Couples and marriage therapy is offered to support people in a relationship who may be experiencing difficulty with communcation, chronic conflict and other unhealthy patterns of interaction. Others may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding.
Although couples counseling is recommended as soon as discontent arises in a relationship, studies show that on average, partners will not seek therapy until they have struggled for 6 years. However, as more time passes, the more difficult it may be to repair the relationship. In some cases, a couple who has already decided to separate may pursue therapy in order to end the relationship amicably and respectfully.