February 1, 2018 | By: Carl Nathe

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the University of Kentucky Family Center will offer its fourth annual Relationship Checkup. These checkups are offered to couples living in the Lexington area and are open to married couples, dating couples, engaged couples and same-sex couples.

The checkups are free and will be offered from Friday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 17. Appointments can be made by calling the Family Center’s office at 859-257-7755, by visiting their website or via email at ukfamilycenter@uky.edu. Checkups will be held in the Family Center Clinic on the second floor of Scovell Hall.

The relationship checkups give couples the opportunity to discover their strengths and problem areas in their relationship. Along with helping to gain these insights, therapists offer strategies to improve the relationship by using these strengths.

“We try to be positive and strength based,” said Ron Werner-Wilson, chair of the Department of Family Sciences, part of the School of Human Environmental Sciences within the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “A relationship checkup is a little like going to the dentist or eye doctor regularly.”

Just like you consult with doctors about your health and coaches about your performances, relationship checkups offer couples advice toward a healthy, improved relationship.

The UK Family Center offers couple, family and individual therapy addressing a variety of needs other than relationship issues. The center can help with stress and anxiety, child therapy, family stress and transition, bullying, death, and transitions into grandparent care. Child and family therapy sessions at the center use play as the modality.

The Family Center addresses the needs of citizens in the broader community, yet also offers services to university faculty and staff members. The center has a contract with the university, called the REFER program, which provides faculty and staff with five free therapy sessions in the Family Center.

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Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200, carl.nathe@uky.edu