Celebs and Couples Therapy
In an article that appeared on Yahoo News recently actress Kristen Bell talked about her beliefs and experiences regarding couples and marriage therapy. See the a portion of the article posted below:
Kristen Bell believes “therapy is not something to be embarrassed about”.
The Veronica Mars actress has been married to fellow actor Dax Shepard for a year and a half, and together they have two children. She says the key to maintaining a happy relationship is being open to assistance from a third party.
“You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don’t figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about,” Kristen, 34, told American magazine Good Housekeeping.
“I don’t mind advertising a healthy marriage. I’m trying, just like everyone else.”
Wow! What a great perspective on couples therapy. I wish more people had this view of seeing couples therapy as preventative. I wish there was less of a stigma in our culture surrounding couples therapy and therapy in general. Being in couples therapy is not a sign of weakness or even an indicator that a relationship is doomed.
Kristen Bell’s comparison of couples therapy to hiring a professional trainer shows that we all need a “coach” to help us grow. A personal trainer helps you to know how to work out, eat well, and to live a healthy life. In the same way, a marriage or couples therapist helps you to learn how to communicate, connect, resolve conflict, and simply be happy. I mean who does not want to be happy in life, right? The reality is the quality of our relationships has a huge bearing on the happiness we experience.
Celebs and couples therapy are often two terms we hear paired together. It is usually not a good sign and means the relationship is in trouble. However, it does not have to be this way. I hope more of us will take a page out of Bell’s book. It is sound advice: Don’t wait until your marriage is at risk. Be proactive and even if it is once every few months meet with a solid marriage counselor who can help you continue to grow. It takes a lifetime and commitment to really get to know someone on the deepest and most intimate level. This is one time where I wholeheartedly agree with a celeb. You should too!
By the way, if you want to visit the article in its entirety on Yahoo News then please click here. And if you want to visit Crossroads Counseling couples therapy page to learn more about how we can help you click here.