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Happily Ever After Is Just The Beginning! - Lesli Doares, LMFT

Happily Ever After is not just a mythical place somewhere over the rainbow. With attention and love you can bring that feeling to your relationship. Learning to communicate your real needs and desires as well as understanding your partners’ will help you foster the feeling of acceptance and contentment you’ve always dreamed of. It’s not just magic and chemistry but a way of thinking and behaving that lets you develop as equal partners. Join us on Happily Ever After for practical tips you can use right now in your daily communications, thought processes and decisions.

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The Mindset You Must Change If You Want a Great Marriage

One of the biggest challenges to a marriage is “right” fighting. If one of you is “right”, by definition the other must be wrong. Taken to its natural conclusion, this becomes a belief in your infallibility and sets in motion the demise of your relationship. You may think that your way of cutting up onions or doing the laundry is the only “right” way to do it. But the more you insist on being in a position of all-knowing judgment, the more you are damaging your relationship. My colleague and blogger Matthew Frey goes deeper on what the need to be “right” is all about and how you can stop doing it so you can have the loving relationship you desire and deserve. If you want help dropping your end of the rope and building a happier, more successful marriage, contact Lesli today. As always, if you found the show informative, please share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The post The Mindset You Must Change If You Want a Great Marriage appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

36mins

20 May 2019

Rank #1

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Avoiding Conflict is Worse Than Facing It

I’ve long held the position that you can’t really avoid conflict. At best you can postpone it and the longer you put off dealing with it, the worse it will be. Part of the challenge is getting past the idea that conflict is inherently bad. In truth, it is a part of daily life. A better option may be to reframe it into something more positive, say differences. And the best way of managing it is to bring it out into the open. Dr. Marisa Franco, psychologist, friendship expert and a policy fellow at Millenium Challenge Corporation explains how you can handle inevitable conflict in a positive and productive way. Please send your comments and suggestions to Lesli and share the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram The post Avoiding Conflict is Worse Than Facing It appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

31mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Everybody Hurts

Relationships, even good ones, involve dealing with disagreements and disappointments. Unfortunately, the hurt that results can bubble over into destructive resentment. What you want is to be understood but, getting your partner to that place is often extremely difficult and ultimately frustrating. Psychotherapist, interfaith minister, and the author of the book . The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World, Nancy Colier explains how this happens and what you can do to make it better. If you struggle with this, Lesli can help. Share the show with those you care about on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Everybody Hurts appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

36mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Ending The Same Fight Once and For All

Most couples have one—the fight you seem to have over and over again. You each can probably repeat the entire thing all by yourself. Maybe you have it once a month. Maybe once a week. But it is exhausting, not to mention hurtful. Relationship coach and blogger, Matt Fray, explains how his STFU Method can change everything and get your marriage back on track. Send your comments and suggestions to Lesli, and be sure to share the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Ending The Same Fight Once and For All appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

37mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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What You Don’t Know About Divorce CAN Hurt You

It’s January. You’ve made it through the holidays– determined to make them great for your kids. Now you’ve entered what’s unofficially known as Divorce Month. The time of year when hands unclench, and fingers reach for the phone to dial a family law attorney. I get it. I don’t believe miserable and marriage should ever be used in the same sentence. But divorce may not be the cure-all for what ails you. Like with marriage, most people don’t know what they are headed for when they jump on the divorce super highway. Divorce Attorney Lisa Angel reveals just what this journey looks like for you and your family. If you aren’t willing to settle for a less-than marriage but don’t want a divorce either, there is another way. Contact Lesli to find out how to make your current relationship great. The post What You Don’t Know About Divorce CAN Hurt You appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Can You Handle the Truth?

Okay, paraphrasing a movie quote may be a bit cheesy but evidence shows most of us lie in some way shape or form to our partners, and they lie to us, this is an appropriate question. Now your first response may be, “I don’t lie.” And you may not look your partner in the eye and flat out lie. But what about not sharing the entire truth? Or even little white lies meant to spare their feelings? Even those types of lies erode the foundation of trust your relationship is built on. Dr. Marisa Cohen, Associate Professor of Psychology, relationship researcher and the author of From First Kiss to Forever, tackles this common but harmful behavior and offers an alternative. Let Lesli know your thoughts and suggestions for future shows. Please share the show with your friends and loved ones on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Can You Handle the Truth? appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Modern Man Defined

