Dr. Bing has been a marriage therapist in the Ames and Des Moines area for over 23 years. He began the Thriving Couples Blog to help couples to not just to survive their marriage but to thriving in their marriage. For over 10 years, Bing has written hundreds of articles about relationships, commitment, communcation, building trust, dating, sex, and what it takes to have a wonderful and fullfilling marriage.
Dr. Bing doesn’t hold back though. He is a big defender of taking responsibility for your own life and to not use the victim card as a way to justify treating your spouse unkindly. Having a thriving marriage is going to be hard work, but it is meaningful hard work and is worth it in the long run. So, take some time to read through the many articles throughout this site.
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This is another blog in a series from old things I’m finding cleaning out files…past due, no doubt (click Here for the others). The quote below is left over from my dissertation back in my Ph.D. studies at Iowa State in the 1990’s! YIKES! In any case . . .read more
All he does is play video games. All she does is nag. Learn how to break the pattern and how Dr. Bing can help you thriving in your marriage.read more
The number one complaint women bring to therapy is “My husband won’t talk to me.” I wouldn’t be surprised if the second complaint is, “I can’t say anything to him without him taking it personal and getting mad or shutting down.”read more
Fighting is certainly no way to live. It wears people out. And we’ve all heard the argument, “It’s better to divorce than fight in front of the kids all the time.” Careful. Divorce seems like the easy solution, but it creates a whole new . . .read more
Yeah, I work with married people, but I see a lot of formerly married people and a bunch of people who are thinking of marriage and many many single people about all kinds of things. Maybe my title is “Marriage Therapist.”read more
The reason I’m thinking of this topic is because I recently checked the articles on Christianity Today and discovered that Bill Gothard (79), the founder of the Institutes of Basic Life Principles . . .read more
Dr. Bing seeks to reduce the fears of cohabiting couples about marital therapy.read more
Dr. Bing explains trust violations are hard for couples to handle alone, but with some outside guidance and gentle nudging many couples can heal and even thrive after an affair.read more
This certainly isn’t the reason I went into marital therapy…to see couples break up. It turns out I’m not a miracle worker. Some folk come to see me too late to save things. It’s a pretty crazy time . . .read more
Dr. Bing explains why building trust is so difficult, but encourages that it can be done.read more