Relationships are complex and require ongoing effort and attention to maintain a strong, healthy bond. While every couple faces challenges, some issues may be more difficult to navigate on your own.

Couples therapy can be a powerful tool to help you and your partner work through obstacles, improve communication, and strengthen your connection[1]. But how do you know when it’s time to seek professional help?

Here are five signs that indicate it may be time to consider couples therapy.

1. Communication breakdowns

If you and your partner find yourselves constantly arguing, unable to have productive conversations, or avoiding important topics altogether, it may be a sign that your communication skills need improvement. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, resentment, and a lack of emotional connection[2]. Couples therapy can help you learn effective ways to express your feelings, listen actively, and find common ground. Your therapist will provide tools and strategies to help you navigate difficult conversations and build a stronger foundation of open, honest communication.

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2. Lack of intimacy

Intimacy, both emotional and physical, is a crucial component of a healthy relationship. If you’ve noticed a significant decrease in affection, sexual desire, or feelings of closeness, it could be a red flag[3]. Many factors can contribute to intimacy issues, such as stress, unresolved conflicts, or individual mental health concerns. Couples therapy can help you explore the root causes of intimacy issues and develop strategies to reconnect. Your therapist will create a safe, non-judgmental space for you and your partner to discuss sensitive topics and work together to rebuild a sense of closeness and desire.

3. Unresolved conflicts

Every couple argues, but if you find yourselves rehashing the same fights without resolution, it may be time to seek help. Unresolved conflicts can erode the foundation of your relationship, leading to feelings of frustration, bitterness, and disconnection[4]. Couples therapy can provide a safe space to address recurring conflicts, identify underlying issues, and develop problem-solving skills to break the cycle. Your therapist will help you and your partner learn to approach conflicts with empathy, respect, and a willingness to compromise, fostering a stronger, more resilient bond.

4. Breach of trust

Trust is the foundation of any strong relationship. If you or your partner have experienced a breach of trust, such as infidelity, lies, or broken promises, it can be challenging to move forward. The emotions surrounding trust issues, such as anger, hurt, and betrayal, can be overwhelming and difficult to process alone[5]. Couples therapy can help you navigate these complex emotions and work together to rebuild a solid, honest partnership. Your therapist will guide you through the process of healing, forgiveness, and re-establishing trust, providing support and guidance every step of the way.

5. Growing apart

As relationships progress, it’s natural for individuals to grow and change. However, if you feel like you and your partner are growing in different directions or have little in common anymore, it could be a sign of trouble. A sense of disconnection or lack of shared purpose can lead to feelings of loneliness, dissatisfaction, and doubt about the future of your relationship[6]. Couples therapy can help you rediscover shared interests, values, and goals, and foster a sense of teamwork and partnership. Your therapist will work with you to identify areas of compatibility and help you cultivate a renewed sense of connection and commitment to your relationship.

When to seek help

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your relationship, it’s essential to take action sooner rather than later. Many couples wait until their issues have escalated to a critical point before seeking help, making the process of healing and rebuilding more challenging. By addressing concerns early, you and your partner can work together to prevent minor issues from becoming major obstacles and build a stronger, more resilient bond.

It’s also important to remember that seeking couples therapy is not a sign of failure or weakness. Instead, it demonstrates a commitment to your relationship and a willingness to invest in your shared future. A skilled couples therapist can provide valuable insights, tools, and support to help you and your partner navigate challenges and emerge stronger, more connected, and better equipped to handle future obstacles together.


Recognising the signs that your relationship may benefit from couples therapy is an important step in maintaining a strong, healthy partnership. By seeking help early, you and your partner can work together to address challenges, improve communication, and build a more fulfilling, resilient bond.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your own relationship, consider reaching out to a qualified couples therapist at Mind Health to begin your journey of growth and healing together.

With the right support and guidance, you and your partner can overcome obstacles, deepen your connection, and create a relationship that thrives.


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  3. Johnson, S. M. (2008). Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
  4. Baucom, D. H., Epstein, N. B., Kirby, J. S., & LaTaillade, J. J. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy. APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Vol. 2. Applications and Methods, 23-50.
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  6. Schnarch, D. (1997). Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.