Mark Hillman, Ph.D., (Psy) LMHC
Sometimes people have problems communicating and handling conflict with their significant other. Marriage therapy or relationship therapy helps couples work through their emotional, sexual, financial, or other types of problems. Then they often find better ways of being with each other.
Whether you want to improve a good relationship, or want to save a very troubled one, marriage therapy can make a significant contribution.
Working with couples often allows for a greater understanding and improved communication. It may allow for each individual to gain clarity about their needs and desires, as well as ways that they can change their behavior to improve their level of satisfaction in the relationship.
Marriage counseling gives couples the tools to achieve honest, respectful, two-way communication that actually prevents arguments. You can replace resentment with respect - replace arguments with caring conversations. New skills allow you to build intimacy without sacrificing your individual identities.
Marriage therapy focuses on clearing past issues, so you can concentrate on improving your present situation. Working individually and together, you can heal old wounds, address conflicting priorities and preferences, and bring balance back into your lives. Habitual patterns of negative interaction can be replaced by fresh and love-enhancing behavior.
Common areas that marriage therapy or couples therapy can help fix: communication difficulties, intimacy problems, sexual issues, financial conflicts, decreased fun in the relationship, infidelity problems, domestic conflict/frequent fighting, blending family/step-family problems, parenting issues, anger issues, power/control problems, lack of mutual respect, career/work conflicts, and overall decreased satisfaction within the relationship.
In today 's society, any sort of couple may want to seek help with their relationship. They could be married or "involved," straight or gay.