Which therapy is best for relationship problems?

There are multiple types of therapy that can be useful for addressing relationship problems. The best option for you will be determined by the issues you’re facing in your relationship, and you and your partner’s preferences. Three common types of therapy couples can consider are:

1. Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Developed by husband and wife psychologists John and Julie Gottman, the Gottman Method is based on 40 years of scientific research focused on behavioral patterns in successful and unsuccessful relationships.

2. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT was first developed as a form of individual therapy to help address difficulties such as anxiety and depression. It is based on the idea that because your thoughts impact your behavior, reframing how you think of situations can help you to better cope with them. CBT for couples applies this concept to issues affecting relationships.

3. Discernment counseling: Created in 2008 for couples struggling to resolve a disagreement, discernment counseling can be especially useful for those struggling to see eye-to-eye on a decision they are making together. Couples who disagree about parenting or financial decisions, or even whether to continue pursuing their relationship, may find discernment counseling helpful.

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