First Comes Love

Scheduled for Release in Fall 2018!

First Comes Love by Joyce Marter, LCPC, provides practical solutions for strengthening the partnership that is the foundation of the family. Case examples are drawn from Marter's 20+ years of experience conducting Pre & Post Baby Couples Counseling at her counseling practice, Urban Balance. She also draws on her own personal experiences as a mother of two children.

Is Your Relationship Ready For A Baby?

First Comes Love focuses helping new parents navigate the common relationship challenges that accompany early parenthood.

Quoted In:

  • The Wall Street Journal

    "People spend more time decorating the nursery than preparing the relationship for the arrival of a baby."
  • Sunday Magazine

    “We prepare them for how it’s going to impact their life or their lifestyle. What it’s going to look like – less leisure, lack of sleep,” says Urban Balance therapist Joyce Marter. “It’s about reducing the negative impact. We’re not going to get rid of stress, but we help make it as positive as possible.”
  • Parents Magazine

    "Parents commonly argue over whose way is right, because both partners are adjusting to their new roles and responsibilities," says Joyce Marter, owner of Urban Balance LLC, a multi-site psychotherapy practice in Chicago. "Many men feel left out, especially if the mother acts as the baby's primary caregiver. New moms often feel as if their husbands are ill-informed or less experienced, and so they become critical to maintain the routine that they believe works."


With a passion for applying psychology to business and relationships, Joyce Marter is a therapist, business founder, mental health advocate, and nationally know media expert on mental health issues. Marter currently is a blogger for PsychCentral and The Huffington Post. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, and MTV.