#202: Financial Therapy in Medical Marriages

In this episode, Lara chats with Ed Coambs, a Couples Therapist specializing in Financial Therapy, on how attachment styles, childhood trauma, and more affects our medical marriage, specifically from a financial standpoint.

“One of the things we talked about is that we have different brains with different expectations. And as adults you would think we would think about this on a regular basis. But most couples don’t really think about this as completely as they can. They don’t always recognize just how different each person is in the couple. That you are inevitably going to have differences. And it’s not that you have differences is the problem. It’s how you work through them that matters.” – Ed Coambs

About Ed Coambs, MBA, MA, MS, CFP®, CFT-I™

Ed Coambs, a couples therapist specializing in Financial Therapy, shares how attachment styles and childhood trauma affects our medical marriage from a financial standpoint.Seventeen years ago, Ed was a professional firefighter when he met his wife who was finishing dental school.

Years later he went from firefighter to financial planner (CFP®), to Couples Therapist specializing in Financial Therapy. He loves helping couples untangle hurt, resentment, and shame when it comes to their financial life together. He works from a trauma and attachment psychology perspective to get at the root of the issues for couples.

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