Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways.
Marriage counseling typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation and what the therapist recommends.
Some couples seek marriage counseling to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other. Marriage counseling can also help couples who plan to get married. Premarital counseling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before marriage.
In other cases, couples seek marriage counseling to improve a troubled relationship. You can use marriage counseling to help with many specific issues, including:
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Recovering from an affair
- Recovering from a loss
- Navigating cross-cultural or religious differences
- Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
- Substance abuse
Our therapists and our counseling interns are trained in effective marriage counseling techniques such as Gottman’s research-driven therapy methods and the Prepare Enrich program for understanding and strengthening relationships.