and Justin Theroux
began their couples counseling even before they were married in 2015 — with friends revealing the intimate secrets that kept the stars in therapy!
"There were so many differences from the beginning," said a source. "They communicated in different ways, had different lifestyles, and constantly fought over living
in New York City or Los Angeles." Jen was also quick to keep up the counseling after Justin accepted several acting offers after wrapping up his HBO show "The Leftovers" in 2016 — surprising her by increasing his workload.
"Part of the therapy," said the source, "was to help them stay on track as a couple, because Justin got so distracted about the things outside of their relationship." That included lawsuits over the death of Carmen Musgrove, after the personal assistant to movie producer and wedding guest Joel Silver drowned in a lagoon as part of their honeymoon entourage in 2015.
Sources also reported that Jen was hit hard by "baby envy"
as her showbiz pals kept having kids. Friends said that she turned to "jealousy therapy" to help overcome it. "Jen thought she'd come to terms with it and was focusing on having fun with Justin and her work," said an insider before the wedding. "But right now, it feels like everyone's having babies but her."
Some problems, however, were more mundane. That includes Jennifer revealing that her sex life with Justin had gone to the dogs over her pampered pooches. She had her three dogs — Clyde, Dolly and Sophie — sharing the bed with her and Justin in their Bel Air home. "They have to sneak off to bed early and hope the dogs don't notice," shared a pal, "but everything ends up rushed!"
The couple also had to talk about their differences when it came to Jennifer's retail therapy! "Jennifer is a compulsive shopper," revealed a close source, "but Justin hates wasting money. He doesn't mind when Jen buys a new outfit for a publicity tour or appearance, but it annoys him to no end when she blows big bucks on stuff she doesn't need — or already has!"
But, said an insider, the continuing counseling may pay off as Jennifer endures another high-profile split — which even mirrored the end
of her marriage to Brad Pitt
. "Jen's trying to be at peace with all this," said the insider. "She's working through the sadness. What she really hates is having to end it all under a spotlight!"