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Dr. Smerling was recently quoted in a piece about ways you can make your first vacation as a married couple more enjoyable on Bustle.com. She’s quoted as saying:

Going on vacation as a couple can be a thrilling opportunity. Not only that, it’s a great way to show you’re making an effort — to really block out some quality bonding time. “If you’re no longer making an effort or if there’s a lack of interest in an attempt to find quality time together, it could be a potential sign of trouble in the relationship,” Dr. Kathryn Smerling, New York City based psychotherapist, tells Bustle. “If you’re becoming irrelevant to each other, the relationship is not worth finding time for. But if you find you’re still trying to make it work and squeeze couple time into your busy schedules, there are ways to get creative and squeeze in date time without compromising each other’s commitments and obligations.” Going away together is a great way of saying, “I’m making it a priority to spend time with you.”

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