Research has shown that couples often avoid seeking intervention into their troubled relationship. Couples therapy or marriage counselling is often recommended for individuals who want to resolve issues that have a negative impact on their relationship. Subsequently, these individuals seek therapy to deal with resulting relationship stress. Therapy serves to improve communication between partners, and to help understand the events which lead to negative or complex emotions.
Couples therapy is useful for dealing with a number of relationship problems including, but not limited to, power dynamics, intimacy issues, sexual dissatisfaction, intimate partner abuse, infidelity, and communication difficulties as well as conflict management. Therapy addresses many facets of a relationship, and often uncovers issues that were not previously considered or dealt with, which can be very helpful, particularly if a couple is considering divorce or separation, or wanting to improve on the quality of their relationship.