Marriage Therapy Radio

By Zach Brittle and Laura Heck at forBetter

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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.

Episode Date
Ep 182 Working Through Conflict | with Jayson Gaddis
46:57

Zach and Laura interview Jayson Gaddis, founder of The Relationship School and author of Getting to Zero: How to Work Through Conflict in Your High-Stakes Relationships. The conversation provides some new frameworks to think about the way you approach conflict in your relationship. 

Sep 21, 2021
Ep 181 Advance Skydiving Skills
28:09

Zach's wife is a little concerned that his brain doesn't work. He and Laura extend the skydiving conflict metaphor from episode 2 with some helpful insight into achieving intimacy. 

 
Sep 14, 2021
Ep 180 Strong-Willed Tiny Humans | with Danielle Bettmann
36:31

Zach and Laura are recording from the same house, but different rooms as they interview Danielle Bettmann. Danielle is a parenting coach for those of us with "strong-willed small humans". She shares how she got into her work and some wonderful resources for anyone doing the difficult and important work of parenting. You can find Danielle at Parenting Wholeheartedly

Sep 07, 2021
Ep 179 Types of Couples
31:15

Laura is figuring out carpooling. Zach is taking a break from exercise. 

They discuss the different types of couples that come to therapy.
Aug 31, 2021
Ep 178 A.R.E. you there for your partner?
32:44

Laura helps Zach reminisce about his favorite bar that closed down a few years ago. Laura is thrilled about her sex ed. 

Laura brings the topic of Emotionally Focused Therapy to discuss if you ARE there for your partner. 

Aug 24, 2021
Ep 177 Agreements
29:04
Zach is seeing his social media from a whole new perspective. Laura completed an epic backpacking trip. 
 
They go on to discuss the importance of shared agreements in your marriage. 
 
 
Aug 17, 2021
Ep 176 Mailbag
38:06

After kicking it off with a couple of dad jokes, Zach and Laura get right into some questions from listeners. 

 
Aug 10, 2021
Ep175 David Wilcox
39:44

Zach and Laura have a wonderful interview with singer/songwriter David Wilcox. He shares what he has learned about life, love, and marriage through his journey of self-discovery and artistry. 

This is a different format from the usual MTR episode, and well worth a listen. 

Find Zach's wife's curated David Wilcox playlist on the MTR Instagram  

Aug 03, 2021
Ep 174 A Shared Story
34:23

Zach vows not to get Laura anything for her birthday, but he might end up getting her a chessboard. Operation "Blue Check" continues in earnest. To help out, be sure to follow @marriagetherapyradio

 
They discuss how to handle conflict when you can't agree on what the story even is. 
 
Jul 27, 2021
Ep 173 This Workshop Won't Work
30:09

Zach is moving his schedule around so he can be at his kid's soccer games. Laura is gearing up for her triathlon. They discuss the need for couples to do the work when seeking help for their relationship. They talk about the Art & Science of Love, a workshop based on over 40 years of research from The Gottman Institute. Zach and Laura will be the instructors for the October event. 

To register go to https://www.gottman.com/mtr.

Don't forget to use the discount code mentioned in the episode. 

Jul 20, 2021
Ep 172 Context > Content
30:31

Laura is jumping into her local fitness scene with both feet and possibly into sex therapy with both hands. Zach is exercising his social media skills. They go on to discuss the impact of words; what is said, how it's said, and how it's heard, on your relationship. 

 
Jul 13, 2021
Ep 171 Attraction to Coworker
34:51

Project "Blue Checkmark" is well underway. Laura just got back from a camping trip and Zach is thinking about watching a Netflix show that is sweeping the nation. They go on to discuss a listener question regarding their attraction to a coworker. 

 
Jul 06, 2021
Ep 170 Trust the Process
29:03

Laura is back in school. Zach is learning about how social media works. They discuss the process of therapy and the importance of being the author of your own story. 

 
Jun 29, 2021
Ep 169 How to Not Die Alone | with Logan Ury
43:16

Zach and Laura welcome Logan Ury to the podcast (for the second time, kind of) to share her data driven insights into finding, growing, and keeping love. You will also get to hear what kind of museum she would open. 

Jun 22, 2021
Ep 168 Repair vs. Perfection
21:19

Zach is in sync with Chicago while in Charlotte. Laura is losing sleep thinking about her clients. In his jetlagged state, Zach shares how a mistake in a text message led to a great insight about repairing a rupture in your relationship. 

