It’s perfectly normal for couples with problems to feel trapped in their relationships. However, the situation is made worse by the existence of myths which wrongly paint the success rates of couples therapy and counseling. The major problem affecting couples in dysfunctional relationships is they wait until it’s too late to seek professional help and guidance.
This reduces couples therapy into a dispute resolution session rather than a constructive process aimed at reuniting and fostering a healthy relationship between the couples.
The best perspective couples should have when seeking counseling is to look at their relationship as the client and not their individual personalities. That’s because many couples, particularly the men, view couples therapy as a platform where their relationship weaknesses are exposed and therefore don’t want to participate. For that reason, the partner initiating the counseling process needs to be sincere and non-judgmental in his or her approach and this can potentially affect the other spouse in a positive way.