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However, they typical 1-hr session approach doesn't work, you need an Accelerated Marriage Counseling approach (AMC).

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Most couples err by either speaking the truth without love or by not speaking up on things that are important to them (the truth) out of what they think is love.  The Bible tells us to do both.

Eph. 4:15 "but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ."

Read the following article to see how.
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Speak The Truth In Love:  Marriage Skill #30MarriageSkilla

Eph. 4:15 "but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ," 


Some people speak the truth without love, and others out of what they think is love don't speak the truth. It seems we err on one side or the other but we are to do both; speak the truth in love.


Just because you think something, doesn't mean you should say it (truth without love). Others err by not speaking up more often about things that are important to us (love without truth).


Here are some guidelines to do both:


1. Identify your negative / general complaint (done privately).


"He/she is so inconsiderate for making plans without asking me first! I'm sick of it"


Now reword your complaint into a more positive expression of your needs. Here's how:


2. Assume the best. Most people don't set out to hurt us intentionally. So begin your conversation acknowledging that the person didn't intentionally upset you. See things from their perspective and then begin with words that show you're "thinking the best" of them.


"I know you have been very busy with things at work, and yet . . ."


3. State the facts. Clearly and concisely identify the event that is upsetting you. Just give the facts leaving out judgments, criticisms, sarcasm, threats or aggressive tones. Don't ramble but get to the point.


"When you made dinner plans the other night without checking with me first . . ."


4. Tell how you feel. Let them know how the events impacted you emotionally in one or two words.


"I felt disrespected and disappointed."


5. Share what you need.  Finally, share a specific, vulnerable statement telling how the person could meet your need in the future. Tell what you need and what that might look like or sound like for the future. Words like, "Next time, it would mean a lot to me . . . " and "In the future, it would be important for me . . . ".


"Next time, it would mean a lot to me if you would check with me before making plans that affect me. It is important to me, that we discuss our schedules to that I feel included and respected."


Speaking the truth in love does not include:

  • Name calling or labeling (i.e. You were a real jerk for . . .).
  • Raising your voice.
  • A harsh or demeaning tone of voice.
  • Sarcasm, threats or aggression.
  • Generalizing or blowing things out of portion ("You always . . . " or "you never . . . ").
2-Day Marriage ClinicMarriageClinic                          Schedule/Register Now
March 1-2, 2012

A 2-day clinic to learn / experience 25 Core Relational Life Skills.
 * The #1 reason marriages struggle and fail
 * One concept that stops all arguing
 * Why love is not meeting a need but the "Need Of The Moment"
 * How to heal and recover from past hurts
 * "Top 12 Needs Of Men And Women"
 * How to recover from infidelity
 * Learn essential lifestyle disciplines
 * How to communicate desires and hurts without provoking anger
 * See more topics   

This is a group event but you never share your stuff 
with the group.  You learn 25 skills and then privately communicate with your partner.  The only person you have to talk with is your spouse! 


2-Day Marriage Clinics are held on the first Thursday / Friday of every month from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.  The 2012 schedule is:  

Jan 5-6

May 3-4

Sep 6-7

Feb 2-3

Jun 7-8

Oct 4-5

Mar 1-2

Jul 5-6

Nov 1-2

Apr 5-6

Aug 2-3

Dec 6-7

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Contact Information:

Phone: (832) 358-0900   

3-Day Accelerated Marriage Counseling



 REGISTER NOW for 3-Day AMC           


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This is the fastest way to marital harmony!  Give us 3-days and you will experience the marriage you always dreamed of!



See 13 Reasons Accelerated Counseling is better than 1-hr sessions



You will learn: 


* The #1 reason marriages struggle and fail

* One concept that stops all arguing

* Why love is not meeting a need but the "Need Of The Moment"

* How to heal and recover from past hurts

* "Top 12 Needs of Men and Women"

* How to recover from infidelity

* Learn essential life style disciplines

* Get to the root of addictions

* How to communicate desires and hurts without provoking anger

* See more topics


Completely private: you, your partner and the counselor only.  No group sessions are included. 


Call to schedule. 


Phone: (832) 358-0900



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Terry Elkins MA
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To schedule individual counseling please contact Terry at:

Phone:  (832) 358-0900
New City Centre / Town & Country Office Location
(Katy Freeway@ Beltway 8)

10575 Katy Freeway, Suite 315
Houston, TX 77024-1012


About Karl Elkins, LPC, ThM, MA, CSC, BCPCC, DAPAAboutKarlElkins Karl Pic

Karl has 26 years of counseling experience
having seen over 3500 clients and is an Adjunct Instructor at College of Biblical Studies teaching Marriage and Family courses. He is Founder and President of Christway Counseling Center P.C. specializing in marriage and family counseling. He earned a Master's degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He was formerly on staff with Intimate Life Ministries and director of a Houston Minirth-Meier New Life Clinic. He is married to Terry Elkins and has two grown children.


If you schedule for the 2-Day Marriage Clinic by 4:30 p.m. 15 days before the event, save $60 off the regular registration price.

Coupon does not need to be printed or presented and the offer is transferable. Share this discount with friends and families that might benefit from the 2-Day Marriage Clinic.

Offer expires each month at 4:30 pm 15 days before next 2-Day Marriage Clinic