The key to a happy marriage? Knowing when you need a little professional help to keep things on the right track. These celebrity couples weren’t afraid to seek therapy when they needed to fine tune their marriages, and more importantly, were open enough to share their experiences.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
The parents of Lincoln and Delta have been married since 2013, and have been in couple’s therapy just as long. Kristen shared that when she and her husband are struggling, they seek professional help to work through their issues. "We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories," she explained. Dax has also talked openly about therapy, also telling Good Housekeeping that it’s something that should be done at the start of a relationship. “In my previous relationship, we went to couples' therapy at the end, and that's often too late,” he shared.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith
Will and Jada have been married for 20 years, and admit there’s no way their marriage would have survived without counsel. “What happens in a marriage once you do counseling, the truth comes out,” Will revealed in an interview with the UK's The Sun. Will confessed that it led to a “dark moment” in their marriage. “You look at each other and you can’t imagine you could ever possibly love each other again now the truth is out.” But then revealed it was the dark before the dawn. “When the truth comes out and people have to say who they are and what they think, you get to know who they are,” Will and Jada have also done individual counseling as well.
Pink and Carey Hart
Pink was ready to blow last kiss when she and her race driver husband Carey Hart went their separate ways in 2008. The couple even filed for divorce. The two decided to give marriage counseling a try – and it saved their union. Pink revealed to Redbook that since going to therapy, "We fight nicer. There is no yelling in front of [daughter] Willow, ever. We can argue, just no yelling. We are couples-therapy people. We do it for maintenance, not problems." Pink says they learned to give 100 percent to their marriage – and it’s worked. Son Jameson Moon came into the family last December and they family just celebrated 11 years of marriage this past January.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Back in 2015, Fergie revealed not only does she and her actor husband go to couple’s therapy, there’s no shame in his help game. "He doesn't feel like he's not man enough" for therapeutic help she told Allure magazine, adding that they go regularly and embrace the sessions. They’ve also implemented a two-week rule, which makes sure they are never apart for more than 14 days.
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
The former Laguna Beach star and mother of three has been candid about how marriage counseling actually saved her union to former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. "We don't have a perfect relationship. You know, we work on it. We're in therapy," she told Sirius XM's Wake Up With Taylor back in March 2016. “It's the best. And I think it's so good for each person individually as well.” Kristin says counseling revealed how she reacted to certain issues and helped the couple improve their communication with one another. “I 100 percent credit our therapist," she declared.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Not only did Tori and Dean reveal they were in couple’s therapy – they did it on national TV. After learning her husband had cheated on her in 2013, the couple brought their marital problems to the reality series True Tori in 2014. During one infamous session, Dean broke down into tears and called himself a “disgusting piece of s***'.” Tori retorted that she felt like she was the one who had done something wrong. Tapping into both their insecurities, their therapist encouraged them to write letters to each other and confess their emotions.
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