The Use of Home Work in Couples Counseling

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist The Family Institute at Northwestern University Homework for couples As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I assign homework between sessions to the couples I counsel. Homework will not solve conflict, communication or resentment issues. Those issues need to be addressed in session. Home work will, however, help and typically addresses the following: …

Finances are a frequent cause of conflict in marriages?

James E. DelGenio LCPC Arguments over finances are a common issue in many relationships. Here are some tips that will help avoid conflict over finances. Set Goals and Objectives for your finances. Share detailed financial information regularly. Make financial decisions together. Create a budget. Go over your finances together at least monthly. Who will pay the bills? What is your …

How to Improve Marital and Family Communication?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPCSenior Staff TherapistThe Family Institute at Northwestern University Improve marital and family communication. Once upon a time, families ate dinner together. There was no eating in front of the TV; no texting or answering the phone and no internet. This was a time when families discussed what was going on in the household i.e. news, …

Homework for couples

James E, DelGenio MS, LCPC Homework for couples. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I assign homework between sessions to the couples I counsel. Homework will not solve conflict, communication or resentment issues. Those issues need to be addressed in session. Home work will, however, help and typically addresses the following: Civility and Respect This one is a must. Civility and …

How to maintain your relationship?

By James E, DelGenio MS, LCPC Maintain your relationship! All couples argue. The key is to have rules for fighting so as not to create resentment over time. Resentment is very destructive to a relationship. Always be civil and respectful. There are no winners when couples lose control. The best case scenario is that you both feel understood even if …

How to nurture your relationship?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Nurture your relationship if you want to make it last. It is a hectic world we live in. Everything seems to take precedence over our relationships. Health issues, kids’ activities, work issues all take precedence. The next thing you know when you look back is that you haven’t had time for just the two of …

How to conduct family meetings to improve your relationship.

Conduct family meetings to manage child behavior too!Once upon a time, families ate dinner together. There was no eating in front of the TV; no texting or answering the phone and no internet. This was a time when families discussed what was going on in the household i.e. news, upcoming events, behavior issues and general discussions. Dinner used to be …