Couples counseling is helpful for couples who experience relationship challenges such as repetitive arguments, feeling distance or emptiness in the relationship, feel angry, resentful, and unhappy or negative communication patterns. Working with a therapist you and your partner have the opportunity to go beyond surface emotions and express deeper feelings. The goals are for the couple to communicate effectively, learn healthy conflict resolutions skills and to re-build intimacy and trust. For couples in long-term relationships, ongoing issues can be more safely discussed in the presence of a neutral and compassionate couples counselor. According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, research indicates that couples counseling is helpful for relationships. At the end of couples therapy, than 75% of couples were better off than those in the same situation that did not receive counseling. 65% of couples reported a “significant” improvement in relationship satisfaction. You and your partner can make couples counseling more effective if you make a commitment to counseling, acknowledge that challenges and the need for greater relationship satisfaction exist, be open to the process and the idea that change takes some time.