 
Jun 15, 2021
Ep 167 Life Themes
25:04

Zach and Laura saw each other in person after nearly 2 years and it was less eventful than you would think. Laura shares some thoughts on a book about life themes. 

 
Jun 08, 2021
Ep 166 "Pride & Prejudice" with Candice Czubernat
37:33

Zach and Laura talk with Candice Czbubernat about topics and issues relevant to LGBTQ relationships. It's a wide-ranging interview with more than a few surprises. Also, Zach doesn't throw rocks. Learn more about Candice at thechristiancloset.com

Jun 01, 2021
Ep 165 The Magic Relationship Ratio
24:28

Zach is feeling really good about some stuff in life. Laura is reminded about how the good things in life fill our account, which leads to their discussion of the Gottman Magic Relationship Ratio.

May 25, 2021
Ep 164 The Empowered Wife - With Laura Doyle
38:40

After confirming that they would survive the interview, Zach and Laura learn about Laura Doyle and her book, The Empowered Wife

May 19, 2021
Ep 163 Finding Life Balance
30:55

Laura is needing some self-care. Zach doesn't want any more friends. They discuss a listener question about life balance and also discuss some current client concerns. 

 
May 11, 2021
Ep 162 Quadrants
28:15

Zach has a microphone puppet. Laura wants to get a different kind of puppet. They go on to discuss the power of using quadrants to identify where you are and where you want to be. 

May 04, 2021
Ep 161 WandaVision Wisdom
29:35
Zach and Laura sit down with Screen Crush's Ryan Arey to discuss the relationship wisdom of WandaVision and other SciFi superheros. 
 
Apr 27, 2021
Ep 160 Start Stop Continue
23:56

Zach is sitting in the dark. Laura has a burning throat. Laura brings a skill-building topic that is sure to help any relationship. 

Apr 21, 2021
Ep 159 The 80/80 Marriage
35:46

Zach and Laura interview Nate and Kaley Klemp about their new book The 80/80 Marriage.

Apr 13, 2021
Ep 158 Emotional Intelligence Part 2
34:43

Laura's kid is in the basement and her husband is on vacation. Zach is ramping up for college visits. They proceed to talk about Part 2 of Emotional Intelligence. Grab a pen and paper because you will want to ATTUNE to this conversation.

Apr 06, 2021
Ep 157 Emotional Intelligence Part 1
29:57

Laura is exhausted after a whirlwind road trip. Zack is continuing his LEGO builds. They go on to have a great discussion on the importance of emotional intelligence and offer some great tips on how to grow it.

 
Mar 30, 2021
Ep 156 Dumb Dads
41:37

Zach is flying solo this week and gets to interview Kevin and Evan from The Dumb Dads Podcast, two stay-at-home dads doing the best they can. 

Mar 23, 2021
Ep 155 Mailbag
29:05

Zach is watching Stranger Things while building even stranger things. Laura got outplayed by her husband. 

They pick a couple of listener letters to respond to on the podcast. Although the questions are specific to the listener, their insights can be helpful for any relationship.  

Mar 16, 2021
Ep 154 Partner in Pain
16:48

Laura is flying solo today. She shares a story of how you can show up for your partner when they are in pain. 

Mar 10, 2021
Ep 153 Gratitude
27:25

Zach reflex on his trip to Mexico. It leads to a great conversation on gratitude, but probably not in the way you would think.

Mar 03, 2021
Ep 152 Happy with Baby with Catherine O'Brien
27:02

Laura is flying solo this week as Zach is away. She gets to interview Catherine O'Brien author of Happy with Baby about ways to protect the relationship when you add a baby to the mix. 

Learn more about Catherin at her website Happy with Baby.

Feb 23, 2021
Ep 151 Let's Talk about Valentine's Day
27:58

Zach kicks us off with some jokes. Laura is the gift-giving master. This leads them into a discussion about the importance of Valentine's Day and what it represents. 


We know, Valentine's Day is over, and this is a valuable discussion any day of the year. 

Feb 16, 2021
Ep 150 Enduring Vulnerabilities
28:55

Zach is loving Marriage Therapy Radio. Laura cashed in on Gamestop. They go on to discuss how the vulnerabilities that get triggered in our relationships can be understood and navigated. 

Feb 09, 2021
Ep 149 10 Rules of Good Communication
41:22
Laura is prepping for some glamping. Zach hired an actor to play himself.

