy, and share story and insights into what we’ve done to help couples “hit what they’re aiming at”
  • 21:30 – Our next episode is about, “How to avoid conflict.” (HINT: you can’t)
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