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Marriage Counseling Myths: “Couples Counseling is for Broken Marriages”
Debunking Marriage Counseling Myths: “Couples Therapy is for Broken Marriages”
Deciding to start marriage counseling might seem like a sign that you and your partner are failing or that you are doomed. There
might be a few reasons why it seems that way. Maybe you view marriage counseling based on how you’ve seen it portrayed in TV or movies. You might picture counseling as two people arguing with a therapist there to referee. Or maybe you believe couples therapy is only for couples on the brink of divorce.
There are many misconceptions that people have about couples therapy. Today, you will learn about why counseling is not just for “broken” marriages. And you will see how therapy can improve your relationship- and your life! (Related article: How to Fix Your Marriage Problems).
It’s Not a Sign That You Are Doomed
Some (incorrectly) believe that marriage counseling is a sign of a failing marriage. (Related Article: Couples Therapy). They may view counseling as a last-ditch effort… Like marriage life support. You might share similar fears, which can make the thought of starting couples counseling terrifying! You might ask yourself, are we doing that bad?
Marriage Counseling Is a Good Thing
Thankfully, the more negative perceptions of the outcomes of couples therapy do not match the current research results. For example, a recent study found that 70% of couples who attend couples counseling together feel that therapy has positively impacted their marriage (Source). And another study found that 90% of couples who participate in marriage therapy see a significant improvement in their own personal mental health (Source).
In fact, many of the negative assumptions that you may have heard about couples therapy are largely due to stigma about why
people look for a couples counselor. Couples from all walks of life, demographics, ages, and experiences seek marriage counseling. In fact, many of the happy couples you know have probably been to couples therapy!
Marriage Counseling Helps You Improve
You don’t have to be in a crisis to seek counseling. You and your spouse can attend therapy to learn communication skills, receive premarital counseling, prepare for a major life change together, or improve your connection. (Related article: How to Make the Most Out of Marriage Counseling).
In fact, you might be surprised to hear that therapy is not just for couples in a crisis. You can even meet with a marriage counselor if you want to improve and strengthen your stable marriage relationship.
Marriage Counseling is for You
Choosing to start counseling with your spouse is a good thing! Your willingness to trust a therapist to help your marriage shows your commitment to the health of your bond as a couple. (Related article: Couples Counseling-Why Waiting Can Hurt)
It’s normal for you to feel nervous about a new experience when it comes to couples therapy. However, you can feel assured that marriage counseling is an effective, worthwhile investment in your marriage and your own mental health. Are you ready to get started? Start couples therapy today in Orem, South Jordan, or Spanish Fork.
Written by Lauren Adkins