They go on to discuss Dan Wile's 10 Rules of Good Communication from his book After the Honeymoon: How Conflict Can Improve your Relationship.
  • Communication Rule 1. Make “I” Statements not “You” Statements.
  • Communication Rule 2: Don’t Say “Always” or “Never”
  • Communication Rule 3: Don’t interrupt your partner
  • Communication Rule 4: Paraphrase what your partner just said
  • Communication Rule 5: Don’t Mind-Read
  • Communication Rule 6: Stick to One Complaint
  • Communication Rule 7: Don’t Dig Up Old Grievances
  • Communication Rule 8: Don’t Get Sidetracked Arguing Over Irrelevant Details
  • Communication Rule 9: Don’t Label, Name-Call, Use Sarcasm, or Threaten to End the Relationship
  • Communication Rule 10: Don’t Dump Out Stored-Up Complaints
 
Feb 02, 2021
Ep 148 Anxiety and Depression
35:48

Zach details his Peleton "buying" experience. Laura is looking forward to a Spring Break RV trip. They go on to discuss how to deal with anxiety and depression as it comes up in your self and your partner. 

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Jan 26, 2021
Ep 147 Making it Through the Flooding
37:39

Zach really wanted to sleep in, but Laura wants to get everything done early. Zach just celebrated 27 years of watching The American President, and they both are feeling a bit hungry. They go on to discuss how to manage yourself and your relationship when you get flooded. 

 
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Jan 19, 2021
Ep 146 Laura's Favorite Things
32:43

Laura is flying solo today. She wanted to share some of her favorite things and how they have benefited her marriage. 

If you're needing personal help with your marriage, you can connect with a counselor through our sponsor Better Help

 

Jan 13, 2021
Ep 145 Navigating Different Communication Styles
25:47
Zach is almost a winner. Laura can't sit down. They discuss how to navigate differences in how you communicate in your relationship. 
 
Jan 07, 2021
Ep 144 Supporting Habits and Rituals
30:05

Zach updates us on his fantasy football success and bemoans 1-star reviews. Laura is getting her health groove on. This leads to a discussion of how to support new habits and rituals in your relationship. 

Dec 22, 2020
Ep 143 Add SPARK to your Marriage in 48 Hours
36:42

Zach and Laura discuss how many folks are looking for therapy these days. Laura's practice is full, but Zach doesn't believe in full. Zach has some fantasy football scores to settle. They go on to discuss how to put SPARK in your marriage in 48 hours. 

Dec 16, 2020
Ep 142 Three Tools for an Intentional Relationship
32:49

Zach applies for a game show. Laura is opening a home gym and going BIG on Christmas. They discuss three tools that can help you create an intentional relationship. 

 
Dec 08, 2020
Ep 141 Three Reasons Your Conversations Become Conflicts
29:43

Zach and Laura reflect on the strangeness of Thanksgiving in the midst of a pandemic. They go on to discuss Zach's theory that knowing the What, Why, and Who when beginning a conversation can prevent you from falling into conflict. 

Dec 02, 2020
Ep 140 Sex: Brakes & Gas
30:35

Zach is working out a new joke. He and Laura both agree that they would like to be a lumberjack and lumberjill, respectively. They go on to discuss how understanding your most fulfilling and least fulfilling sexual experiences can lead to a wonderful sex life. 

 
Nov 26, 2020
Ep 139 The Pendulum Swing
27:16

Zach and Laura discuss the pendulum swings we take in relationships. 

 
Nov 17, 2020
Ep 138 Listener Questions
30:05

Laura is dealing with a full load and tiny balls. Zach forgot how to solve a Rubik's Cube. They go on to address two listener questions and provide a TON of practical tips for improving your relationship. 

Nov 10, 2020
Ep 137 Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
36:38

Laura is flying solo today and interviews Hyrum Osmond, Disney animator. They discuss the path to his dream job and the impact on his relationship. 

Be sure to check out his #warmhugscampaign on Instagram

Nov 04, 2020
Ep 136 The In-Laws
27:11

Laura is not liking her soup. Zach is not liking Laura's house or the person who administered his COVID test. But, rest assured, he's negative. 
They discuss a listener question regarding the in-laws. 

Oct 20, 2020
Ep 135 Anger Management
24:20

Laura is headed on what sounds like a pretty sweet vacation. Zach circles back on the conflict he was in with his wife last week. Laura's husband is getting some internet traffic. They go on to answer a listener question from Brazil about managing anger in your relationship. 

