When we talk about money with our partners, we are communicating beyond the subject of money – we are actually communicating about our needs, desires, dreams, fear, guilt, trust, security, power, our perceived place in the relationship, our sense of personal success and value. When all of this is underlying the discussion of money, it is easy to see why so much emotion, anger and frustration can surface when trying to work through financial issues with one another. Money can be activate many sensitivities and needs to be handled with this understanding. Often when we discuss money matters, it can stimulate something personal and we each have a responsibility to recognize these personal triggers and handle them independently. If that doesn’t happen, money can become the forum upon which many other relationship and personal issues are addressed. The transformative counseling process helps develop the ability to deal with financial issues easily and smoothly. The experience of open, safe and responsible conversations about money can create inspired commitment and stimulate shared inspirations, new directions and new possibilities.