Couples therapy (also couples' counseling, marriage counseling, or marriage therapy) attempts to improve romantic relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Couples therapy is often perceived as difficult and embarrassing for clients, but having a neutral person assess the situation and give advice on how it could change can be enormously helpful to a couple. People decide to seek counselling for a number of reasons: there may be a change in their situation, such as a betrayal, loss of job, birth of a child, bereavement, that has unsettled them.
For others, long-term differences may have come to a head. These might include: communication problems, intimacy and sexual issues, family difficulties, complications of re-constituted families, past abuse, body image, and troubles that one or both partners may be dealing with, which inevitably affects them both. The couple may be considering separation or divorce.
Members of a couple each come from their own family and cultural background, which heavily influences who they are. They may be highly vulnerable, angry, have poor self-esteem and many other aspects of being human.
Before you throw in the towel, try to repair your relationship back to its healthy state. Studies show that couples therapy is effective at restoring a relationship 75 percent of the time.