Couple or marriage therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a therapist with clinical experience working with couples helps two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. Although the practice of couple therapy may vary depending on the therapist’s theoretical orientation, all couple therapy tends to involve the following general elements:
- A focus on a specific problem (ex: sexual difficulties, insecurity, communication etc).
- Active participation on the part of the therapist in treating the relationship itself, rather than each individual separately.
- Solution-focused, change-oriented interventions early on in treatment.
- A clear establishment of treatment objectives.