When it comes to relationships, couples can accidentally deplete capital, in more ways than one. Spending time hashing the same point with phrases such as “You spend too much” or “It was on sale," couples grow impatient, sometimes becoming frustrated or angered, or (the worst possible solution) couples simply avoid the topic. Meanwhile, bank accounts rise and fall with each paycheck, often with expensive fees that make getting ahead impossible.
Interview three economists or financial planners and you will likely hear three different views about saving, spending, or otherwise managing money. You may think, "If industry experts are unable to agree, how can you expect us to agree?" The answer lies within your values, goals, and dreams. Learning to safely express fear and anxiety while openly learning of each other's financial dreams is key to your success--financial and relationship.
Within the nonjudgmental space of my office you can explore and challenge yourself to let go of limiting thoughts about money. Learning how to communicate about finances can set the foundation for future success in many areas of life together. My method of counseling aims to improve your communication skills around finances as well as learn how to hear and understand one another. What costs more, continued frustration and possibly relationship dissolution or investing in skills that last a lifetime?
Relationship counseling can help you explore the following:
Your relationship to money
Your partner's relationship to money
Overcome emotional setbacks due to financial choices
How to become a partnership or a team
Planning for the future
David Clark can be reached at 916.234.3346. He is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF#103359 employed by Hope for Healthy Families, a 501(3)(c) non-profit and charitable corporation in California. David is supervised by Regina Isabel K'burg, LMFT #86991.