Troubles in relationships occur - it's a reality of life. But you don't need to be struggling in your relationship to seek couples counseling.
According to Dr. John Gottman, a relationship and marriage expert, couples wait up to six years after problems start to see a counselor. During that time, anger, resentment, and a breakdown in communication begins to develop, even when we think we've been able to put things behind us. Those who are struggling are wise to seek out professional help early on.
Couples counseling is intended to help each person to understand and resolve conflicts and improve communication with one another.
While 79% of males think their partner would be open to couples therapy, only 66% of women think their partner would go. However, studies have shown that 52% of people who have never tried marriage counseling say they would consider attending.
If you’re nervous about how to approach the topic with your spouse, set up the conversation in a way that isn’t putting anyone on the defensive. Instead, share your desire to learn about tools that could benefit the health of your relationship.
You don’t need to navigate life’s problems and stressors on your own. Michigan Anxiety and Depression Services is here to support you.
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