Local author Connie Bellemere, MA/LMHC, has just released “Your Marriage: Classic or Clunker,” an unpretentious, practical guide to maintaining and repairing your marriage. Ideal for holiday gift giving, Bellemere’s book is a car care owner’s manual designed to put the spark back in your marriage. It contains clear, specific steps on how to maintain and repair your marriage, keep the chrome polished and the battery charged, and when to seek outside help like a marriage mechanic.
As a marriage counselor for 20 years, Bellemere has used the car care analogy in her practice for years. It is a scenario that men and women can relate to easily, and it avoids the blame game that often occurs when relationships need a tune-up. The book is ideal for couples who want to jump start a new marriage as well as those who want to transform their clunker into a classic.
“Everything you ever wanted to know about marriage, you learned in Driver’s Ed,” says Bellemere. “This book takes those familiar concepts and puts them in simple terms that we can all understand.”
Published by Sound Counseling Press, this 101-page guide includes chapters on road maps, safety, systems, maintenance and repairs, emergencies, responsible driving and more as they relate to marriage. Throughout the book, couples are encouraged to apply Bellemere’s tools to their own relationship in segments called “Look under the Hood.” In the Maintenance and Repairs chapter, for example, Bellemere includes an 11-point inspection for gauging temperature control.
“Unlike other marriage ‘how to’ guides, this one is brief, fun, sexy and effective. The parallels between the care of cars and the nurturing of marriages are undeniable,” Bellemere adds.
To launch her new book “Your Marriage: Classic or Clunker?” Bellemere will be teaching workshops in the area and is also available to speak to groups and organizations interested in learning more about relationships. To find out where Bellemere will be speaking next or to purchase the book, visit SoundCounseling.net or call 206-335-9075.
About Connie Bellemere
With 20 years of counseling experience, Bellemere is affectionately referred to as the “marriage mechanic” by her clients. She is the owner of Sound Counseling, a mental health practice based in Tukwila, Washington. Bellemere is also an award-winning speaker and has served as a technical consultant for a television series with Warner Brothers. She lives in the Puget Sound surrounded by family and friends.