One of the most prominent sources of emotional distress is relationship conflict.
There is a direct correlation between anxiety, depression and addiction issues, and relationship stress (Lebow & Snyder, 2022).
It is no wonder that couples therapy has become increasingly popular. But what is interesting, is that cultural views of marriage and long-term relationships have shifted, making couples’ therapy more valuable than ever.
Couples have higher expectations of relationships in the 20th century and look to couples counseling for interpersonal happiness, sexual satisfaction, gender roles, and better friendships within marriage (Doherty, 2020).
Since couples therapy has evolved into a widely practiced form of psychotherapy, we take our magnifying glass to it and share insights into how it works, common techniques, exercises, and even training opportunities if you’d like to learn more.
Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Positive Relationships Exercises for free. These detailed, science-based exercises will help you or your clients build healthy, life-enriching relationships.