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Dating & Relationships
with Juan Santos, M.S., CRC, LPC

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Marriage Course For Hurting Couples

Learn How To Improve Communication and Connection In Your Marriage

One of the most common concerns that lead people to seek marriage counseling or relationship counseling is: Needing help with communication. Take a look at your relationship. Explore the following: How vulnerable are you with your partner? How willing are you to say how you feel or to express a concern without feeling that it would be taken the wrong way? Do you trust that your partner is completely open with you? Do you feel like you are walking on eggs shells and struggling to speak your mind? At times you find yourself in a relationship that just about everything is going well. Yet, when you dig just a little bit deeper you start to notice that there are a few things you are not sharing. Maybe you are not sharing that you need more help with the kids at home. Or, that you feel underappreciated.


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Save My Marriage

How do you truly work on a relationship?

  I think this question is often one that is answered to fast. I know that years ago as a novice relationship counselor, I would have blurted out something that I read from a textbook or a noteworthy article. Something like, “utilize the five love languages to build a solid connection.”   The answer is not wrong. In fact, it's right because it can work. It’s just that the question requires so much more...


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How To Date and Support Your Partner With Anxiety

How do you support your partner with anxiety?

If you take a moment to look around, you’ll notice that more often than not people experience stress and worry. Some people experience a higher level of stress and worry that is connected to anxiety. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the guide for health care professionals to diagnose mental disorders. In the manual is a disorder called, Generalized Anxiety.


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Relationship Health Quiz

What is your relationship health?

  That’s kind of an odd question, right…   As a relationship counselor, I spend time working with couples to understand a very basic question. The health of their relationship. Couples that seek relationship counseling often do it for one of two reasons.


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What Are The 5 Love Languages For Couples

Learn How To Apply The Five Love Languages:

I’m sure that you have heard of the five love languages. If not, I want to share a spark note quality reminder. As you read over the five love languages take time to evaluate your relationship with the following questions: Are you directly utilizing each of the five love languages? Are you aware of your love language? Are you aware of what your partner needs to do, in “detail”, to spear your love language? Are you aware of your partner's love language? Are you aware of what you need to do me speak your partner’s love language in “detail”?


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37 Questions For Serious Couples

Thought-provoking questions to build your relationship

Learn what questions you should be asking your partner to ensure that you are working to build a healthy relationship. Relationship Counselor, Juan Santos, provides 37 questions that you can practice at home to nourish your relationship. I wish that in life someone would have had a conversation with me about relationships. The pillars of creating and sustaining a healthy relationship. Like most, I had examples around me. My parents, the media, books, and role models in the community. I think a conversation would have really gone a long way. As a professional counselor that specializes in helping couples to improve the success of the relationship while evaluating common topics that if not addressed create tension and disconnect. I have found that couples who invest in their relationship tend to reap the benefits.


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Conversation Topics To Strengthen Your Relationship

Topics to talk about that will make your relationship stronger

As a relationship counselor, I have found that conversation is key to establishing a healthy relationship. Consider that best part of your relationship. More than likely, the memory you are holding is one that highlights communication. In my counseling practice, I utilize time with couples to understand ways to improve connection and address issues through communication.


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Meaningful Ways To Prioritize Your Relationship

Ways To Prioritize Your Relationship

I once worked with a couple that struggled with change. One of the partners really had a hard time sticking to changing their behavior and communication style. They would for a short period of time make positive progress and then relapse. The other partner struggled with trust due to struggle with commitment to change.


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Ways To Express Love and Appreciation In Marriage

How do you show your partner love?

  One of my favorite books to use when helping couples overcome relationship challenges is the five love languages. In the book, you will discover how to express love to your partner in a manner that speaks to them. By searching on Google, you and your partner can take the five love languages quiz online. The quiz can be taken together or individually. The goal is to use the results to improve the relationship.


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