Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Go to Couples Therapy So They Can Argue Better

dax shepard kristen bellBlame pride, bruised egos, or the mere fact that we all think our friends' marriages are picture perfect (well, at least they appear to be on Facebook), but just about no one is shouting it from the rooftops that they're going to couples therapy with their spouse. Except for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard!


You know them from Dax's former series Parenthood (RIP), Kristen's hit Veronica Mars, and that ridiculously adorable Samsung holiday commercial they did last year. And while they may look like the most freakin' perfect Hollywood parents (you know, outside of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher), it's not always smooth sailing for the lovebirds.

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Kristen and Dax recently admitted to Good Housekeeping that they're in therapy -- and, get this, they have been for the better part of their seven-year relationship. Dax explains:

There were hurdles, things she didn't trust about me, things I didn't trust about her. I just kept going back to 'this person has the thing I want, and I have to figure out how we can exist peacefully.' So we started [seeing a therapist together] right away.

It paid off. The couple says they know how to better navigate the choppy waters every marriage enounters, thanks to their sessions. Kristen shares:

The way Dax and I argue now — and we argue a lot; we disagree on almost everything! — is so healthy. 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.

Bravo to that! We tend to associate a couple seeking professional support with their relationship being on the rocks, but why? Do you have to be sick before you see a doctor? Or lost before you pull out your GPS? No way! Depending on your religion, you may have to do premarital counseling as a part of your wedding prep, which makes so much sense. It's proactive instead of reactive.

Being that there's so much handwringing these days over Millennials not putting in the work to make their marriages last, there's no better time for Kristen and Dax to call attention to their pragmatic strategy. They say that by talking about it, they aim to take the taboo out of marriage therapy and prove it's not necessarily a solution to a marital crisis. Instead, going early and regularly could keep you out of ever having an crisis in the first place.

How do you feel about marriage therapy? If you've gone, are you embarrassed to admit it?


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