Couples often approach counseling with the expectation that a therapist can help in some way—though they may not know just how they expect the therapist to help.
Chronic relationship conflict or stress can contribute to mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety, for one or both partners.
Severe stressors include infidelity, terminal illness of one partner, and serious mental health issues.
Resentment, contempt, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressed.
Relationship counselors are unlikely to take sides or recommend that a couple end their relationship.
Instead, they will allow the therapy process to unfold naturally without a predetermined goal of “saving” the relationship.
Trained therapists help partners by supporting the goals set by the couple and helping each partner to communicate his or her needs, thoughts, and emotions more clearly and to listen to the other partner more carefully.