 
Oct 13, 2020
Ep 134 Disrupting the Pattern
26:39

Both Zach and Laura talk about the importance of walks for each of them personally and in their therapy. They go on to discuss some ways of disrupting the established patterns of conflict in your relationship. 

 
Oct 06, 2020
Ep 133 The Pilot Episode
38:15

Zach and Laura welcome Ed Rush, an author, speaker, and advisor, to discuss how his experiences as a decorated Marine fighter pilot translate to his relationship with his wife. 

 
Sep 29, 2020
Ep 132 Three Practices to Get You Through the Pandemic
28:51

Laura finds the wrong Zach on Instagram. Zach expresses an opinion on a Netflix movie and gets some push-back from the social square. They go on to discuss how couples can not just get through the pandemic but really grow their relationship buy bridging back 3 practices from early in their courtship. 

Sep 22, 2020
Ep 131 Hurt Feelings
31:40

Laura is a superhuman with self-healing powers. Zach is reminded of the importance of kindness. They go on to discuss a listener's question regarding what to do with hurt feelings when feel your partner has not been kind.

 
 
Sep 15, 2020
Ep 130 After the Fight
27:57

The kids are headed back to school. Zach is excited to get back in therapy. This leads to a discussion about the frequency of therapy and how often is helpful. Laura gives an update on her biking injury. They go on to discuss a listener's question about what to do after conflict. 

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Sep 08, 2020
Ep 129 Interrogation vs Invitation
29:59

Laura is nursing some wounds after a bike accident. Zach has a finger out of whack. This leads them into a discussion of attractive doctors they have had over the years. They go on to discuss the way we approach questions to our partner. Is it an investigation or an invitation. 

Sep 01, 2020
Ep 128 Pause and Attribute 
29:59

Zach is now a hand model and cracking afternoon beers. Laura is business up top and casual on bottom. They discuss different strategies for disrupting the negative patterns of communication in your relationship. 

Aug 25, 2020
Ep 127 Listener Question on Leadership
29:59

Laura is rocking her trailer skills, even with the Austin Powers' style turns. Zach is thinking about yoga and stepping up his health game. They then address a listener's question about leadership in their relationship. 

Aug 18, 2020
Ep 126 Too Much and Not Enough
29:59

Laura has a trailer in her front yard. Zach's t-shirts are fitting better. They discuss what is sometimes the core fear for a man and a woman. 

 
Aug 11, 2020
Ep 125 The Enneagram with Ni'coel Stark
41:50

Recorded while Laura was on the road, Zach is joined by Ni'coel Stark to discuss the Enneagram. Ni'coel is a corporate intelligence strategist who brings a great deal of experience into the value and use of the Enneagram. Listeners who are unfamiliar with the Enneagram will find reason to explore this ancient tool and folks who are already Enneagram fans will find fresh insights.

Aug 04, 2020
Ep 124 Insta Inspiration
28:36

Laura is back from her travels and COVID has hit close to home. She is celebrating a birthday. Zach is experimenting with glass blowing, kind of, and has mastered the Rubic's Cube. They go on to discuss if there is anything to gain from inspirational Instagram quotes. 

Jul 28, 2020
Ep 123 Getting it Right vs Being Right
17:25

Zach and Laura discuss some of their favorite clients. Laura tries to convince you to listen to a different podcast. They then discuss the importance of valuing the relationship over being "right" in any disagreement. 

Jul 22, 2020
Ep 122 The Hamilton Question
25:17

Zach and Laura have to work out their own communication conflicts. Laura is headed out on a great adventure and Zach is welcoming back his kids. They throw out a Hamilton challenge, and go on to discuss a listener question about building trust after an affair. 

 
 
Jul 15, 2020
Ep 121 Love in the Time of the Coronavirus
18:35

With Laura out gallivanting around the Northwest in her RV Zach is sharing a recording of a talk he did for ParentMap It's full of valuable takeaways. You might want to have a notebook handy for this one. 


See the full talk on Facebook

Jul 08, 2020
Ep 120 Good Defenses
26:36

Laura controls the weather and gets into a great intense conversation with her husband about switching household roles. Zach is pretty certain he is not interested in that for him and his wife. Zach is getting a week without his kids. Laura doesn't share her sex dream. They go on to have a great conversation about defensiveness. 

