What is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy, sometimes referred to as marriage therapy, can help couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through couples therapy, you and your partner can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways.
Couples therapy is often provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. It is also quite often short term. Couples therapy typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation.
How Can Couples Therapy Help?
Couples therapy can help people in all types of intimate relationships — regardless of sexual orientation or marriage status.
Some couples seek therapy to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other. Therapy 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 therapy to improve a troubled relationship. You can use marriage counseling to help with many specific issues, including:
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
- Substance abuse