Kristen Bell Reveals She and Dax Shepard Go to Therapy Individually to ‘Talk S— About Each Other’

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are one honest couple. Although they seem very in love after eight years of marriage, they are also not afraid to admit they have some ups and downs as well.

Bell recently shared that she and Shepard started going to therapy individually, and it is for no reason other than to complain about each other.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have talked a lot about couples therapy

Bell and Shepard are advocates for couples therapy. The pair has admitted that their relationship might not be where it is today without the help of professional counseling.

“We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories,” she told People. “We both take responsibility when we are wrong, and I think it is easy to work with him because I married him, because I enjoy spending time with him and I trust him. That is exactly what I want in someone that I work with.”

Bell also told Good Housekeeping she does not see anything wrong with admitting to getting professional help for their marriage. She explained, “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.”

Kristen Bell says she and Dax Shepard started doing individual therapy

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Like many couples around the world, Bell and Shepard’s relationship was put to the test during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bell recently appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where she told guest host Chelsea Handler that she and Shepard started seeing their therapist individually. According to Bell, this helped them survive quarantine together.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, we were at each other’s throats,” she said. “And then all the doors locked in our house. Like, we had to stay inside. And we were like, ‘Woof. We need to get a handle on the annoyances.’”

Because of this, Bell and Shepard’s therapist “suggested that we go to therapy separately” “to talk s— about each other.”

Bell explained why individual therapy sessions have been helpful for them, saying, “Every two weeks or so I’ll see Harry via Zoom and complain about Dax, and then he’ll give me all the reasons why I’m wrong, and then Dax will do the same, and then by the time we meet up in the evening, we love each other again because our toolboxes are bigger.”

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have changed how they parent

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The pandemic didn’t just help them explore different sides to their relationship, it also made Bell and Shepard revisit some parenting rules they have for their two daughters.

“We were very quick to put them to bed prior to the pandemic, and now since we don’t have a lot on our plate in our evening, we now take the time to lay with them in bed,” Bell said, according to Popsugar.

She added, “I used to be a little hell-bent on the time, and I wanted them to get their sleep in. And now there’s this beautiful half hour where it’s almost the only time of day where they’re nice to each other . . . It becomes my favorite part of day because we’re just witnessing them in whatever the opposite of a witching hour is — their kindness hour — where their brains are starting to calm down and they’re able to be nice to each other, and I couldn’t see that moment before the pandemic.”