Marriage counselling is usually a short-term therapy to work out problems in the relationship. Typically, the therapist asks questions about the couple’s roles, patterns, rules, goals, and beliefs. Therapy often begins as the couple analyzes the good and bad aspects of the relationship.
The therapist then works with the couple to help them understand that, in most cases, both partners are contributing to problems in the relationship. When this is understood, the two can then learn to change how they interact with each other to solve problems. The partners may be encouraged to draw up a contract in which each partner describes the behavior he or she will be trying to maintain. This type of counselling is also called couples therapy and is a type of psychotherapy and helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships.
Through couples counselling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways. Marriage counselling is often provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists and is often short term. The counselling typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation.