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Couples Synergy: Real Couples, Real Stories...Real Relationships

A podcast about love, marriage & relationships: Couples Synergy with couples therapy and relationships experts, Dr Ray and Jean Kadkhodaian, features interviews with real couples about their marriage and relationships and offers insights on how to create a healthy and happy relationship. Having conducted marriage counseling, couples therapy and relationship coaching for over 25 years with thousands of couples, Dr. Ray and Jean offer their relationship advice in addition to interviewing couples, and over the course of their podcast cover topics such as, communication, sex, conflict, divorce, adoption, infertility, miscarriage, pornography, infidelity, anxiety, depression, blended families, dating, remarriage, intimacy, addiction, codependency, social media, parenting, PTSD and much more!

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01: What is Couples Synergy?
ALL ABOUT LOVE, MARRIAGE & RELATIONSHIPS: Learn about relationships as we discuss topics such as communication, conflict, infertility, adoption, parenting, blended families, divorce, sex, infidelity, pornography, dating and commitment. In this first episode, co-hosts, couples therapy and relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean Kadkhodaian, talk about their own marriage, why their passion has been conducting couples therapy for over 15 years, why they started the podcast, and their dream to transform relationships as we know it. Formal launch is on July 4, 2019, with three initial episodes. On July 8, 2019, two more episodes will be released, with one more episode released that week on July 11. Episodes will then be available every Monday and Thursday at 3am EST. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
16:52 6/3/19
02: 3 Ways to Improve Your Relationship Right Now
RIGHT NOW DO 3 THINGS & IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP: Couples therapy & relationships experts, Dr. Ray & Jean Kadkhodaian give their three tips that can immediately shift your relationship for the better. 1. Do something new and thrilling together Couples who experience something thrilling together create a bond that releases sexual attraction neurotransmitters What we know about human beings is that when we share a heart pounding experience together, we bond, and in the case of couples, it can create sexual attraction - The mountain between us (2017) about a male doctor and female writer that get stranded in the mountains after their pilot suffers a heart attack and the plane crashes. 2. Surprises We are not talking about just getting flowers or greeting cards for your spouse on special occasions. We are talking about random surprises, little gestures that show top of mind John Gottman, a researcher about couple relationships - bid attempts 3. Sleep naked Skin to skin contact facilitates the release of the neurotransmitters oxytocin and vasopressin which are bonding chemicals In a cotton USA poll, 57% of those who sleep in the nude report being happy in their relationships  Only 38% of those who sleep fully clothed report being happy in their relationships Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com  
28:54 7/4/19
03: How Your Career Affects Your Relationships
SOLO EARNER? DUAL INCOME? HOW YOUR CAREER AFFECTS YOUR RELATIONSHIP: Couples therapy & relationships experts, Dr. Ray & Jean discuss the different career structures within a relationship and the considerations couples must make as it relates to their relationship. The three types of entrepreneurial couple structures come from a book entitled, "Entrepreneural Couples" by Kathy Marshack: couplepreneurs – couples who have a business together solo entrepreneurs who have a supportive spouse dual entrepreneurial couple Census Beureau estimates 14 million solo entrepreneurs without employees, with a large number of these estimated to be run by husband and wives Some of the challenges within each career structure:  Solo Earner and stay-at-home Different careers Solo entrepreneur Dual entrepreneur Couplepreneur Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
35:04 7/4/19
04: Falling in Love & Falling into Life - Julie & Charlie
JULIE & CHARLIE'S STORY OF LOVE, LIFE & BUSINESS: In Ep. 4, couples therapy & relationships experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview Julie and Charlie, owners of Muscle Activation in Schaumburg, and CoHosts of the "Exercise is Health" podcast, where they talk about how they navigated a long distance relationship before deciding to have a committed relationship and start a business together starting their careers. They speak about what it is like to be couple entrepreneurs, how they deal with conflict, what are some of their unwritten rules in their relationship, and how they handle challenges together. To find out more about Julie & Charlie, visit them at http://www.matschaumburg.com/ Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
73:46 7/4/19
05: Divorce - An Opportunity for Growth
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM YOUR DIVORCE?: Couples therapy & relationships experts, Dr. Ray & Jean discuss the topic of divorce and offer advice they have from their experiences helping couples transition through divorce. Do we believe in divorce and what is the role of Couples Synergy in divorce? The importance of the divorce process Rahe Stress Scale The effects on children of divorce The 1 year plan and the intention of dating after divorce Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
30:39 7/8/19
06: Legalities of Divorce - Attorney Larry Manassa
INTERVIEW W/ DIVORCE ATTORNEY LARRY MANASSA: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview Larry Manassa with Manassa Law about the current legal trends in divorce, what people should be aware of when looking for an attorney and how to minimize the negative impact of divorce. To reach Larry Manassa, visit his website at https://manassalaw.com/ Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
53:52 7/8/19
07: Finding Love After Divorce - Cris & Leslie
CRIS & LESLIE'S STORY: Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationships experts, interview Cris & Leslie about each of their previous divorces and how they were able to move past the pain and find a new love in each other. They also talk about struggling with a serious health concern early on in their relationship and how it affected their new bond together. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
77:12 7/11/19
08: 3 Yellow Flags in Marriage
3 WARNING SIGNS, OR "YELLOW FLAGS" IN A MARRIAGE: In Episode 8, Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationship experts discuss 3 distinct warning signs, or "yellow flags" that can signify future problems in a marriage. These signs can indicate that a marriage is heading into murky or choppy waters and can be subtle occurring over time. In their experience of working with thousands of couples, marriages and relationships, these "yellow flags" develop due to extraneous factors, life transitions and life stressors, and are not malicious in nature. The 3 Yellow Flags in a marriage are: Lack of Quality Time Not sleeping in the same bed Lacking a Common Vision Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
26:55 7/15/19
09: Care & Feeding of a Relationship: Bob & Deb
BOB & DEB'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview Bob & Deb about the yellow flags, or warning signs, that occurred in their previous marriages and how they learned through Couples Synergy not to repeat the same mistakes in their relationship together. They affectionately refer to these efforts as the care and feeding of a relationship. They discuss how they went from toxic relationships to creating the relationship they've always dreamed of with the partner they fell in love with. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
84:15 7/18/19
10: What if Your Partner Cheats?
