03/09/2012 06:36 am ET Updated May 09, 2012

6 Tips For A Healthy, Committed Relationship

Over the many years of treating couples in my private practice, I have used six behavioral directives that help committed relationships last. These directives are of course only effective when both partners are honestly dedicated to the relationship and are willing to change and grow together.

Remember, all couples come to therapy with good intentions. They all desperately want to improve their relationships and make them last. But the only way that happens is when each partner agrees to change their behavior. No behavior change, no growth. No growth means the relationship will suffer over time.

Here are the six tips:

6 Tips for a Healthy, Committed Relationship

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