To borrow from Archie Bunker, those were the days when girls were girls and men were men. In many ways, it’s good those days are gone. Men and women are moving past the traditional roles that stifled both genders. This has not been without consequence because some of that tradition is grounded in biology. This overlooked factor can come as a surprise in a romantic relationship. Men are often confused about what their role is today. Evolutionary biologist and author of the upcoming book Instinctive Cognition, Dr. Rebecca Heiss explains how men can navigate this new world and claim their authentic, modern selves. If you’re interested in learning how to become a hero husband, get in touch with Lesli. Also, you can share the show with others on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Modern Man Defined appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

33mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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7 Critical Strategies to Improve Your Marriage

Far too many people believe that relationships are natural. You meet someone, fall in love, plan a life together and go on autopilot. This is not a prescription for success. It’s a prescription for flying into the side of a mountain. That’s where many people find themselves at the beginning of every year. Wondering why their marriages are struggling and what, if anything, can be done to make them better. The simple answer is YES! Dr. Ronald Riggio, author and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, is here to let you in on how you can do just that. If you are interested in getting some guidance on implementing these strategies, let Lesli know. Also, please share this show with those you know who want a better marriage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post 7 Critical Strategies to Improve Your Marriage appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

37mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Want to Know the Secret to Making Your Relationship Great?

Do you struggle to ask for (or receive) help? If you’re like many people, the answer is yes. We’ve been taught that independence and self-reliance are the ultimate goals. Asking for, in fact even needing, help is a form of weakness. But we all need help. True self-reliance is a myth. It also may be destroying your relationship. Relationship educator and co-founder of the Healthy Humans Project Rian Gordon reveals the power of asking for help on your marriage. Send your comments and questions to Lesli and share the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’d like personal help for your marriage let me know. The post Want to Know the Secret to Making Your Relationship Great? appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

33mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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The Super Powers You Have The Can Change Your Marriage

Marriage seems really scary to a lot of people. Maybe even you. Imagine if you knew that you had the power to make your marriage be however you want it to be. Well, you do! You come equipped with everything you need to live a happy, loving life, including having a great marriage. Rachel Henke, The Fearless Transformation Coach and bestselling author, is here to talk to you about the Superpowers we all have and how you can access them to let go of the fear and take charge of your relationships. If you want to awaken the hero inside you, contact Lesli to learn more about The Hero Husband Project. Share the show with those you care about on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The post The Super Powers You Have The Can Change Your Marriage appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

34mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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What It Takes to Make Love Last

Are you in love with being in love or are you wanting to make love last for the long haul? Those are only different questions to a degree. It isn’t necessary to “fall” out of love as much as it is to step through it. That’s because being “in love” is just the first part of the romantic journey. Staying on the path to lasting romantic love is possible. Dr. Aaron Ben Ze’ev, professor of Philosophy and former President of the University of Haifa and author of the new book The Arc of Love: How Our Romantic Lives Change Over Time lets you in on how you can make that happen. If you’re looking for some help with this goal, Lesli can help. if you would like to know how to have tough conversations without ending up in a fight, grab your copy of How to Stop Fighting Now (Yes, Really). If you find this show helpful, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post What It Takes to Make Love Last appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Sex, Intimacy and Other Hazards of Marriage

Regular sex and deeper intimacy are two of the benefits of a good marriage. There are lots of jokes about marriage being a place where sex goes to die, but, if you are in a sexless marriage, it’s not at all funny. There are lots of reasons why this might be happening and it’s important to understand them so your marriage can be all you want it to be. Relationship Coach Lisa Merlo-Booth identifies some of the most challenging aspects to intimacy and, more importantly, provides solutions. Send your comments and suggestions to Lesli and share the show on Facebook and Twitter. The post Sex, Intimacy and Other Hazards of Marriage appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

31mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Real Men Do Intimacy (Not Just Sex)

Women want men to be open and intimate. To share their thoughts and feelings. To really connect. Unfortunately, the capacity for intimacy that men are born with has been socialized out of them. The good news? It can be relearned. Randell Turner, Child and Family Therapist and founder of Unbreakable Bond, explains why this is important and how to do it. Share the show with the men in your life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you want to learn how to be more connected in your marriage, contact Lesli to find out how. The post Real Men Do Intimacy (Not Just Sex) appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

39mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Your Marriage Can’t Live on Hope Alone

