How to have an Awesome Relationship at any age or phase with Dr. Karen


[Episode 102 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Dr. Karen is enthusiastic about fostering amazing relationships in couples of ANY age or stage! This episode is for you if you’re looking for relationship inspiration or wondering what to look for if you want to be in a relationship. On the Intentional Clinician podcast, Dr. Karen and Paul Krauss, MA, LPC, had a stimulating conversation.

Many issues relating to relationships were covered in this episode: the most common error couples make and how to avoid it, What is the most frequent difficulty that long-term spouses encounter? Is there a secret to keeping a happy couple together who do so out of choice rather than obligation? Describe closeness. Why is lying so widespread? Why do gray divorces occur and what causes them? Should there be no boundaries in a relationship between a couple or are boundaries necessary to demonstrate your love? The best tips for a new couples as well as  those who have been together for a long time

Dr. Karen (FKA: Dr. Karen Ruskin), is a Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a nationally renowned human behavior, mental health and relationship expert providing individual, couples and family counseling for 30 years. Dr. Karen often appears on national and local television programs as a mental health and relationship expert including: The Doctors, Dr. Oz Show, FOX News, CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, Good Morning Arizona, Discovery Network, Lifetime, MTV, and more… She is the relationship expert for a new documentary discussing relationship dynamics and couples violence to be aired this Spring. Dr. Karen is sought out nation-wide for her expertise in helping couples. Dr. Karen specializes in creating concrete solution strategies to help her clientele feel empowered and move forward. Dr. Karen provides relationship coaching and life coaching as well as parenting strategy advisement. Upon relocating from back East, she moved across the country a few years ago and is currently based in Scottsdale Arizona, where she meets with clientele in person at the park allowing clients to feel free to express without the confines of the four walls, as well as in her Scottsdale office, and remotely nation-wide. Dr. Karen is known for her compassionate energy and skill, engaging in action-oriented sessions, and offering a safe space for clients to feel heard and understand one’s thoughts and feelings, and is result oriented. Additionally, Dr. Karen specializes in providing therapy for therapists. Dr. Karen is the author of three books, including a marriage manual that provides the top must do’s and the top don’ts for a successful, happy and fulfilling long term relationship and/or marriage. And her mental health book where each page is an inspirational statement from Dr. Karen to the reader called: 10 Seconds to mental health.


Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” from What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye (Spotify)

“It Takes Two” from Take Two by Marvin Gaye (Spotify)

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