WATCH: ‘Til Death, or Divorce? The Likelihood of Martin and Gina Lasting | Episode 10

Divorce? Martin’s self-imposed exile convinced one therapist that he had the burning desire to improve his character and make his marriage work.

By Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

This is Part 5 of a 6-part analysis of Martin and Gina’s relationship.

The therapists are split over the issue of divorce. They all bring years and years of experience into their analysis of what makes relationships work, and what doesn’t. Rosario candidly explains why she believes Martin and Gina’s relationship wouldn’t last.

She argues that at the core, Martin has way too many insecurities about his capabilities as a man, and being in a relationship with a woman who—on paper—is seemingly more capable than he is, might ultimately fracture the union. Fay on the other hand, found that Martin’s self-imposed exile showed a depth to his character that she found to be demonstrative of a resilience, which is something that makes for long-lasting, healthy marriages.

Experts Featured:

(1) Laurel Fay, M.S., LCMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Laurel Fay & Associates, LLC. Ms. Fay has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, and a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is also an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).Ms. Fay is specially trained to work with couples, particularly around marital, communication and intimacy issues. Fay has given workshops on couple and family relationships for several organizations, including the Pro Bono Counseling Project; she is also a business coach for private practitioners, and is a frequent presenter on the topic of starting and growing a practice. She is the current President of the Middle Atlantic Division of the AAMFT, and she has been in private practice since 2001. Follow Laurel on Twitter at @laurelfay

(2) Sylvia E. Rosario, M.Ed, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of her private practice based in Washington D.C. as a practicing psychotherapist and specialist in Marriage and Family therapy. She is committed to working with individuals, couples and families who are seeking to enhance and improve the quality of their lives. Mrs. Rosario was appointed to the District of Columbia, Board of Marriage and Family Therapy on December 7, 2012 , her term to expire January 3, 2015. You can learn more about her here.

(3) Dr. Krystal Stanley, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist and owner of Re-New Psychological Services, LLC, based in Washington D.C. Dr. Stanley provides individual, couples, and group therapy to adults and has experience working with clients in university counseling centers, community mental health centers, public and charter schools, and non-profit/community based counseling centers. Dr. Stanley also provides clinical supervision to the therapists at Re-New who are pursuing licensure in their respective fields of study. Follow Dr. Stanley on Twitter at @ReNewPsych Like Lectures to Beats on Facebook. Follow L2B on Twitter.

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