We have three counselors in our family, so relationship books and therapists' opinions on marriage is very common in our house. But for most of the world, there is still a stigma around mental health issues, including counseling, even though it is the best thing you can do for your marriage.
"For many people, couples therapy can provide the type of safe, collaborative space needed to reconnect and facilitate effective communication. You’ll then be able to take those learned techniques with you beyond your time in therapy to build upon the foundation that you re-established together," Olavarria says. "It is possible to restore that sense of intimacy and safety that you’re missing; and no matter what, you’ll be happy that you made the genuine effort to strengthen your marriage."
Plus, therapists are experts so you'll likely fast-track your relationship's recovery when you commit to counseling. "Whether you’re noticing the beginning warning signs that there may be issues in the marriage or you have felt distant for some time, investing in couples therapy will often allow you to move towards repair much more quickly due to the therapist’s ability to facilitate healthy communication in a safe, neutral space," Olavarria says.