5 Books About Relationships & Love To Read During A Rough Patch, According To Couples Therapists

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Are you and your partner having trouble? I've got five book recommendations from couples therapists for relationships going through a rough patch. Whether your problems are big or small, one of these books might help you find your way back to happiness.

Romantic partnerships can take a lot of hard work to maintain. Sometimes, you might think it would be easier to just be single. And while that may be true for some couples — as it certainly was for me and my ex — others are truly at their happiest when they are together, rain or shine.

In all of this, please remember that the absence of physical abuse does not mean your relationship is a healthy one. It isn't your job to fix your partner, and it isn't your fault if they hurt you.

If you know your relationship is worth saving, or even if you just know that you want it to be, the books on the list below can help you find your way toward reconciliation and mutual respect, according to the couples therapists we spoke to for this article. Read them alone, or with your partner, and try to put the advice they have for you to good use.

Marissa Kent-White, LMFT recommends 'ACT with Love' by Russ Harris

Marissa Kent-White is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Asheville, NC, where she runs a small private practice working with couples and families. She is a 2006 graduate of Northern Illinois University's MFT Master's program.

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Danielle Massi, LMFT recommends 'Eight Dates: Essential Vonversations for a Lifetime of Love' by John and Julie Gottman

Danielle Massi, LMFT is a holistic psychotherapist and private practice owner in Philadelphia, PA. When she's not in the office, Danielle works as an adjunct professor at Penn State University's Brandywine campus teaching courses in the Human Development and Family Studies / Psychology department. Danielle has written for and been featured in the Huffington Post, and has been featured on major news outlets like CBS Philly and Fox29 Philly as an expert in her field.

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Rachel Thomasian, LMFT recommends 'Fighting for Your Marriage' by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, and Susan L. Blumberg; 'The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work' by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver, and 'The State of Affairs' by Esther Perel

Rachel Thomasian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Executive Director of Playa Vista Counseling.

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