Many people have a negative opinion of couples therapy, but it can be beneficial for couples at any stage of their relationship. Communication, safety, and intimacy are important in every relationship. Improving those areas can significantly increase the value and benefits of relationships.
Research shows that contempt in a relationship is detrimental to physical health. Couples therapy helps to alleviate contemptuous feelings that are so destructive to the body. People with happy relationships tend to live longer and feel successful in life.
If I have to go to couples therapy, my relationship must be over, right?
There are many people that share this belief but it is simply not true. If both partners are willing and open to changing how they communicate within the relationship, progress can be made
Is therapy over if we decide to separate or divorce?
Not necessarily. Therapy can be very beneficial for navigating complex separations because it allows for feelings to be processed and decisions to be made within the relationship so each person has the opportunity to have their needs met.