Kristen Bell on Why She and Dax Shepard Now Go to Therapy Separately

Kristen Bell is getting real about the benefits of going to therapy for both her and her husband, Dax Shepard. The 40-year-old actress appeared virtually on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Tuesday, and spoke to guest host Chelsea Handler about why therapy is great for them.

Bell acknowledged that at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, she and 46-year-old Shepard were “at each other’s throats” and both realized they had to get “a handle on the annoyances” once they were stuck in quarantine together. Their longtime therapist, Harry, then suggested they go to therapy separately so that they could “talk sh*t about each other.”

“And we did, and it’s been great,” Bell said with a big smile. “Currently, what we’ve been doing for the past couple of months, every two weeks or so, I’ll go see Harry on 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.”

“When you have a third party moderating any disagreement, it’s always a safer place,” she added. “Because when two people are talking, defense mechanisms, cortisol, all that stuff, it just messes up the solution.”

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