Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat relationship distress. The purpose of couples therapy is to restore a better level of functioning in the relationship by identifying the presence of current or past dissatisfaction. Couples therapy can focus on a current problem, prevent an exacerbation of problems, or simply provide a “check-up” for a couple that is experiencing a period of transition or increased stress.
Common areas of concern addressed in Couples therapy include financial issues with, ineffective communication patterns, parenting, sexual difficulties, infidelity, in-laws/extended family, chronic health issues, infertility, gambling, substance use, emotional distance, and frequent conflict. While some couples seek therapy to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other, couples therapy can also help couples who plan to marry married. Premarital counseling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences prior to marriage.
Couples therapy is beneficial for relationships across all economic, racial, sexual orientation, and cultural sectors. Couples therapy is not appropriate for couples who are currently experiencing domestic violence. Please see the Resources tab on this website for more information on resources to assist with violent relationships.