Conflicts over money can be a major issue for couples. Some clients find it too personal to bring up their financial situation with their therapist. And, while financial planners are skilled in money management, they are generally unprepared when family conflict occurs or when emotional issues arise.
It is important to remember that skills in financial management are mostly learned behaviors, strongly influenced by our values and attitudes toward money, which are formed very early in life, predominately from within a family context.
As a marital therapist, I can help you deal with financial crises and work with financial planners. Mostly, however, I facilitate couples sharing their feelings and preferred styles of saving and spending money with a view to encouraging a greater understanding of each others’ “money behavior”.