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What Is Marriage Counseling?

Marriage Counseling in Minneapolis. A couple participates in therapyMarriage counseling is also sometimes referred to as couple’s counseling or couple’s therapy.  It is a type of psychotherapy (or counseling) that helps couples to explore, recognize, and resolve conflicts.  The goal is to improve a couple’s relationship and their interactions.

Counseling can help couples in all types of intimate relationships.  Some couples seek marriage counseling to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other.  Premarital counseling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and identify differences in perspective and potential problems before marriage.

In many cases, couples seek counseling to improve a troubled relationship. Couples use counseling to help with many issues, including:

  • Communication problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Tragedy and Grief
  • Infidelity

Marriage counseling can be short term. It typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation.

Statistics about marriage counseling are promising. According to research from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 90% of couples who try marriage counseling feel that their emotional health improves, and two-thirds even report improvements in their physical health.

Perhaps the most important statistic of all is that up to three-fourths of couples see improvements in their relationships after marriage counseling.

Marriage, like anything else, requires work and ongoing “maintenance”.  For many couples, counseling is just the right thing that helps them move through their struggles and endure as a couple. Marriage counseling may not always be easy, especially at first, but your relationship is worth the work!

More Resources: “7 Reasons You May Need Marriage Therapy” at AARP.org