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Couples therapy can be daunting, but “the choice to ask for help is a triumph of strength,” writes Psychology Today blogger Holly Parker, Ph.D. In her latest post, she challenges three myths about couples therapy:
1. “Divorce or a break up must be on the horizon…” Some couples are on the verge of splitting when they go to therapy. But research has shown that many couples go to therapy in order to handle conflict better, to restore their physical or emotional bond, to increase their closeness, address issues with their children, or to maintain the strengths in their relationship.
2. “I’m just going to get blamed and verbally attacked…” A well-trained therapist may disagree with your choices or ask you to make some changes, but will also make you feel heard and supported.
3. “We should be able to fix the relationship on our own…” Not all relationship dynamics are clear and evident, especially for the people who are inside the relationship, so sometimes what seems to be the problem isn’t the actual problem. A couples therapist, someone who has a view from outside the relationship, can help couples see their relationship from a different perspective and interact in a new way.
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