Marriage counseling helps couples recognize and solve conflicts and improve their relationships.
Marriage counseling typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone.
Marriage counseling can also help couples who plan to get married. This pre-marital counseling can help couples understand each other and discuss differences before marriage. Some issues can include communication problems, sexual problems, conflicts with blended families, drinking or drug use, financial difficulties, addictions, anger, and infidelity.
Before choosing a marriage therapist, consider whether the therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner. It may be needed for crisis control, an immediate short term situation or longer term over several months. It will depend on the specific issue or issues and can be a step in deciding if the marriage can be saved or if not.
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s website can help you find a marriage therapy in your area. Their website is http://www.aamft.org/.