HOW TO RECOVER FROM AN AFFAIR: Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationship experts discuss infidelity and what each partner in the relationship should and shouldn't do. They talk about the importance of couples therapy and the considerations each partner in the relationship need to prioritize in order to heal the trauma. According to Wendy Wang, director of research at the Institute for Family Studies, in the article, Who Cheats More? The Demographics of Infidelity in America "men are more likely than women to cheat: 20% of men and 13% of women reported that they’ve had sex with someone other than their spouse while married" statistics from General Social Survey(GSS) 2010-2016 Dr. Ray & Jean discuss: Why a person would cheat and how to define cheating What does it mean if a couple "does everything right" when recovering from infidelity Patterns they see when a couple comes in after an affair has occurred in their marriage Minimum 6 months recovery time post affair Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
30:50 7/22/19
11: Surviving an Affair - Jim & Vera
JIM & VERA'S STORY: Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationship experts, interview Jim & Vera about an affair that occurred in their marriage and how Couples Synergy helped them recover from the trauma and pain it caused. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
56:59 7/25/19
12: Infertility & Its Impact on Marriage
HOW INFERTILITY CAN NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUR MARRIAGE: Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationship experts discuss the negative impact that infertility can have on a married couple & what couples struggling through this can do to improve their relationship. Infertility statistics quoted from: "12 Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Know About Infertility", by Sahaj Kohli 60 percent of couples will conceive without medical assistance, one in eight couples are struggling with infertility issues. 7.4 Million women between 15-44 in the United States have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. The average cost of a single cycle of IVF in the United States is $12,400 20 percent of infertility cases have no identifiably known cause. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
18:19 7/29/19
13: Our Journey Through Infertility & Adoption - Erica & Brian
INTERVIEW WITH ERICA & BRIAN: Dr. Ray & Jean, couples therapy & relationship experts, interview Erica & Brian about their journey through infertility & adoption, the ups, the downs, the challenges & the joyful events they faced and how all of it impacted their relationship & marriage. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
58:19 8/1/19
14: Are You the White Sheep of the Family?
