As a Certified Group Therapist and a member of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, Damian creates a supportive environment where every couple can feel safe to share their experiences. You’ll practice new communication and awareness skills and gain insight into your own relationship by listening to other couples’ histories. Average group sizes are between 3 and 5 couples. Group therapy for individuals is also available. Learn more.

Often as a follow-up to a workshop, Damian works directly with individual couples in private sessions. In this safe, structured environment, you’ll gain deeper insight into your relationship and practice the tools and skills you need to create a better relationship together. Coaching via telephone, Skype, or Facebook is also available for long-distance couples.  Learn more.

Most couples start their journey by taking part in the Imago couples workshop, the most powerful and effective relationship education in the world today. In a relaxed and emotionally safe environment, you’ll learn how to develop a conscious relationship and transform struggle into growth and connection. Couples walk away with new relationship tools they can put into practice immediately. Learn more.

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    Recapture the bliss and happiness from when you first fell in love with the “Getting the Love You Want” workshop.

    For the vast majority of couples, Damian recommends experiencing the couples workshop before entering couples therapy with any therapist. 

    The workshops presented by Damian are held in Houston and Galveston Island. Workshops specifically designed for LGBT couples are also available.

    Confidentiality is emphasized in order to create a safe environment, and you and your partner will have opportunities to work alone and privately share with one another. Class size is limited to ensure couples get the attention they need. Sign up now to ensure a spot.

    Schedule
    Friday: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm

    Learn more about the “Getting the Love You Want” workshop.

    Houston

    November 7-9
    December 5-7

    Galveston Island

    November 21-23

     

Houston Marriage Therapist: Late Fall Date Ideas

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While there’s nothing wrong with having a few “favorite dates” that you and your partner frequently fall back on for your date night, it’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re periodically trying novel activities together in order to keep the spark alive and avoid falling into a rut. And fortunately, the changing seasons provide a great opportunity to try out some new date ideas that work best at certain times of the year.

As a Houston marriage therapist, I encourage couples to make time to focus on their relationship and schedule a regular date night (or date day). If you’re having trouble coming up with new date ideas for the late fall season, consider some of the suggestions below. Don’t hesitate to branch out from these suggestions, as well—talk to your partner about what he or she would most like to do this season and come up with activities that you’ll both enjoy.

5 Fall Date Recommendations from the Houston Marriage Therapist

Go camping. Here in Texas, late fall is actually an ideal time to go camping because the weather is finally starting to cool down. If you live somewhere with pleasant temperatures this time of year, consider planning a weekend camping trip with your partner to break up your usual routine and start the week refreshed. Popular destinations in my state include Big Bend National Park and Lost Maples (one of the only places in the region where you’ll see fall foliage). If you live somewhere a little colder, take advantage of a clear day, bundle up, and go hiking at the nearest state park or natural area.

Sign up for a Turkey Trot together. Just about every town and city has some variation on the Turkey Trot, a fun run or walk that usually takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Signing up for this type of event may get you and your partner motivated to get outside and run or walk together on a regular basis in preparation.

Make a seasonal dinner together. For a romantic night in, go shopping for seasonal ingredients and look up a new fall recipe to try together. Fall is also a great season for mulled wine, which is relatively easy to make, or apple cider, if you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option.

Go to a harvest festival. Fall is festival (and state fair) season, so plan an outing to a nearby weekend event where you can enjoy live music, delicious food, and maybe even a corn maze.

Explore a nearby small town. If you and your partner are looking for a change of scene, try driving to a nearby small town where neither of you has stopped before. Spend an afternoon exploring the downtown area, and get lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. If possible, look for a scenic route to get to the town rather than just taking the highway.

No matter what specific dates you and your partner choose this fall, spending time together doing new activities that you can both enjoy is an important part of maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Houston Relationship Counselor: How Sex Benefits Your Brain

You’ve probably already heard that doing crossword puzzles and eating certain foods can help boost your brain power and stave off the effects of aging, but one activity you might not have thought would benefit your brain is to have more sex with your partner.

There are several different ways that regular sex may boost your brain power. One study from 2010 found that sexually active adult male rats experienced an increase in the number of neurons in their hippocampus (the part of the brain associated with memory) when having sex (either on a daily basis or once every two weeks), something that non-sexually active rats in the control group did not experience. Researchers also found that rats in the group that had sex daily had a rise in the number of connections between brain cells. In short, sex actually helped the experimental subjects’ brains to grow.

Another study, conducted just this past year, found that the creation of new neurons due to regular sex also improves cognitive function. The study looked at middle-aged rats and revealed that long-term exposure to rewarding sexual experiences led to cognitive improvement, which may also indicate that regular sex can help stave off some of the cognitive decline associated with aging in humans. However, the study also found that the cognitive benefits of sex are lost with a prolonged withdrawal period.

Making Sex a Regular Part of Your Relationship

There’s no “sex quota” that you need to reach in your relationship, but having sex on a regular basis is healthy for you and your partner (as long as both people are enjoying the sex). If you don’t feel like you’re having sex as often as you’d like to, the best thing to do is to be honest and talk to your partner about what you’re looking for. Encourage your partner to tell you what they’d like as well so that you can both work towards having a sexually satisfying relationship.

If you and your partner are having trouble finding time for sex, consider scheduling a “sex date” once or twice a week. While it might seem strange at first to schedule sex, getting into this routine can help you and your partner find the time you need and ensure that you have sex on a regular basis.

Want to learn more about how to develop and maintain a relationship that’s healthy for both you and your partner? Schedule an appointment with a Houston relationship counselor or consider attending an upcoming Imago couples workshop to learn how to get the love you want.

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Houston Marriage Counselor: Finding Love in an Empty Nest

Some parents might look forward to the day when their children are living independently and they are able to reconnect with their spouse, but this can also be a stressful time in a marriage. This newfound time together typically feels very different than time spent together early in the relationship—empty nesters sometimes report feeling that their partner has significantly changed or that they have just drifted apart.

An empty nest doesn’t have to mean the end of a relationship, though. If you and your partner are both committed to making your marriage work, there are things that you can do to start reconnecting and bringing romance into your relationship. Strengthening your bond with your partner requires work on both your parts, but it is the type of work that comes with a great reward.

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