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Marriage Therapy Radio

Look... every couple struggles. You fight too much; you're bored; sex is either okay (or rare); maybe you're even considering divorce. OR... maybe your marriage is actually pretty good, but you want to go deeper. In this podcast, straight-talking marriage therapists Zach Brittle and Laura Heck tackle the most common complaints virtually every marriage experience. Along the way, they reveal the science behind strong relationships and talk about what's really going on for couples. Topics include conflict, communication, compatibility, money, sex, in-laws, infidelity, time-management, future dreams, and more. If you want relief? A deeper connection? A new way forward...? Then you've got to find out what's REALLY going on in your marriage. That's what this podcast is about. You can learn more about Zach and Laura, and their alternatives to traditional therapy at marriagetherapyradio.com.

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Ep 78 Book Recommendations

Zach is wearing a hoodie in July. Laura is getting her investing on. They go on to share what they are currently reading and offer some book recommendations. 

26mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 92 - Man's Burden

What does "Your Face" have to do with a playful disagreement? Zach shares his strategies. He and Laura also talk about their relationships with you, the listeners. They go on to discuss the unique burdens men carry in their relationships. 

27mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 65 The 4 Habits of a Joy Filled Marriage

Zach tells us about his blanket fort he retreats to from time to time. Laura completed her first half marathon. And they welcome their first guest, Chris Coursey, to the podcast. Chris joins them to discuss his latest book, The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages. The practical steps can help every marriage.    Find out more about Chris at Thrive Today. More information about the book and related resources can be found at happyhappymarriage.org.

26mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 90 - Couples that Work Together

Zach just got out of therapy and is having all the feels. Laura's thinking about starting her own therapy as well. They discuss the complexities of having a close friendship as well as a business relationship which leads to the unique issues addressed by couples that work together. The importance of boundaries and roles is advice any couple will find helpful. 

23mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 64 Expectations of Your Partner

Laura's husband is working from home and she has found that their expectations about what daily life should look like are not totally aligned. Zach shares some stories of folks in similar situations. 

21mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 82 - We've Had This Fight Before | An interview with Dr. Claudia Grauf-Grounds

Zach interviews Dr. Claudia Grauf-Grounds, author of We've Had This Fight Before. You may recognize that book title from Zach's previous "review" of the book. He revisits this review and more in this informative episode that will be helpful for anyone who has ever had an argument with your partner. 

29mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 104 Fight, Flight, or Freeze

Zach and Laura touch base real quick on the Coronavirus. Laura has a long run she's preparing for. They announce some upcoming live virtual training for couples. A listener question regarding elevated heart rate prompts them to talk a bit more in depth about fight, flight, or freeze. 

22mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Ep 69 Interview with Sex Therapist Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD

Zach and Laura discuss what chaffed nipples, stylish hair, and sexy times have in common. They go on to have an in depth interview with sex therapist Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD. This episode is sponsored by Uberlube.

37mins

28 May 2019

Rank #8

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Ep 88 - Coupling with Purpose

Zach has limited his beverage choices. Laura is getting settled in her new town. After some interviews they reconnect and discuss the what it is to have a purpose as a couple. 

23mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 89 - Considering Relational Life Therapy

Zach and Laura discuss Halloween and the MANY parties that accompany. Zach thinks Laura would be a VSCO girl. Zach relays an eavesdropped conversation of first encounters. They move on to discuss Zach's recent therapeutic training. 

28mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 93 - Laura's Holiday Blues

Laura discloses that she has been feeling a bit down with the holidays and her current move. She and Zach discuss a bit of what might be behind that which leads them to a broader topic of figuring out ways to improve your relationship. It's a bit more organic than some episodes, but you will be left with some great insight into your life and relationships.

22mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 96 - Parenting Teen Girls

Zach's 17 and 13 year old daughters join him for this week's podcast. They discuss what it's like to be a teen today and how parents can better connect and encourage them. 

38mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Ep 98 - ADHD with Dr. Ari Tuckman

Zach is sporting a 14 year old girl's headband. Laura shares about caring for aging parents. With guest Dr.  Ari Tuckman, they go on to discuss the impacts of ADHD on your relationship

38mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Ep 74 How to Take a Break.

Zach shares a bit of his experience helping facilitate The Art and Science of Love workshop for The Gottman Institute. Laura gets Zach to commit to a future webinar. They go on to share the signs that you are flooded when in conflict and what to do about it. 

33mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 99 - Date Night with Tyler Turk

Laura kicks us off with a dad joke. She and Zach go on to discuss desire and creating desire in your partner. This leads to the importance of date nights and intentional time set aside for the two of you. They welcome Tyler Turk, CEO of Crated with Love. Tyler shares some compelling research results on the importance of date nights as well as what he has found to be the necessary ingredients of a date night that supports the goal of greater intimacy and connection.  Check out Crated with Love. 

34mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Ep 70 Be an Action Taker in Your Marriage

Zach and Laura discuss their Memorial Day Weekend getaways. Both got out into nature with their families. They look forward to their workshop in June and throwing some axes. They go on to discuss what it takes to make changes in your relationship. 

24mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 87 - Addiction Recovery with Dr. Bob Navarra

Zach & Laura sit down for a conversation with Dr. Robert Navarra. Bob is a Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer, Consultant, Speaker, and Master Addiction Counselor. His research has surfaced new ways to understand the role of relationships in the recovery process. 

43mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 66 Masturbation

Zach and Laura discuss their sleep habits. Zach is switching it up and Laura is afraid she is getting older. She shares some interesting beliefs about what getting older allows you to do. Sparked from a listener question, they go on to discuss the, often complex, role of masturbation in your relationship. 

24mins

7 May 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 80 - The 4 Horsemen with Art of Charm

Laura is away in Europe for vacation so while she is away we will be playing a couple of solo shows. This first one is a rebroadcast of The Art of Charm podcast. They interview Laura on the The Four Horsemen: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling. 

49mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #19