15 Celeb Marriages That May Have Been Saved by Couples Therapy

Liz Alterman | May 18, 2017 Celebrities
15 Celeb Marriages That May Have Been Saved by Couples Therapy
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Kristen Bell Kristen Cavallari Jay Cutler Dax Shepar
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with admitting when you could benefit from a little help. Even with fortune, fame, and fabulous good looks, many celebrity couples haven't been too proud to seek counseling -- some admittedly and some reportedly -- to keep their relationships on track. 

A neutral person who can listen as each party expresses his or her feelings can offer clarity and perspective. Several of these star couples actually credit counseling with helping them reunite after some challenging times. Good for them!

  • Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell

    Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
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    Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been completely open about how much therapy has helped their marriage. In 2015, the Frozen star told Good Housekeeping

    "We're the Paula Abdul video 'Opposites Attract' personified. I thought I had this life thing down pat when I met Dax. I didn't realize that I needed a much bigger toolbox to have confrontations and disagreements with people," she told the mag, adding, "You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don't figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about."


  • Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
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    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, parents of adorable twins Harper and Gideon, have kept their marriage on track by going to therapy. Burtka told Life & Style: 

    "Not that there's anything wrong, but it's nice to sort of just talk to someone who is a mediator. That's helped our relationship."

  • Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have had their share of turmoil over the past year. But, although rumors of their seeking therapy together now have been debunked, it turns out the power couple may have sought out counseling before they even tied the knot. Reportedly the pair sought help to cope with the stress of becoming parents. Who could blame them? 

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  • Will & Jada Pinkett Smith

    Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
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    Together for two decades, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith haven't always seen eye to eye. But one thing they do agree on: the benefit of couples' counseling. Smith told the Sun:

    "When the truth comes out and people have to say who they are and what they think, you get to know who they are. I think that's the cleansing before you get to the other side that is understanding and moving forward in our relationship."

  • Ashley & JP Rosenbaum

    Ashley & JP Rosenbaum
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    The parents of two, who met on The Bachelorette, decided to go public with their recent challenges. While everything was initially coming up roses, the pair appeared on Marriage Boot Camp to get a little help keeping their relationship a priority while meeting the demands of parenthood. 

  • Jillian & Patrick Dempsey

    Jillian & Patrick Dempsey
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    This duo seemed to be on the brink of divorce. Thankfully, Jillian and Patrick Dempsey, parents of three, were able to rebuild their marriage with a little help from counseling, something the Grey's Anatomy heartthrob called "very important."

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  • Beyonce & Jay Z

    Beyonce & Jay Z

    Listening to Bey's lyrics, it seems like this star couple would have plenty to discuss with a counselor. While they've never said anything, a source told the Daily Mirror that the famous duo, who will welcome twins any minute, have gotten help for their relationship for years, even while on tour. 

    "They have known their therapist for a long time and try to have weekly sessions just to keep communication open and make sure there are no misunderstandings," the source stated.

    Given the demands of their careers, that totally makes sense! 

  • Josh Duhamel & Fergie

    Josh Duhamel and Fergie
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    Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and her hubby, actor Josh Duhamel, have been attending regular therapy sessions. The songstress told Allure her man is "not afraid" to seek help, adding, "He doesn't feel like he's not man enough." 

  • Pink & Carey Hart

    Pink and Carey Hart
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    We all remember when Pink and Carey Hart broke up. Fortunately, the rocker and her motocross man found their way back to each other and are now parents of two -- and they credit counseling for helping them get to a better place.

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  • Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler

    Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
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    This reality star and the football player have pursued counseling to keep their marriage strong. Kristin Cavallari told Steve Harvey that therapy has made all the difference in her relationship with hubby, Jay Cutler. 

    "I think it's important for people to know that there's no such thing as a perfect relationship, you know? We work on it. It's true. We love each other and we want to make it work, but I 100 percent credit our therapist for saving our relationship. We've come so far being in therapy both individually and together as a couple, that it's been incredibly beneficial," she said.

  • Tyler Baltierra & Catelynn Lowell


    Childhood sweethearts and stars of MTV's Teen Mom Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell appeared on VH1's Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn. It seemed to have done the trick, as the young parents went on to marry and welcome another child together.

  • Benji Madden & Cameron Diaz

    Benji Madden & Cameron Diaz
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    Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz have only been married since 2015 but the pair reportedly have sought therapy as a "preventative measure." If true, that's a smart way to eliminate potential problems before they arise.

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  • Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson

    Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
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    Parents of adorable Max and Ace, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson reportedly have visited a counselor to help them keep the lines of communication open. That's always a good idea.  

  • Prince William & Kate Middleton

    Prince William and Kate Middleton
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    Even royal couples need a little help apparently. According to a new report, Kate Middleton and Prince William are in counseling. What's the reason? Supposedly, the pair needs a bit of help after Prince William was photographed partying with a group of girls during a recent boys' trip, causing a strain between the parents of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    Of course, it makes sense that the couple would be open to receiving help. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with Prince Harry, started the Heads Together campaign aimed at removing the stigma of seeking therapy. Harry recently opened up about how counseling helped him process his mother's death as his life devolved into chaos in his late 20s for not properly dealing with his emotions. 

  • Amy Duggar & Dillon King


    Former 19 Kids and Counting star Amy Duggar appeared on Marriage Boot Camp with her hubby Dillon King, whom she wed in September 2015. The pair has battled over shared domestic responsibilities in the past, but seem to have come out of the intense therapy experience stronger than ever. 

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