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Emotional Regulation in Marriage Counselling

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation plays an important role in maintaining healthy relationships. In the context of marriage counselling, developing inner resources and skills in emotional regulation can help couples work through conflicts more productively, enhance their communication, and establish a deeper emotional connection, ultimately strengthening their bond and emotional intimacy.

Emotional Challenges

Couples often struggle with managing their emotions, leading to reactivity, conflict and misunderstandings.

Overwhelming emotions can create barriers to productive communication.

Managing Emotion

Marriage counselling incorporates approaches to help couples understand fight-or-flight responses and manage their emotions.

Emotional regulation and the understanding and acceptance of emotions can help to resolve conflict and strengthen the overall health of the relationship.

What is Emotional Regulation?

Emotional regulation refers to awareness, as well as managing and responding to an emotional experience in a healthy and authentic way. In marriage counselling, it involves helping couples understand, accept and express emotions to encourage better communication and relationship dynamics.

Positive Impact

Improving emotional regulation can significantly enhance the quality of a relationship by reducing conflicts and increasing understanding and empathy between partners.

Counselling Approaches

Experienced therapists use various approaches to teach emotional regulation, including mindfulness practices and communication skills training.


What are the benefits of emotional regulation in marriage?
Emotional regulation helps manage conflicts productively, improves communication, and strengthens the overall relationship by encouraging understanding and empathy.
How is emotional regulation taught in marriage counselling?
Therapists can help couples understand the difference between reactivity and responsiveness and learn communication skills to help them manage and express their emotions respectfully and authentically.
Can emotional regulation prevent conflicts?
Healthy arguments and conflict are ok. Emotional regulation can help with emotional intimacy, connection, and understanding, leading to healthier relationship dynamics.


  1. Gottman, J. M., & Silver, N. (2015). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Harmony Books.
  2. Gross, J. J. (2014). Handbook of Emotion Regulation. The Guilford Press.
  3. Snyder, D. K., & Balderrama-Durbin, C. (2012). Couple Therapy: Integrating Theory and Technique. American Psychological Association.
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision