Building Financial Intimacy with Your Partner featuring Ed Coambs

Ed Coambs, CFP®, certified financial therapist, and licensed marriage and family therapist, is here to talk about building financial intimacy with your partner.


Are money matters causing tension in your relationship? You’re certainly not alone. Money is often cited as the number one reason for conflict in relationships. It’s a topic that’s fraught with emotion, history, and often, misunderstanding. And that’s where awesome financial professionals like Ed Coambs come in.

Ed is a former firefighter turned Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), certified financial therapist, and licensed marriage and family therapist associate. With over two decades of experience and as the founder of Healthy Love & Money, Ed is an expert in resolving conflicts, managing finances, and fostering emotional intimacy within relationships.

He has some incredible insights to share in today’s show, like how our money messages- those we’ve received from society, family, and our own experiences- shape our financial behaviors today and can lead to a disconnect in how couples manage their finances. Tune in to learn how Ed helps couples strengthen their communication and work on building financial intimacy.


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:


  • 1:44 – Ed’s journey from firefighting to financial services and therapy
  • 10:56 – Ed’s approach to financial planning + your “financial family tree”
  • 17:43 – Some underlying reasons why couples seek the help of a financial therapist
  • 22:11 – Some of Ed’s success stories + how financial goals shift over time
  • 25:59 – The psychological impact of past financial hardships
  • 29:57 – The clients that Ed typically works with + his comprehensive process


Learn a little more about Ed:


Ed is an internationally recognized thought leader in financial therapy who has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Time, and CNBC. He leads couples through therapy from financial despair and frustration into financial intimacy and connection using the latest in love and brain science. He earned his master’s degrees in business, counseling, and financial planning and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified financial planner, and certified financial therapist.


Episode Links:



Ed on Purse Strings:

Healthy Love & Money

Healthy Love & Money Podcast

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