Announcing our partnership with Ladies Home Journal!

I am thrilled to announce the soft launch of a partnership with Ladies Home Journal magazine! Dr. Heitler has been a contributor to the popular “Can this marriage be saved” column for years. As LHJ is going through transition with that feature, they reached out to Power of Two Online as a partner. Instead of just answering specific marriage counseling questions of a few women each week, Ladies Home Journal readers are now being offered Power of Two Online–where each individual is given the power to save a marriage.

Power of Two Online was founded in 2005 by a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services with curriculum based on the writings of mother-daughter therapist team Dr. Susan Heitler and Dr. Abigail Hirsch. PO2 offers a unique skills-based approach to marriage counseling online, combining worksheets, multimedia interactive games and videos, and more. Torque Interactive Media designed the PO2 coaching platform to let users communicate with a real live marriage coach (usually Dr. Hirsch herself), resulting in a degree of personalization and intimacy seldom found in online marriage education. Dr. Hirsch is excited to announce that a Marriage Resources Education study proving the efficacy Power of Two was recently published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

Over the next few months LHJ will be promoting the partnership with online ads, editorials and tweets. You can check out our customized Ladies Home Journal landing page. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to spread marriage health and empowerment. The Ladies Home Journal has a readership of over 11.6 million, 7 million of which are married. The magazine’s interactive online companion, www.lhj.com, has 1.8 million unique visitors and 20 million page views each month.

Happier marriages mean happier, healthier people. Why not sign up today? It’s never to late to start your happily-ever-after!

Dr. Heitler Featured in LHJ’s Can This Marriage Be Saved

She’s at it again.  Yes, saving marriages — while that happens everyday around here, it’s always fun when the story is told in a broader way.

Dr. Heitler and a gracious couple have shared the story of how this couple, with some first rate help and skills, rescued their marriage.  The couple came to Dr. Heitler because their sexless marriage needed help.  The wife’s chronic pain condition further complicated the matter.  When she discovered him using a porn website she realized it was time for a serious lesson in how to communicate with your spouse if they wanted to save the marriage.

Read the whole happy story here.

Being laid off may take a toll on your marriage.

From Can This Marriage Be Saved?

In this issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, Margery D. Rosen profiles a couple who turned to Dr. Heitler when tough economic times took their toll on the couple’s marriage.

Her husband had an MBA in finance, the drive to work for a start-up company, and confidence. But, after being laid off from one job, and fired from another, he was unrecognizable. His new found negativism and pessimism was about to take a big toll on their marriage.

It’s a good thing the sought the help of Power of Two‘s very own Dr. HeitlerRead the story in Ladies’ Home Journal, and see if this marriage was saved.

via “He Lost His Job”.

Relationship Q&A: Depression: His and Hers

This Ladies’ Home Journal Q&A is a tough one. A reader describes a tough situation, in which her marriage was affected by her own depression and past hurtful treatment towards her husband. Now, he’s moved out, and while she’s sought treatment and seeks resolution with her husband, he has begun to suffer from his own bout of depression and regards their life together with a more “closed door” attitude.

What’s a wife to do?

Dr. Heitler encourages the reader to remember her husband’s depression, which may allow her take his reluctance to reconnect less personally.  Heitler recommends a heart to heart, which may help the reader to understand her husband’s concerns about reconciliation.

Depression can wreak havoc on even the strongest relationships, read more to learn the rest of Dr. Heitler’s recommendations.

source:  http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/relationship-qa-depression-his-and-hers/

Our Kids Drove Us Crazy: Did They Succeed?

Power of Two absolutely loves the article, “Our Kids Drove Us Crazy” from Ladie’s Home Journal.  Annette and Michael Feinstein have, what they like to call, “boomerang kids.”  Their two children, then 25 and 26, had both returned home after college.  As parents, Michael and Annette found themselves on opposite sides of the table when it came to the children moving on — and out.

After two years of a full house, Annette had had enough.  She moved out.

Curious how this story ends? Read the rest of the article online at LHJ.com

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/our-kids-drove-us-crazy/;jsessionid=NEYYF5ZTGS41ICQCEARSCZQ?page=1

Relationship Q&A: Hiding Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt is a tough topic.  While it might be tempting to try and keep it from your spouse,  as an adult, it’s important to come clean.

No one wants to incur their spouse’s anger, at the same time remind yourself that it to shall pass.  Still, you must be thoughtful about how and when you tell you husband.  Read Dr. Heitler’s suggestions.

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/relationship-qa-hiding-credit-card-debt/

Relationship Q&A: He Makes Me Feel Guilty About Shopping

At Power of Two, we like to shop!  I mean, who doesn’t?  So, we were all too pleased when Dr. Heitler answered the age old question — What do you do when you money personalities don’t match?

Heitler suggests finding a calm way to talk about such a sensitive subject.  Talk about how each of your parents managed discussions about money.  It’s important to find deeper understanding about each others’ financial tendencies.  Once you have, you can create a spending plan that’s just right for both of you.

Read more!

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/relationship-qa-he-makes-me-feel-guilty-about-shopping/

Relationship Q&A: I Get No Help From My Husband

Do you feel more like a maid than a wife and mother? You’re not alone.

In this LHJ Q&A session, Dr. Heitler addresses the key concept of being teammates. It may sound silly, but when it comes to the dision of  labor in a marriage, you need to work together!

Dr. Heitler suggests creating an official task list. Then, sit down together and go through the list, taking turns selecting tasks.  Keep at it until the whole list has been accounted for.  Whatever you do, don’t criticize your husband’s way of doing things. Instead offer encouragement for his efforts, and be careful not to gradually start t o pick up or re-do his tasks.

Finish this great read here!

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/basics/relationship-qa-i-get-no-help-from-my-husband/

Can This Marriage Be Saved? They Fought Over Chores and Decisions

Power of Two is excited to see Dr. Heitler as a contributor to one of the longest running segments in Ladies’ Home Journal: Can this Marriage Be Saved?

So, what happens when LHJ catches up with a couple who, eight years ago, were on the brink of divorce?

Great News! The couple just celebrated their 31st anniversary and have welcomed 3 grandchildren to the family. How did they do it? The couple consulted Power of Two’s Dr. Heitler. With her help, they were able to forge a new path based on mutual respect and communication.

Read the whole story at LHJ.com

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/they-fought-over-chores-and-decisions/

Relationship Q&A: My Depression Drove My Wife Away

Once again, we’re having fun reading Dr. Heitler’s latest advice on how to save your marriage.    Ladies’ Home Journal just came out with a Q&A on how to keep anger and fighting from ruining your marriage.    The bottom line– control and anger don’t work– skilled communication and mutual appreciation do!

Read more of  Dr. Heitler’s answer.

source: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/marriage/challenges/relationship-qa-my-depression-drove-my-wife-away/