Jul 01, 2020
Ep 119 The Truth About Marriage with Roger Nygard
43:23

Zach and Laura hop straight into a great conversation with Roger Nygard, filmmaker, author, and producer, about his latest project, The Truth About Marriage. They discuss the insights he gained while researching and creating this film and book companion. 

 
Jun 23, 2020
Ep 118 Speaking in Code
25:42

Zach is mayor of grouchy town but he solved a Rubik's Cube. Laura shares her creative spellings. They go on to discuss the importance of having code language in your relationship. 

 
Jun 16, 2020
Ep 117 Tapping into Your Inner Adult
29:17

Laura is obsessed with Magnificent Sex. Zach is starting some stuff and counting cats. They go on to discuss the work of Terry Real and the impact it has in their own lives and the lives of their clients. 

Jun 11, 2020
Ep 116 Listener Question on Pot
25:53

Zach and Laura discuss the odd ending of last week's show. Zach is celebrating over 1 million views on the Vanity Fair videos. They field a call from a listener about different perspectives on marijuana use. 

Jun 02, 2020
Ep 115 Selfish or Self-Care
22:26

Zach is super proud of his kids. Laura shares about some of the Vanity Fair video that ended up on the cutting room floor. They go on to discuss the difference between selfishness and self-care. 

 
May 28, 2020
Ep114 Self Love with Jonathon Aslay
43:08

Zach finally put the doors on his shed.Both he and Laura showered today, but for different reasons. They move on to discuss self love and self care with mid-life dating and relationship coach, Jonathan Aslay

If you're looking for help try Better Help today by visiting https://trybetterhelp.com/mtr 

May 19, 2020
Ep 113 Dream, Discuss, Decide
33:54

Laura is stocking up on bikes. Zach is spotting pigs in his neighborhood. They discuss what it looks like to bring on a new client. They go on to discuss the importance of having conversations on three levels: dreaming, discussing, and deciding. 

 
May 12, 2020
Ep 112 Better Sex Through Mindfulness | with Dr. Lori Brotto
37:29

Zach and Laura discuss a recent video they created with Vanity Fair. Check it out, it's a really fun look at relationships in Disney films. They then welcome a guest, Dr. Lori Brotto. They discuss Dr. Brotto's latest book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire and other related topics. 

If you're looking for help try Better Help today by visiting https://trybetterhelp.com/mtr 

May 05, 2020
Ep 111 What's your Next
23:40

Zach opens up about some of his struggles in this time and the importance of getting his own therapy. Laura joins him in discussing the importance of having purpose and a next. 

If your "next" is to seek out a therapist. Try Better Help by visiting (sponsored) https:// trybetterhelp.com/mtr

Apr 29, 2020
Ep 110 Stop Being so Helpful
28:56

Zach is building stuff around the house. Laura wants him to drive down and build her some planter boxes while she reads. They then address a listeners question about what to do about wanting to be helpful in every situation. 

Apr 21, 2020
Ep 109 Maybe it's Grief
28:10

After a couple dad jokes, Zach and Laura discuss a bit how they are dealing with working out while quarantined. They talk about order, grief, relationship roles and finding peace in this chaotic time. 

 
Apr 14, 2020
Ep 108 Listener Questions
32:55

Zach and Laura discuss what Beyonce, Goonies, Tiger King, and hot tubs have in common. They go on to address a number of listener questions that have piled up in the last few weeks.  

 
Apr 08, 2020
Ep 107 Stir Crazy
36:12

Zach is a bit grumpy. Laura is feeling really positive. Zach has a movie recommendation and the two of them contemplate who might want to be a guest on upcoming episodes. They go on to discuss the new options for couples looking for outside help for their relationships and end with some tips for creating positive change in this uncertain time. Be sure to stick through to the end to hear Laura lose her mind. 

Mar 31, 2020
Ep 106 Birdhouse for your Soul
25:42

Laura's kid starts us off with some solid dad jokes. She and Zach go on to discuss self care and creating sacred spaces for yourself and for your relationship. 

 
Mar 24, 2020
Ep105 The Inevitable Podcast about Relationships in the Age of the Zombie Apocalypse
30:37

Recorded almost a week ago, Zach and Laura discuss the Coronavirus, OJ, oysters, and turning toward your partner. They also have a generous offer for folks looking to improve their marriage while everything is shut down. 

Mar 17, 2020
Ep 104 Fight, Flight, or Freeze
22:01

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. 

