Couples therapy including marriage counseling can improve the health of relationships. Two people who are struggling to stay together but are committed to working things out are appropriate for couples therapy. When there is domestic abuse, extra marital affairs, or active addiction, couples therapy will not be beneficial. Individual therapy is often recommended before a couple engages in therapy. An individual works out his/her own issues prior to working on a relationship.
Both people must feel emotionally and physically safe in order to do couples work. Some of the common reasons couples come to therapy are betrayal of trust, poor communication, dysfunctional conflict management and physical or emotional intimacy. Approximately fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. Many couples can repair their issues in order to prevent divorce and to live a happier life together.