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“It’s happening more," agrees relationships coach Jo Barnett."If two people like each other and want to give it a go, they’re just more open to getting help, whether it’s coaching or therapy.It might be a growing trend, but preventative therapy is still something I’m a little sceptical about. “I used to think the exact same,” my friend Gina*, 25, tells me.

You just have to watch an American sitcom to see how mainstream it's become.If you’re three months into a relationship and know that you keep clashing over the exact same problems, why wait for them to get worse?The only problem seems to be that we’ve made it taboo.He suggested it because we’d been fighting a bit and reached a point where we'd considered breaking up.“We both really wanted to make it work – we were just struggling.I just kept going back to ‘this person has the thing I want, and I have to figure out how we can exist peacefully.’ So we started [seeing a therapist together] right away.” Bell said it gave her “a much bigger toolbox” for when they had disagreements, explaining: “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.” And it looks like Britain's young couples are wising-up to the benefits of early relationship therapy, too.We only go about once a month, but it’s helping us talk about things.” Gina isn’t even the only 20-something I know who has therapy.When I tentatively broach the topic with friends it turns out they have either thought about it, or know couples who do it regularly.“I used to have individual therapy anyway,” says Laura*, 26.“So when my boyfriend and I had problems, it didn’t seem that strange to me to seek professional help.

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