WHITE SHEEP OF THE FAMILY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr Ray & Jean talk about their concept of the "white sheep of the family" and how that role corresponds with Murray Bowen's theory of Differentiation. Each generation "levels up" from the previous one, however doesn't differentiate very much, except for outliers, or the white sheep of the family. This member of the family often grows far beyond their family in many different areas of life whether it is career, education, financial success, emotional or intellectual intelligence. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
38:13 8/5/19
15: Breaking the Family Curse - Luke & Ashley
LUKE & ASHLEY'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview Luke & Ashley about how they both came from two different family backgrounds and found love in each other. Luke & Ashley talk about how differences in religious beliefs & family history were challenges early on in their relationship and how Luke wanted to "break the family curse" of divorce. To reach Ashley for personal training, you can email her at: info.ashleykfitness@gmail.com Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
61:56 8/8/19
16: Trends in Marriage Today & Commitment Issues
MARRIAGE TRENDS & COMMITMENT ISSUES: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr Ray & Jean talk about some of the current marriage trends in society, cohabitation & why couples have commitment fears. Statistics about generational trends and 10 reasons why millennials shy away from commitment quoted from the article: Why Most Millennials Want A Relationship But Not Commitment? By Mihaela Olaru 10 Reasons Why Millennials Run Away From Commitment: Lack of a solid economic foundation Selfishness Wide Acceptance of Pre-marital Sex Sexual Inactivity Favoring More Options Taking Things Slow Fear of Divorce Lack of Trust Lack of Religious and Social Constraints Shallow Relationships Sliding vs Deciding in Relationships by Jesse Owen,* Galena K. Rhoades, and Scott M. Stanley Couples Synergy Phases of Relationships: Romance Commitment Transition Real Love Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
32:27 8/12/19
17: Fear of Commitment - Scott & Tanya
SCOTT & TANYA'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr Ray & Jean talk with Scott & Tanya about their relationship and how a fear of commitment impacted moving forward in their lives together. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
60:04 8/15/19
18: Gay Relationships in Couples Therapy
GAY RELATIONSHIPS IN COUPLES THERAPY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr Ray & Jean discuss observations they have had conducting couples therapy with gay couples. They discuss the concept of "gender energy" and how this becomes prominent when working with gay couples. Citations made of the following authors: Way of the Superior Man by David Deida Morning & Afternoon of Life, a Carl Jung concept discussed by Wayne Dyer in the Shift Five A's, by David Richo: Affection Attention Acceptance Appreciation Allowing to become Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
38:02 8/19/19
19: Gay & Engaged - Ronnie & Trey
RONNIE & TREY'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr Ray & Jean interview Ronnie & Trey about their relationship, coming out and reactions they have received from others about being gay. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
44:38 8/22/19
20: Overcoming Anxiety in Dating
ANXIETY IN DATING: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean are interviewed by Angela Zender, host of Butterflies in My Stomach Podcast about how anxiety impacts dating in today's society. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com  
39:45 8/26/19
21: Single Women Talk About Dating - Betsy & Rachel
TWO SINGLE WOMEN FROM DIFFERENT GENERATIONS TALK ABOUT DATING: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, interview a panel of two women from two different generations about their experiences with dating in today's world. They talk about topics such as online dating, expectations on the first date, how dating has changed over the years, and what they are looking for in a partner. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
72:22 8/29/19
22: Single Men Talk About Dating - Eddie, Dan & Kyle
THREE SINGLE MEN FROM DIFFERENT GENERATIONS TALK ABOUT DATING: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, interview three single men about their experiences with dating in today's world. They talk about topics such as how dating has changed over the years, how dating online or dating apps have impacted dating, and what they are looking for in a relationship. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
60:31 8/29/19
23: The 4 Red Flags in a Relationship
FOUR RED FLAGS IN RELATIONSHIPS: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, speak about four red flags that indicate you are in a toxic relationship. Addiction, Abuse, Infidelity & Contempt can all indicate that you are in a toxic relationship that needs to be addressed right away. If you are in need of help for an addiction, please contact SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) In the case of an abusive relationship, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
31:02 9/2/19
24: We Made it to the Brink & Back - Daren & Caryn, feat. Mike & Beth
DAREN & CARYN'S STORY, ALSO FEATURING MIKE & BETH'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview first Daren & Caryn about all the trials and Red Flags they endured in their relationship & how they survived, & then interview Mike & Beth about how they faced a miscarriage together. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
121:04 9/5/19
25: Is Fighting Healthy or Unhealthy in a Relationship?
WHEN YOU ARGUE WITH YOUR PARTNER, IS IT HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY?: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, discuss the elements of conflict in relationships and what couples should be aware of when they are fighting. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
36:10 9/9/19
26: The Balancing Act Between a Warrior & a Hippie - Aaron & Monya
AARON & MONYA'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, interview stunt performer & aerialist, Aaron & Monya about their very different upbringings, how they found each other and how they make it work in their relationship together, especially when dealing with conflict. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
82:09 9/12/19
27: Why You Shouldn't Compromise in Your Relationship
COMPROMISE ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK IT IS: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean discuss what the word compromise means to most couples and what it should really mean in a healthy relationship. Couples need to take the time to understand each other in order to truly meet each other's needs. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
37:39 9/16/19
28: Bridging the Gap Between Our Differences - Ben & Kristen
BEN & KRISTEN'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean interview Ben & Kristen about the challenging differences that existed between the two of them in their relationship including cultural & religious differences and how they dealt with them. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
66:08 9/19/19
29: Do Opposites Attract? Or is it Like Attracts Like?
OPPOSITES ATTRACT OR LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE?: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean talk about whether "opposites attract" or if it is actually that certain similarities in people attract each other, otherwise known as "like attracts like", and the role that differences play in relationships. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
33:49 9/23/19
30: Our Age Difference Made Us Better Together - Angela & Chuck
ANGELA & CHUCK'S STORY: Couples therapy & relationship experts, Dr. Ray & Jean, interview Angela & Chuck about how their relationship developed and how their age difference was a positive factor in their relationship. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us a comment and review. If you have questions, topic suggestions or would like to be considered as guests, email us at contact@couplessynergy.com. For more information about Couples Synergy, look us up online at Couplessynergy.com
73:02 9/26/19

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