Yes, love is a splendid thing... until it's not. Sometimes forever is just not in the cards. And often the story should've never begun. We have to learn to recognize when our "love" story has turned toxic. Couples go through ups and downs sure, that's why it's always a good idea to visit a third party, not sexually, but visiting a therapist is always healthy.
Sometimes an outside ear can bring it all together. And they can also let you know when it's time to run. They know the signs.Redditor u/Gnerdy was hoping some therapists out there would share with us about the times when they knew they were treating couples that may be beyond help by asking.... Couples therapists, without breaking confidentiality, what are some relationships that instantly set off red flags, and do you try and get them to work out?
Options<p>I'm not a therapist, but my therapist straight face told me that "there are worse options than divorce".</p><p>Got divorced and it was the best thing that happened to me. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/krym7q/couples_therapists_without_breaking/gidevbz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">pconwell</a><span></span></p>
Choose for Us<p>One partner says they're seeking your services to help them determine if they want to stay together; the other partner says they're seeking your services to make it so they stay together.</p><p>Then it's about highlighting the points and allowing the person who is on the fence decide what they want, since the other person knows.</p>
The Cousel<p>I saw a couple that was doing "retaliatory" cheating (and telling each other about it). When they got through their anger, they decided to call a truce and made peace. With their level of emotional maturity, I doubt it lasted. I don't know if I helped them or prolonged their suffering. </p>
They're Wrong<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTI2NjMzNi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NzcyNDIxN30.Hsqcl2j6TCRmkS47sVFsDtcPPe554vsBW-TNvj1lb2U/img.gif?width=980" id="dda59" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="591039a5d8c365d83577116376bbac6b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="278" />Argue Sesame Street GIFGiphy<p>People who approach therapy with the idea that they must convince the therapist that they're right and their partner is wrong. Almost like they're complaining to a parent or boss to have them sort out the problems. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/krym7q/couples_therapists_without_breaking/gid770t?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hyujikol</a><span></span></p>
Remember When....<p>Relationship therapist here.</p><p>One of the biggest red flags I see when working with a new couple is when they've totally forgotten the good. Part of relationship therapy is reconnecting a couple with what they like about each other, what initially attracted them to each other, and what the positives are between them.</p>
See One Another<p>When I see a couple in which one or both of the members are seeking to change something fundamental about the other person. We process where the need for the change comes from and the person with the issue evaluates whether it's a dealbreaker for them or not. We work on acceptance and tolerance of others. I also recommend my couples are also in individual therapy on their own.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/krym7q/couples_therapists_without_breaking/gid7uub?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ladyledylidy</a></p>
Pleading the 5th....<p>I was in couples therapy. At the end of the first session, the therapist asked us to say one nice thing about each other. I went first, said something nice about him. Therapist asked him to say something, and he replied "My mother always told me if you can't say something nice, say nothing. </p>
Lost Peace<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTI2NjM0MS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDU1MTAyMn0.OeMngXR0tLEGpA998OlYYBBBm0hsmU8lukDNs3zNR1U/img.gif?width=980" id="bd80f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="745801e16b4a814ea25d033196739dd5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="400" />mad rainn wilson GIF by T-MobileGiphy<p>Contempt. When I experience true contempt from one in the relationship I know it is usually over. Look towards a peaceful ending at that point if possible. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/krym7q/couples_therapists_without_breaking/gid3sen?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">threerottenbranches</a><span></span></p>
The Fiancè<p>Not my client, but I had to watch as my own roommate dealt with her fiancè.</p><p>He was: A. controlling her (physically/activities/financials). </p><p>B. continuously dismissing her feelings/assessments/opinions (fiancè would revert to baby talk, speaking to roommate like she was an uneducated child, "daddy knows best" type of gaslighting garbage). </p><p>C. <em>trying</em> to hide his narcissistic tendencies behind his "good church boy" exterior.</p>
Mean It...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTI2NjM0Ni9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDA4Mjc4NX0.wQcT1frVC2NIr5XBW3r1tR1eESSQ4PSSnq6_dSDOinw/img.gif?width=980" id="56eb0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="031d55e0744ebc682cd70823d4852e35" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="640" data-height="360" />ava duvernay couple GIF by OWN: Oprah Winfrey NetworkGiphy<p>It's very easy to work out when one person knowingly prioritises their own wants and needs over their partners. Relationships like this are often doomed because the person simply doesn't care enough to make any meaningful change. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/krym7q/couples_therapists_without_breaking/giczfvo?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ocelot_piss</a></p>
Not a single thriving relationship has ever suddenly gone through a break up.
When things are ended, the deed comes after a slow creep, the confusing period of self-rationalizations, growing contempt, and willful denial.