It's estimated that nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States sought therapy for mental health in 2019. The benefits of therapy cannot be overstated, as the treatment isn't just for people who are actively struggling—it's for people who are trying to make big decisions, who are trying to heal from past trauma and who are simply seeking more control over their mental health.

Couples therapy is no different, and you don't have to be on thin ice to benefit. Couples therapy can help guide you and your partner in the ideal direction for your relationship, whether it includes marriage, children or even an open relationship. Here's a look at some of the ways you and your partner can benefit from couples therapy.

Couples therapy is a judgment-free zone

Hiding frustrations you have about your relationship or life isn't healthy, and letting those resentful feelings simmer under the surface often results in scathing blowups.

A couples therapist will never judge you or your partner for blowups. Rather, they'll help you get to