Couples counseling (couples therapy, marriage counseling), helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Couples therapy gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

Couples counseling can be short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis. Or you may need couples counseling for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. As with individual psychotherapy, you typically see a marriage counselor or therapist once a week.

Illness, infidelity, sex, anger, financial struggles, communication problems — all can contribute to distress in marriages or other relationships. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds.

Your relationship is on the rocks, and you both know it. But you aren’t sure how to fix things — or if you really want to.

It may be time for couples counseling. Couples counseling can help you rebuild your relationship. Through therapy, you may decide that you’d both be better off if you ended the relationship. Either way, couples counseling can help you understand your relationship better and make well-thought-out decisions.