 
Mar 10, 2020
Ep 103 Asking for What you Want
27:31

Zach is worn out from fighting with a woman (in his martial arts class). Laura is basking in the late winter sun. They discuss common dreams and particularly a dream Zach had about losing his teeth. Laura brings a listener's question about how to deal with a spouse that does not want to hear your desires or wishes for their relationship. 

Mar 03, 2020
Ep 102 - How to Ruin Your Marriage
29:50

Laura is heading to Hawaii and a little annoyed that her husband will be golfing every day. Zach is headed to Mexico and will be seeing his private magician again. They go on to discuss some of the things that can lead to a bad marriage.

Feb 25, 2020
Ep 101 - Keeping the Relationship Strong When You are Hustling at Work
24:14

Zach is away with his family so Laura is sharing a recording of a keynote she recently gave to door-to-door salespeople. These folks are highly commited to succeding at work, but wanted some help kowning how to keep thier relationshps at home strong. 

Feb 19, 2020
Ep 100 - We Celebrate 100 Episodes
28:26

Zach just finished his taxes, has already spent his refund and is headed on vacation. Laura is working on her taxes... from a few years ago. Together they celebrate some of the milestones of Marriage Therapy Radio. Zach shares about completing his latest project, Marriage Therapy Journal.

Feb 12, 2020
Ep 99 - Date Night with Tyler Turk
34:06

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

 

 

Feb 04, 2020
Ep 98 - ADHD with Dr. Ari Tuckman
38:06

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

 
Jan 28, 2020
Ep 97 - Great Questions
30:12

Zach and Laura discuss their shower and workout schedules. Let's just say, one of them likes to "stew". Zach is in the home stretch of a new project. They go on to discuss the power of a good question in your relationship.  

 
 
Jan 22, 2020
Ep 96 - Parenting Teen Girls
38:30

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. 

Jan 14, 2020
Ep 95 - Try it This Way
29:58

Zach and Laura recount their respective New Year's Eve celebrations. Zach has a couple gripes and Laura isn't quite sure about science. They go on to discuss a powerful practice that could reshape the way you relate with your partner. Putting into practice what there share in this episode would be a wonderful way to kick off the new year in a positive direction. 

 
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Jan 03, 2020
Ep 94 - Holiday Grab Bag
25:42

Laura is dressed like an elf -sorry this is not a visual medium-. Zach took a tumble. Vasectomy gets discussed at length. Laura introduces a cool experiment for wives to help improve their marriage. They go on to discuss death and sex. They really cover a lot on this holiday grab bag. 

Dec 24, 2019
Ep 93 - Laura's Holiday Blues
22:49

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.

Dec 10, 2019
Ep 92 - Man's Burden
27:00

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. 

 
 
Dec 03, 2019
Ep 91 - Sharing the Load of the Relationship
23:35

Laura is jogging from her son's house to school and back twice a day. That's about the same about of jogging Zach has done in the last year. They go on to discuss what happens in a relationship when one partner has carried the primary load of the relationship and what is now required when they want that to change. 

Nov 20, 2019
Ep 90 - Couples that Work Together
23:50

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. 

Nov 07, 2019
Ep 89 - Considering Relational Life Therapy
28:53

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. 

Oct 30, 2019
Ep 88 - Coupling with Purpose
23:47

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. 

Oct 23, 2019
Ep 87 - Addiction Recovery with Dr. Bob Navarra
43:41

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. 

Oct 15, 2019
Ep 86 - Anatomy of Marriage
54:46

Zach and Laura get to team up with Melanie and Seth of the Anatomy of Marriage Podcast.

Oct 02, 2019
Ep 85 - Playing with Your Partner
26:27

Zach is back to coaching soccer, but this time for boys. Laura is planning some upcoming trips and is a bit nervous about her largest speaking gig coming up. They go on to discuss the importance of play with your partner. 

 
Sep 24, 2019
Ep 84 - Blended Families with Beth Wylie
34:13

Zach and Laura have a great conversation with Beth Wylie. Beth is a long time friend who is also an expert on blended families. 

Sep 17, 2019
Ep 83 - The Importance of Predictability
29:59

Zach and Laura quickly catch up on all that has been going on in their lives the last month or so. Laura details upcoming topics. They go on to discuss the importance of predictability in your relationship. 

Sep 10, 2019
Ep 82 - We've Had This Fight Before | An interview with Dr. Claudia Grauf-Grounds
29:44

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. 

Aug 27, 2019