Marriage Counseling 101

Love your relationship. That’s what it comes down to!

We understand though, relationships are hard. And for more reasons then we have the time to get into. Author Dave Meurer once said, “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”

A great thought, because there are always going to be differences. But it’s important to understand that the differences don’t have to be a separator. They also say that opposites attract right?

As important as that is, it is also important to know that you are not alone. Of course nobody and no relationship is perfect, but what we mean is that there are trained therapists that specialize in marriage and couples therapy. When love is built around the differences, we should turn to counselors to help us understand what that means, how to approach situations, and how to communicate.

Communication is often the key topic to explore and address. It’s extremely common for issues to fester because one or both individuals in the relationship aren’t A) letting their significant other know of their feelings, or B) are scared and hesitant to bring up situations thinking it would only make it worse.

Working with a marriage therapist like our marriage counselor Keller TX friends can open up a world of learning when it comes to problem solving, understanding and resolving conflicts, and just openly talking about how to improve even small complications. Again, if you or your spouse don’t know of what might be causing an issue, how would you ever resolve it?

According to the American Psychological Association, couples counseling using emotion-focused therapy (EFT), is about 75% effective. This approach helps couples think about their current approach to issues and conflicts, and then builds on how to strengthen or alter those methods.

Couples therapy doesn’t have to be reactive. Being open with one another with a professional counselor in the room can bring your relationship to another level. We would highly recommend you consider marriage counseling, no matter where you are in your relationship!

Common Plumbing Tools You Need

We don’t expect everyone to be a plumbing professional, but we do know that a lot of common plumbing aspects can be handled at home by the average DIYer. We wanted to provide some details around a few tools in particular that you should have on hand for simple jobs, as well as a few others that are always handy to have.

  1. Plunger: Seems like an obvious thing to have in your home, which is why I listed it first. It’s the most basic of basic plumbing tools, and can be used for other things besides a toilet. There are also different types, including flange plungers that the normal plumber will normally keep on hand.
  2. Wrenches: More of a broad aspect, but it’s important to keep various wrenches around if you plan on doing any work yourself. A pipe wrench and Allen wrench are the two most common that your probably already have in your garage. There are several others to consider that are more appropriate for plumbing jobs including a basin wrench and faucet valve-seat wrenches.
  3. Drain snake and/or drain auger: If you have a clogged drain, a drain snake is normally the first thing the average homeowner grabs. You do of course have to be careful not to push too far or pull too hard. A drain auger is a similar tool, and functions the same way for the most part but is used for bigger lines.
  4. Channel Locks and Slip Join Pliers: Two more tools that are pretty common, but also pretty handy. Channel locks are great when you need to hold a pipe, while using your other hand for something else. And slip joint pliers go right with them to help hold other tools and pipes.
  5. Plumbers Tape: An important, but sometimes forgotten “tool” to have with you. Great to help prevent leaks.
  6. Washers and O-Rings: Definitely more of an advanced item to have on hand. Extra washers and O-rings are normally needed when working on faucets and stopping drips. These can grow old and crack easy, so it’s important to have a few extra.
  7. Hacksaw and Pipe Cutters: If you need a saw or pipe cutter, you probably have a pretty extensive job on hand. But if you’re needing to remove or replace older pipes…both are very handy.

There are of course several other tools and items you can keep on hand to make sure you have everything you need if you’re going to be performing some DIY plumbing projects. It’s important to always remember to do your research, and if you aren’t 100% comfortable with the job…call a professional. We thank our plumbing Allen TX friends for some additional info and insight!