There’s a lot to take to heart in the “attitude of gratitude” movement. Focusing on what is going right is a big factor in your level of happiness. But simply focusing on the positive in your marriage may keep you from addressing things that need to be addressed for your marriage to thrive. This means learning how to embrace disagreements and challenges in order to grow as a couple. Psychotherapist and author of Women with Controlling Partners: Taking Back Your Life from a Manipulative or Abusive Partner Carol Lambert explains how you can do this so your marriage can be all it can be. If you struggle with this, there is help. Get in touch with Lesli to find out how. As always, please share the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Your Marriage Can’t Live on Hope Alone appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

34mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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How to Avoid Your Parents’ Marriage Mistakes

The first marriage you experienced was your parents’. For many, that wasn’t a good thing. If you are a child of divorce, statistically you have a greater chance of getting divorced yourself. But you don’t have to be a statistic. Journalist Alexandra Frost explains how she has been able to break the divorce cycle in her family and how you can too. If you want help implementing her suggestions, contact Lesli. Please share the show with those you think would benefit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post How to Avoid Your Parents’ Marriage Mistakes appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Is Marriage Just A Cosmic Joke?

Okay, maybe that’s just my take on the idea that a man and woman are supposed to live in harmony for many years. Not that I don’t think it’s possible. But there are some basics that need to be accepted by both people if it’s going to work. Being the mother of a son and a daughter, I can tell you that there are some inherent differences at play. Author and relationship and sex expert Wendy Newman helps me explore what impact those differences have and how to navigate them successfully so you can have a healthy and happy marriage. If you struggle with this in your marriage, contact Lesli to learn how to turn it around. Share the show with your friends and loved ones on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Is Marriage Just A Cosmic Joke? appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

36mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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The Only Standard Your Marriage Needs

If you google relationship challenges, what pops up might lead you to wonder if your relationship is abusive. Or maybe convince you that you’re married to a narcissist. While these terms seem to be all the rage these days, they are incredibly misleading. Luckily, they are also rare, but you won’t get that from your internet search. Dr. Steven Stosny, a fellow relationship therapist and author of Empowered Love: Use Your Brain to Be Your Best Self and Create Your Ideal Relationship, is here to talk about the true standard you should be using for your relationship and why other labels are so harmful. If you are questioning your relationship, contact Lesli today. If you know anyone who labels their relationship, please share the show with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post The Only Standard Your Marriage Needs appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Can a Happily Ever After Marriage Really Exist?

Divorce is on the decline—YAY!! Like most things, it’s more complicated than that. Yes, the rate of divorce is down but so is the rate of marriage. More than ever, marriage is a choice and many young people are not making this one. Living together and having a family without a formal commitment is an acceptable path for many. However, there are some still some advantages to marriage. Journalist and author of Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together Belinda Luscombe reveals what she has learned about marriage through her years of reporting on relationships. If you want to know how to do marriage right, Lesli can help. Please share the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post Can a Happily Ever After Marriage Really Exist? appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

36mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Is Our Sex Life Normal

We’re a nation of comparers. Do our job, house, kids, marriage stack up against our friends’, family’s, co-workers’? Unfortunately, most of us are comparing our reality to other people’s highlight reels. The question isn’t how we fare against others, but how content am I with my life? People get married for all kinds of reasons but mostly because they have found someone they want to build a life with. It is also understood that being physically intimate is part of that life. But for many couples, maybe you, that isn’t happening or, at least, not in the way you want. To talk about why that is and what you can do about it, I’ve invited clinical psychologist and author Dr. Brandy Engler to share her perspective. Send your comments and suggestions to Lesli. If you find the show helpful, send it to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. The post Is Our Sex Life Normal appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

32mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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How Bad Things In Your Past Affect Your Marriage

In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Unfortunately, many of us had some dysfunction in the homes where we grew up. Most of us accept it as “just the way it was” but that underestimates its impact on our current relationships. Who you become romantically involved with and how that relationship plays out are influenced both by past experience and the ways you adapted to it. Clinical psychologist, life coach, and author of The Stress Proof Brain Dr. Melanie Greenberg explains the ways your past shows up in the present and how you can minimize the negative impact so you can have healthier, happier relationships. If your past is getting in the way of a good marriage, Lesli can help. Also, share the show with those you care about on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The post How Bad Things In Your Past Affect Your Marriage appeared first on WebTalkRadio.net.

34mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #20