Couples Therapy

Study finds unexpected benefits to long-distance relationships

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Contrary to the colloquial belief that long distance marriages are difficult to work out, a study conducted by The Family Institute of Northwestern University revealed that married couples who live miles apart can be as satisfied with their relationships as those who are living together, Today Health reported on May 2. The study, which surveyed 296 married couples, found that those in long distance relationships were as happy as those in proximal marriages, although the benefits of both varied. Couples in long distance marriages scored better on measures of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. They also reported more frequent exercise and better diets. Researchers believe spouses living apart scored better on measures of overall health because they are able to enjoy their independence while reaping the supportive benefits of a relationship at the same time. Distance should never be the reason not to enjoy your marriage. Kathleen Snyder is willing to help Austin couples nurture a relationship that knows no boundaries. Call her at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment...

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Study finds Twitter may have damaging effects on relationships

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Although many love affairs now begin on social networking sites, a recent study found that people who use Twitter are at an increased risk of experiencing unfortunate relationship outcomes such as unfaithfulness, separation, and divorce. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, surveyed close to 600 Twitter users and found that those who frequently reply to tweets, message other Twitter users, or simply scour through the Twitter newsfeed are more likely to be involved in marital confrontations. Clayton asserted that these conflicts can have damaging effects on relationships, and can even lead to divorce. The research was promoted through Clayton’s and the Huffington Post’s Twitter accounts. In a world where social media closely interlocks with personal relationships, marital issues and conflicts can affect any couple. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder is willing to work with Austin couples who want to overcome such issues and return to a happy, healthy relationship. Call us at (512) 659-8600 to schedule an appointment...

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How social media addiction may affect a relationship

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Couples who engage in social media platforms for a large portion of time could unknowingly be harming their relationship. A published study observed that couples who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to fight more than couples who don’t use Facebook very often. Choosing to be on the computer over spending time with your partner could make your partner feel like less of a priority. Relationships are profoundly affected by the quality of communication. It is important for partners to spend more time offline in order to strengthen their relationship. The rise in social media popularity has caused many relationship to suffer. If you and your partner need counseling in order to start communicating more effectively a relationship counselor can offer the necessary resources. Kathleen Snyder MFT helps couples in Austin address and solve their relationship problems. Reach her office...

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Reality TV Distorts Couples Therapy

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VH1’s newest hit television show, “Couples Therapy,” is shining a light on the practice of couples therapy. Along with new shows such as “Felt,” which uses puppets as stand-ins for real-life couples in therapy, it seems that reality television has chosen couples therapy as its latest source of inspiration. Unfortunately, like much of reality television, these shows do more to confuse than illuminate the reality of couples’ therapy. Couples therapy and marriage counseling are, to begin with, not simply things which can be managed to fit into short time-blocks for TV programming; they are an ongoing process that includes not only the time spent working with a therapist, but also the time that a couple takes to put the principles that they learn about to use. Additionally, real couples therapy doesn’t have the convenience of editing to resolve issues. Instead, it requires the honest, open efforts of both spouses to find a common ground that will allow their relationship to flourish. It may be entertaining to watch couples therapy on television, but it’s important to remember that that is all that these shows are:...

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