Relationship counseling is an important tool to help couples work through conflicts and recognize unhealthy habits. Couples often don’t have either the awareness of interpersonal interactions or the skills to change those interactions. Relationship counseling allows the therapist to work in the moment with couples whereas individual counseling focuses primarily on half the couple.
Dr. John Gottman studied couples relationships his entire carreer and discovered his Four Horsemen of relationships: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt and Stonewalling. Gottman has written numerous books about relationships including The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work. Reading Gottman’s work can be a helpful addition to couples counseling.
Other resources that may be helpful in improving relationships can be found by following these links: