First Comes Love: Relationship Solutions for Parents is a blog that provides practical solutions to the common relationship challenges that occur in romantic partnerships when baby makes 3.
Joyce Marter is a licensed psychotherapist and CEO of Urban Balance, a counseling private practice with over 60 therapists working from six locations in Chicagoland. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post, Co-Owner of Advanced Clinical Trainers and currently serves at the President of the Board of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association.
Marter was honored to be named Distinguished Alumni of the Year by The Family Institute at Northwestern University in 2008. She was also selected by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2010 for “Top 40 Under 40: Making a Difference in Chicago”.
Since 2004, she has been providing a Pre- & Post-Baby Counseling Program at her practice. She has been quoted as an expert on how the transition to family affects a relationship in cover stories in The Wallstreet Journal and New Zealand’s Sunday Magazine, and in American Baby Magazine, Parents.com, and a nationally syndicated news segment. She currently has a book in development on the topic and is represented by Joy Tutela of The David Black Agency.
“I provide solutions to the common challenges around sex, sleep deprivation, division of labor, etc.,” says Marter. “My belief is that our culture has shifted where 80% on mothers work but 80% of the housework and childcare is still being done by women. Our culture hasn’t shifted from a more traditional division of labor at home. Women are becoming exhausted and depleted and men are wondering why their partners have become miserable and critical! Times are changing. I provide easy suggestions to make the transition to family joyful for all.”
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