Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Do you try to fix or control one another? Do you feel distant and/or disconnected? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Do either of you seem to always have to be right? Are conflicts directly resolved or do they go unresolved? Do you trust each other or has trust been broken?
Research shows that couples tend to seek professional help from a qualified therapist after seven to eight years of fights, unresolved conflicts, lack of intimacy, and/or other challenges. Healthy relationships are characterized by common attitudes and behaviors that protect the relationship and creates safe environment where intimacy flourishes. The difficulties your marriage or relationship is facing can be an opportunity to turn things around.
Couples therapy is often a wise first step toward a healthier and happier relationship. Caring and effective counseling from a qualified relationship therapist may help save your marriage.
Dr. Baya Mebarek, Psy.D., LMFT